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The Days of Our Lives-Like Sand in the Hourglass

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Monday, April 19, 2021



One thing I have found is that things taken care of last longer. (generally speaking).
When my brothers and I were growing up, our Mom hung her underwear on the clothesline. We had a pool in the back yard, and our house was ‘grand central’ in the summertime. (Kids had to walk past to get to the pool lol).



There was Mom’s underwear blowing in the breeze, for all our friends and the next-door neighbors to see! “Mom! Do you have to hang your underwear on the line? All our friends will laugh! Can’t you just put them in the dryer?” we begged. (not the exact picture loll)

“No!” she snapped. “Things taken care of last longer. And the dryer ruins things! Besides, your friends have no business looking at my underwear!” …”But Maaaa—um!” … “There will be no butts about it!”

And so it was, in the Days of our lives.... emoticon

How many remember? I have not watched the soaps since I was twenty-something. From high school, I ran as fast as my legs could carry me home to tune in to General Hospital and American Bandstand!…(two-mile walk) .



When I met my husband years later, he confided he too rushed home from high school where he and his Mom grabbed a Pepsi and bologna sand and tuned in to “General Hospital” and “Days of Our Lives.” … not to forget: As the World Turns! . (You can see we were a match made in heaven--lol).



One scene from General Hospital. All the soaps had lots of: D-R-A-M-A! (I suspect she is checking for a pulse--lol). A spark friend, 1zippyc, tells me his name is Franco. I think he died. emoticon but he may have had a faint pulse here. Lol

All said and done, Mom apparently knew about taking care of things. I am sure her underwear lasted longer than anyone’s on the block AND In just three weeks, she turns 100! A true centurion—and since she said, “Take care of things and they will last longer,” (She still has skin like porcelain and no wrinkles) ... And don't tell anyone, but this summer I will be 3/4 of a century! How can that be? I'm just a kid at heart--lol. And to think when I was twenty six, I was told I would be disabled and in a wheel chair by the time I reached my forties. Nope. Never happened. Still active--still moving. Don't plan to stop til all the sand has run out of the glass!

Like the sands of the hourglass, emoticon we cannot slow them or stop them, so let’s just keep sparking and take care of our amazing bodies.

Thanks for tuning in today! (The closest I will get to a soap today is a bar in the shower-lol).

P.S. Disclaimer: No disrespect to those of us who have conditions due to genetics-we do our best and what we can with what we have).
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  • SHARON10002
    Congratulations to your mom reaching 100, and you 75! My mom used to watch 3 soaps, but I never got home from school early enough to watch them as the bus ride was an hour long for me. Good thing though was that I got a lot of my homework done - anything that didn't involve too much writing. When I got home she was usually prepping for dinner and watching either Merv Griffin or Mike Douglas. Once in awhile she would let me watch American Bandstand, but not that often. I guess on those days she didn't like the "guest stars" on Merv or Mike. emoticon

    Oh, and everything was hung on the line to dry - outside when the weather was nice, or down in the basement if it was cold or rainy. I don't think we had a clothes dryer until I was about 9 or 10 years old, and even then if it was nice and sunny things were still hung out on the line to dry.
    6 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/8/2021 12:52:04 AM
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  • BILLB000
    I agree. We must simply keep sparking, and living life with gratitude. Aging can certainly be a good thing. So many of my own perspectives have changed and I have so much more settled in thoughts about what is important in life.

    Thank you for the blog. It was nicely done. And it gave me pause as well

    20 days ago
  • SUSANYOUNGER
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  • KAREN_EDMONDS
    Wow! Happy Birthday to you and your mother! No way do I hand my underwear on my clothesline. Way too many neighbors around.
    21 days ago
  • SISSIE21
    Ah, General Hospital with Luke and Laura. Memories! My mom hung our underwear out on the line as well. Different times... now I’m gonna go online and find an American Bandstand video. The best! 🕺💃
    22 days ago
  • SWEETNEEY
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  • NEWFLABULESS
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    My grandparents lived during the great depression and they saved everything. I remember re-using aluminum foil until you could no longer keep it together. Such different times for them but they taught me a lot of life lessons such as how important it is to save for a rainy day.

    Funny thing, my grandmother got me hooked on Days of our lives when I was in my 20's. I had to set my VCR and binge watch episodes. Finally, I realized that I was spending way too much of my precious time worrying about a TV show when I needed to do more important stuff. Several of my co-workers watch it during their lunch breaks at work and I can catch a few minutes here and there and be caught up.

    So glad that you beat the odds and showed the world that you weren't going to be an invalid!
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    22 days ago
  • REGILIEH
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  • no profile photo INCH_BY_INCH
    I still hang out clothes on the line. The underwear are tucked in on the lines on the inside. Oh yes, we watched those shows too. Nobody was allowed to breathe once the farm reports came on. emoticon emoticon
    22 days ago
  • PHATPAT18
    I used to watch General Hospital with my mom and continued to watch it when I got married. No wedding like Luke and Laura though. Through the years I would call her to discuss General Hospital when there was something awesome happening. Well my mom passed away last May 1st at the ripe age of 92. I still find myself thinking that I need to call her when something awesome happens and then I remember that she is gone.
    23 days ago
  • WHILLSW
    Great blog as always....
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  • THINCPL2004
    Wow my mom used to do the exact same thing, and she also added everyone's underwear on that line. My mom used to love General Hospital! I never got into the soaps cause I was banned from the house during her programs!
    23 days ago
  • LGRIF22
    You are only a few months older than me! I watched soaps more when pregnant with my 2nd child. In Jr. high school, I did hurry home for American Bandstand. Loved that show! In High School, I was too busy with cheerleading and plays (usually musicals). But everything you said was familiar to me.
    My mom didn't hang clothes outside much. My girlfriend's mom did. As it is, today I won't put my bras in the dryer. It does wear them out. The rest of it gets dried in the dryer, though. I do remember how good sheets smelled that were dried in the sun, though. They were not permanent press, though. Before they were perma press, I just sent them to the cleaners....easier than ironing them myself!
    23 days ago
  • GRANDP
    I've watched General Hospital since I was a teen and we always hung our clothes, underwear and all, on the line when I was growing up.

    Happy almost birthday to your mom.
    23 days ago
  • JUNETTA2002
    Thanks for sharing.
    23 days ago
  • PATRICIAAK
    Thanks!!!
    Enjoy your writing gift.
    For me:
    American Bandstand -- yes!
    soaps -- no (life was challenging enough)
    23 days ago
  • NANCY-
    We are only as old as we think we are.
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    23 days ago
  • COUNTRYGALINNY
    When I was in college, there was a group of us that watched one of the soap operas. I don't even remember which one. Thanks for bringing back that memory to me.
    23 days ago
  • OSONIYE
    I used to watch General Hospital with my mom, too!
    Thanks for sparking that good memory!
    24 days ago
  • no profile photo RACHNACH
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  • POLSKARENIA
    I remember watching Peyton Place with my mum, she loved it!
    24 days ago
  • DONNALEE-53
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  • AZMOMXTWO
    I wish your mom the best birthday ever

    I remember not wanting to miss a soap on the tv when I was younger but now I could care less I would rather go for a walk outside
    24 days ago
  • LIVINHEALTHY9
    Happy Birthday to your Mom! How awesome!

    Thanks for the stroll down memory lane.
    I too used to race home from school to watch the soaps, especially General Hospital and One Life to Live. I had to stop when I got a job working in the afternoons.
    They did start to get a little out there after a while.

    Have a good day!
    24 days ago
  • 1DARKHORSE
    Happy Blessed Birthday to your mom. My mom got us hooked on CBS soaps but once I had kids those days were over.
    Thanks for the funny blog!
    24 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    Happy birthday to your mom reaching 100! And congrats to you hitting 75! Both are milestones! And you don't sound a day over 29! I was a CBS soap fan, still am. My day is incomplete without the Young and the Restless and the Bold and the Beautiful. Recorded daily and watched as soon as I get off work each day!
    24 days ago
  • LIS193
    Haven’t had a dryer since we moved to Spain 2 years ago and it takes a little planning to get laundry done. We are off the grid so we need sun for electric and if there’s sun to run a dryer, the clothesline does the trick just as well!
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    24 days ago
  • ETHELMERZ
    So happy your Mom will be 100, I remember when my mom turned 100. Nice skin from washing with Noxema. Good old soaps, I remember back when All My Children and General Hospital were 15 min shows!
    And we ran home for American Bandstand. The good old days.
    Underwear hung on the inside, hidden by the sheets, lol.
    24 days ago
  • 1ZIPPYC
    Now you're talking my language! Soap Operas!!! My Mom and grandmother got me hooked on General Hospital at age ten! Guess what?! I still watch it! That pic of the man in the bed, is Franco, one of my fave characters. What's funny is Mom, quit watching it. She will be 85 this fall. I don't remember us doing clotheslines at all. But, we did have that above ground pool! Fun!
    That's amazing your Mom is almost 100. I always wonder about anyone, whoever they are, what they did to get to that age? Food, habits, vitamins, what? I mean, look at Betty White!
    You're just a young thing at 75! Keep doing all things healthy and being active, you'll be looking at many, many more years! Just like your Mom!
    Awesome blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    24 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/20/2021 1:52:59 AM
  • PORTIAWILLIS
    Lol I hadn’t thought of this for years but I couldn’t wait to get home to watch Dark Shadows. I graduated to vampire books then of course the movies. I loved the story about your mother’s undies hanging but I have one even better than that. My grandmother was very heavy, very short and wore the biggest white underwear I’ve ever seen. One day we were in town and as she got out of the car hers fell down to the ground. I guess the elastic broke. I was so humiliated but she just casually stepped out of them, picked them up and throw them into the floor of the car. I don’t think anyone else saw it but me. What a smile that brought to my face tonight as I read your blog. Thank you for sharing
    24 days ago
  • CINDYCHARLENE
    An absolutely amazing blog. You are quite the writer. I love reading your blogs. And in spite of your early upbringing it doesn't seem to have effected your dear mother adversely. She is to be commended for her longevity. Her spunk has gotten her through no doubt. I think you might have inherited some of that spunk. Yes? emoticon . .
    24 days ago
  • _CYNDY55_
    100 years is emoticon emoticon to your mom emoticon
    Beautiful Blog-----74 years THIS FRIDAY emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    24 days ago
  • MARYJEANSL
    I don't recall my mother hanging underwear on the clothesline, but she surely hung all the sheets. I hated it, not because I had anything against clotheslines in theory, but because everything she hung on that line came in the house with ants crawling all over it. YUCK!!!!!! I would beg, plead, and (try to) threaten, but those sheets went on the line regardless - because they smelled so nice. They did smell nice, I admit, but the ants trumped the nice smell. She claimed she shook them all off, but she did NOT.

    Good memories. I used to watch General Hospital. I remember it was on from 3 to 3:30, and I got out of school at 3:15. The school was literally across the street from my house, but I never managed to catch more than about five minutes of it once school started. I don't think I watched any other soaps, but my older sister was a big fan of Dark Shadows...good old Barnabus Collins. I watch next to no TV now, but my understanding is that the only soap opera still being made is The Young and the Restless. The others have all been cancelled. Kind of sad, but culture moves on, I guess.
    24 days ago
  • PATRICIAANN46
    Hi Jan.............I used to watch The Bold & The Young and the Restless way back when the boys were small and I had summers off from teaching. Now if I go past one while channel-surfing there is absolutely no interest at all. Too much drama and people coming back from the dead.
    My Mom always hung her underwear on the middle lines so the sheets and towels would "Hide" them. We had a bachelor who lived next door which I think, made her even more discreet. What I remember most about things on the line is WINTER. The sheets would freeze and I would have to carry them one at a time to the back porch, pry the door open and push them into the kitchen. They had a LIFE OF THEIR OWN.
    24 days ago
  • JAMER123
    We lived on the farm and our clothes lines were close to the main gravel road. Didn't matter what was hung. It was all or nothing. Even in the dead of winter we would have freeze dried clothes, sheets, and undies included. I did watch General Hospital occasionally.
    24 days ago
  • JUDYD207
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  • LSIG14
    LOL! Mama never hung her undies on the line where people could see them - she had a line strung in the garage so they would be hidden from sight (but NEVER put them in the dryer because the dryer ruined the elastic!)

    She never watched a soap opera but I remember rushing home from school during lunch break to see General Hospital and As the World Turns (15 minute episodes.) I'm older than you are so Days of Our Lives started several years later.
    24 days ago
  • HAYBURNER1969
    Wow, wonderful that your mother is still doing so well! (and you, too!)

    When I saw the line, "No buts about it!" I couldn't help thinking, "No butts" (you know, the underwear...) emoticon
    24 days ago
  • PATSGIRLY
    A great blog! I agree with your Mom. Take care of your things and they will last longer. I do and always have.

    As for the soaps...I've pretty much watched all of them at one time or another. I don't watch any now.
    24 days ago
  • PACEKA1
    Congratulations to your mom - she has taken good care of herself... as have you! I used to rush home from school to watch Dark Shadows - my mom always watched As the World Turns. Started watching General Hospital in college - it was always on in the lounge and it was a nice break. I've missed a lot of years working and things but it's still my guilty pleasure!
    24 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    I remember the clothes line fluttering in the breeze with the undies hanging. Definitely embarassing. BUT we lived, right!

    My parents both were in that camp too -- Take care of things and they'll last!

    HUGs
    24 days ago
  • SPARKLINGME176
    Wow! Soaps... I use to watch 7 of them, all day & weighted 100# more. YUCK! I would sew while watching. ( I STILL have some of those clothes! I still wear some of them & NEVER dry them in the dryer, either. I am rather tall, & want my close to fit me! HAHA!)) This was the late 70's. My MOM use to watch DAYS OF OUR LIVES, too. She was at work in the marionette theater & unplug the phones during it. She watched from the first episode. She doesn't now, me either! I knew never to need her during that time. If I was at school, etc. YES! THX for the laughs! & Happy B'Day to your Mom when it comes! I get to see mine for Mother's day, weekend. It's been since Nov. 2019. She's 92 with flawless skin, too! Taking care of things PLUS our bodies, REALLY makes a difference! emoticon
    24 days ago
  • ARTJAC
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  • HOLLYM48
    Happy 100th birthday to your Mama! I think that is awesome that she has taken good care of herself and is still here to celebrate.
    I used to love Day of our lives, oh but the drama and the people that would die and come back to life over and over! I don't care for any of those shows any longer, but in the day, I couldn't miss a day.
    Thanks for the memories and the smiles!
    24 days ago
  • CHERIRIDDELL
    How absolutely wonderful that your Mom is reaching 100.My Mum always said to take care of things they would last longer too! Memories are wonderful !
    24 days ago
  • SHAWFAN
    I never got into soaps. My grandmother and aunts were the ones to watch them a lot. Especially while watching my brother and me during the summer months while school was out.
    Sending Blessings to your Mother on her upcoming 100th Birthday! Blessing to you also, Jan. emoticon
    24 days ago
  • KOHINOOR2
    emoticon My mom and sisters always watched soaps. I never watched them. Happy Birthday to your mom. emoticon emoticon
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  • BUTTERFLYJANS
    What a fun trip down memory lane. I never got hooked on the soaps until I was taking care of three boys and when they were napping I discovered the soaps. I can't even remember the name of it. Yes they were full of drama.

    When I was young we hung the laundry outside. I hated that job. I had a hard time getting the clothes on the line. Every once in awhile I think it would be nice to have my clothes dry outside but I know the smell would not be anything like we had when I was growing up. Too many cars and pollution now a days.

    Wow your mom is going to be 100. That is so awesome. Wish her Happy Birthday from me. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    24 days ago
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