Old Stuff Day

This is Old Stuff Day.  When I think about old stuff in my house, the first thing that comes to mind is this washboard.


My grandmother, Edith (Stevens) Lynn, purchased the washboard in 1957, from Carabaos Store in Anchorage, Alaska.  My grandfather was in the Army and he was stationed there at the time.

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It’s amazing to think about how different their lives were from mine.  I can’t even fathom how long it would take to do laundry for an entire family with a washboard or how much elbow grease was involved in that task.

Life for them was hard.  They moved constantly with the Army and sometimes spent less than one year at a location before moving again.  They raised four kids and would sacrifice to provide the best possible life for their children.

My mom remembers in the early years, when my grandfather was just a private, my grandmother would skip meals.  She sat at the table and said she wasn’t hungry.  However, the truth was she didn’t have enough food to feed everyone.  She decided her husband needed a good meal, since he was a soldier, and the children needed food to grow, be healthy, and do well in school.

The washboard now hangs in our laundry room, but it’s more than a decorative piece.  It is a reminder of my family legacy.

The sacrifice and hard work of my grandparents, gave my mom the chance at a good education and an example of how to survive in the world.

Mom passed that legacy down to her children.  Today my life successes are a reflection of that tradition and I try to teach Gwen the same values I learned from Mom.

It began over 60 years ago, a tradition of hard work, dedication, and love for your family.  It still continues to this day, thanks to my grandparents, Frank and Edith Lynn.

8 thoughts on “Old Stuff Day

  1. It is so wonderful to have those values instilled at an early age. My grandparents were similar, working so hard on the farm in the 1930´s. I too attribute my successes due to the values of hard work and integrity passed on. How wonderful to have that washboard hanging in your home.

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  2. what a beautiful truth in this post- I love you grandma Edith. Those before us did sacrifice on a much bigger level . Their lifework was truly the family. Many generations made us who we are today. Just lovely that you reminded me of that. Thank you

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  3. theburningheart says:

    Brought back old memories, from way back on my child years, witnessed Grandma, and Nanny doing laundry the old way, no washing machines, no dryers, washboard, and laundry lines in the yard to hung the clothes to dry, and iron after!
    But that wasn’t all, there were lacking so many modern conveniences we now take fro granted, like blenders, microwaves ovens, some people in rural areas didn’t have access to gas, electricity or phones, a day was hard work from early morning until bedtime, people now day can’t believe when I tell them how it was visiting Grandmother in a rural area! 🙂

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  4. Love this post. I often wonder how that generation found time to do anything other than laundry. LOL Your grandmother sounds like a wonderful soul and so dedicated to her family and her country. I wish more people these days had those characteristics. I don’t have those memories of grandparents, but my parents were similar – thankfully, they are still with us and still going strong. We live in a rural area and I recall doing laundry with a wringer washing machine. They did sacrifice a lot for my brother and I. The one story I love to tell is that I wanted to take piano lessons. At the time, they were giving them at my elementary school. After a couple of weeks, the teacher told them if I was going to pursue it, that I needed a piano at home so I could practice. Since I really wanted to play, dad came home and sold a cow so he could afford to buy me that piano, which is still in their house today. Needless to say, because of that, there was NO WAY I was going to get out of practicing as I was supposed to. I am no Mozart or anything, but I do okay and continue to play – sharing with the residents in a local nursing home every Sunday.

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