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.
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.