Mark Best

Q: If you throw a red stone into the blue sea what it will become? A: It will simply become wet.

I Still Love the Scent of Clothes Hanging Outside

When I was a kid, I always had a lot of chores to do. My mom was not married, so it was just the two of us. She worked hard to keep everything nice around our house, but she also worked full time, so it was my job to help her out as much as I could. One of my favorite chores was to hang up our laundry to dry. And we had clothes lines outside in our back yard.

There were so many chores that I did not like to do. But as soon as mom would pull the laundry out of the washing machine and would hand me the baskets full of freshly washed clothes, I would practically race outside to hang them up. I loved the act of clipping each clothing item up on the lines with the clothes pins. I loved listening to the birds singing as I did the work. I loved the sounds that the clothes made as they flapped back and forth in the light wind outside.

Another thing that I really liked is that all of our laundered things always smelled so fresh. My friends all had dryers in their homes, and their clothing always smelled like dryer sheets. A smell that always seemed so artificial. My clothes always smelled like flowers and sunlight. I especially loved the way our sheets smelled like the outdoors.

So, when I had my first two kids, I immediately resolved to have a clothes line installed outside. Sure, most every one has a dryer in their home these days, and I do, too. But I wanted the ability to show my kids what it was like back when I was a child. I wanted them to same fresh smells that I experienced as a young person, which was nothing but clean and natural.

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