Over the years things have changed in this neighborhood where I grew up. The corner store that sold newspapers, tobacco, magazines and candy is now part of the car dealership’s lot. They expanded and the other businesses shrank. The single gas station in town is now a convenience store. The grocery store is long gone and is a motorcycle shop now. When I used to ride my bicycle around the neighborhood as a child I would see back yards with dogs and clotheslines. Now the yards are smaller. Most are fenced in, and there are houses that are more cookie cutter in design. Wooded areas where I used to play have been cut down and housing projects erected.
Things are different. I saw one house with the steel pipes in the ground in their yard that used hold the rope for the clothesline. I remember my dad stringing new rope for mom on the clotheslines in our back yard. It had a coating of plastic on it. I still have some of those original wooden clothespins that mom used on the lines in our back yard. They are still stored in the aluminum bowl she kept them in. Continue reading