It is Cold Now, but It Also Was Back Then

Fishing at Panama City

It’s Cold Now but It Was Back Then Also

It has been very cold lately, this mornig for example was 22 degrees on my thermometer.
This is not only time that it has been cold. I can remember times in my childhood (Back in the late 1940s) when It was very cold,  even colder than this.
Even if it was cold like this, Mama would have have to go out and work she had to wash clothes because we still
had to have clothes to wear no matter what the temperature was.
I remember one time one mother was out washing on a cold morning, just as cold, if not colder than today. The wind was really whipping.
It would blow the fire first out of one side of the bottom of the washpot and then the other. I was drawing water for her to rinse the clother in.
She would let me get by with four buckets for each rinse tub. She had two of them. Luckily I happened to be just getting out there with
a bucket of water when a gust of that arctic wind blew a coal of fire out from under the pot and it landed on mama’s back and caught fire
to her old wool sweater. We wore wool sweaters then because they were cheap and also kept you quite warm. You didn’t want the wool
next to your skin, though, because it really would scratch and itch. I really didn’t like those wool sweaters but the whole family had
one to wear in the winter time. Well, getting back to mama. I hollered, “Your back’s afire!” So she came out of the sweater and we put it
out before she got burned. The only harm done was a hole burned in the sweater.
But that is still a memory that will not leave my mind and especially in this cold weather.
I wonder, Why don’t we see the ground spew up in cold weather like we used to?

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About tladotse

I am a retired Electronics Engineer who specialized in circuit design, antenna design, reliability and maintainability. I am an amateur radio operator and also have hobbies of fishing and photography. Getting kinda old but still get around pretty well.
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