|Clothes line in Italy, 123rf.com|
|Clotheslines in Burano, Italy (an island in the Venetian lagoon) via Superstock|
|Another clothesline in Italy....why does everything just look better in Italy?|
Recently, I have been reminded of this again. Our dryer is on the fritz, sometimes working, more often not. And, quite frankly, there is no room in our budget to replace it and we're also hesitant to risk paying a couple of hundred dollars to fix it with no guarantee of success. I also don't want the inconvenience and expense of a laundromat dryer--so what to do? Solution: I went old school...back to my roots. I.e. I broke out a clothesline (we are fortunate enough to have an enclosed backyard, so we won't be annoying any potentially high-toned neighbors who might object to seeing our dainties exposed to the open air).
I started hanging out the clothes because of necessity, but I've come to enjoy it. It reminds me of my childhood on the farm, where we (usually I was stuck with this chore, but that might be selective memory) hung our clothes out all summer...I had forgotten the wonderful smell--a combination of sunshine and fresh air--of clothes dried on the line. Nothing beats climbing between sun-dried sheets--not even ironing them with lavender water. It also makes me feel like I'm doing something, even though small, to help the environment and cut our costs. It also reminds me of the summers I spent in Italy. I always try to live "European"---seasonal food, the respect for leisure, that certain style that just invades every aspect of their lives--I had forgotten, though, the bright lines of clothes draped (even in the major cities) across and between buildings...the bright clothes fluttering like medieval banners...a splash of color and art in everyday life.