Today is National Hanging Out Day. No, that's probably not what you think it means. It doesn't mean to hang out and do nothing all day. However, that's probably what I'll end up doing. National Hanging Out Day refers to laundry and energy conservation. Today is a day set aside to encourage people to dry their clothes on a line, rather than a dryer.
One of my earliest memories is sitting in the sun watching my grandma hang her laundry on her clothesline. She placed each item so carefully and with such grace. She used to wear a little apron that held the clothespins in a big pocket. It was fun to watch her smooth each sheet out and hang each towel with perfection. My grandmother had a dryer, but she preferred the clothesline. We had one at our house, but my mom used the dryer more.
I suppose for many people, clotheslines are old-fashioned and a thing of days gone by. I still see them, of course, but we don't have one. There's probably some regulation against them in our home owners agreement anyway. Rick cannot stand sun-dried clothes and would literally flip out if I did that to his clothes. He's one of those people that can't wear anything if it's the slightest bit itchy. Drying his clothes on a line would be like torture. It's a good memory and reminds me of watching my grandma while she hangs her laundry by her sweet smelling rose garden.