A COUPLE of recent columns touching on “back when” sure kicked up a bunch of “back whens.” One of my favorite emails came from Sandy Brown of Weaver. She sent me a list of things “Momma” did or didn’t do when hanging clothes on the “clothes line” back before dryers came along.
— You had to wash the clothesline before using, walking the entire length with a wet cloth wrapped around the line.
— You hung socks by the toes, not the top.
— You hung pants by the bottom cuffs, never by the waistband.
— You never hung a shirt by the shoulders, always by the tail.
— You had to hang the clothes in a certain order, and always hang “whites” with “whites” and hang them first.
— Hang the sheets and towels on the outside lines so you could hide your “unmentionables” in the middle.
— If you were efficient, you would line the clothes up so that each item did not need two pins, but shared one of the pins with the next washed item.
— Always gather the clothespins when taking down dry clothes. Pins left on the lines were “tacky.”
With that, I think we’ll shut the door for a while on “back when,” but I do thank Sandy for helping me write today’s little essay.
A TREAT: Get online and Google “Ken Curtis Tumbling Tumbleweeds.”
Curtis was “Festus” a long time ago on Gunsmoke ... just lean back and listen ... and thank me later.
BIRTHDAYS: Sept. 17 — Michelle Elrod; Sept. 18 — Kaleb Shelton; Sept. 23 — Baldy Wilson; Sept. 24 — William Dennis Daniel; Sept. 28 — Danny Albright; Sept. 29 — Mattie Crisp; Oct. 1 — Avis Smith Cotton (my baby sister); Oct. 2 — Willie Mae Bunt and Neal Estes; Oct. 4 — Wayne Smith; Oct. 5 — Arlis Mitchell and Dakota MacFarlane.
WHERE ARE they now?
Back in 1984, her name was Lisa Ogle, she was a head majorette at Saks High, and in the National Honor Society. Today, she is Dr. Lisa Ogle Williams and the principal of Barber Middle School in Acworth, Ga.
It took a while and some educating to get there:
Jacksonville State, Class of ’87, B.S. in secondary education, ballerina in JSU band.
Jacksonville State, 1992, masters in secondary education and English.
West Georgia College, 1998, degree in Education Specialist in Leadership and Administration.
University of Southern Mississippi, doctorate, dissertation on “The Relationship Between School-Based Mental Health Services and Academic Achievement Among Middle School Students.”
Why did I tell you that?
Well, every now and then something catches my attention and Dr. Williams did that . . .
TOP TEEN: Say hello to Harley Jones, a senior at Jacksonville Christian Academy where her 4.0 GPA has been a ticket to the A Honor Roll for four consecutive years.
Young Miss Jones is a member of the National Honor Society, the PEP Club, in 4-H for seven years, claimed the English Award as a junior, and is a member of the JCA Choir.
She was a member of the varsity volleyball and softball teams for five years, server on the volley team as a junior.
Harley is a member of Wellington First Baptist Church, active in the youth group there, and a vacation bible school volunteer for the past six years.
“Harley has been an asset to JCA,” says Principal Tommy Miller. “She is a very good student and a great help in our worship teams. She has been a blessing to all of us here at JCA.”
Proud parents are Carla and Billy Jones of Wellington.
Let’s hear some applause for Miss Harley Jones ...
George Smith can be reached at 256-239-5286 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.