Tucker McBride

Return to a time when a boy could be a boy; when life was more clear from the top branch of a tree; when a kid could trade anger and disappointment for action and adventure; when the whole neighborhood was his playground; and the sloppy kiss from a dog could make everything right.

Monday, November 11, 2019

So, You Think You're Working Now?

Made a frequent stop at my favorite Antique Mall last Monday. Oh my, I found a real back-breaker.

   Believe it or not, this is a washing machine. In my estimation,  "machine" is a very iffy term. To my way of thinking, "machine" implies a plug-in-the-outlet-type-invention that improves the activity in the description of the device. Come to think of it, I guess this "machine" would be an improvement over scrubbing the laundry against a washboard while bending over a huge, galvanized washtub.

While I get these images out of my mind, I wonder if the "machine" can have other uses. Alexa tells me it is snowing right now, with a break in an hour. While I have to keenly focus my eyes through the window onto the backyard, I'll take her prediction of snow as an aid in developing some other ideas.

First, I am reminded of "Rub-a-dub-dub, three men in a tub." I thought of putting the grandchildren in the "machine" and sending it down a snow-covered hill at Memorial Park for fun and laughter. Then I thought of the hay bales at the bottom of the hill and the little old antique "machine" crashing into them. I had to rule that out.

Then, I thought of placing the ancient washing "machine" by the front door this winter so visitors can place their boots inside. I wondered what kind of drain was in the bottom and if it was tight and waterproof. Okay, the next mental image was of me trying to pick up the tub to empty any melted ice or snow that could gather there. Sorry, no, that won't work either.

Alright, I need help. What would you offer as a suggestion for the old washing machine's modern use? Offer your thoughts here or add them to the Facebook post that directed you here. Now, check your drier. I think I heard the signal. The load is done.

Copyright 2019 Doris Gaines Rapp
Author of nine novels, including Tucker McBride, available on www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble,com
Website: www.dorisgainesrapp,com
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