There’s something about clotheslines that is so comforting, so visually appealing. Amish farmhouses tend to be rather sedate looking. Quiet, even, despite the fact that they’re filled with people of all ages. But the ever-present clothesline, flapping violently in the wind, belies the calm. Usually filled with simple clothing–all solids, no prints–colors of jewels so bright and cheerful they take your breath away.
I’ve always had some kind of a clothesline–even if it’s a humble wooden rack in the sunny courtyard. I love the feel of the pins in my hands, the scent of clean, damp laundry, the way the clothes dry so stiff and starchy and smell of the sunshine, the feeling of connecting to women who have gone before me. After all, this was how laundry was dried–up until the 20th century.
The Amish know the secret of hanging clothes in just the right way. They never let the unmentionables show!
Two questions for you: Why do you think pictures of Amish clothesline are so compelling? And do you hang your laundry out to dry?
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Suzanne Woods Fisher is a bestselling author of Amish fiction and non-fiction, and a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. The Search won a 2012 Carol Award. The Waiting was a finalist for a 2011 Christy Award. The Choice was a finalist for a 2011 Carol Award. The Letters is a finalist for a Christian Retailing 2014 Best Award. Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World and Amish Proverbs: Words of Wisdom from the Simple Life were both finalists for the ECPA Book of the Year (2010, 2011). Her interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, who was raised Plain in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. She travels back east a couple of times each year for research.
Suzanne’s latest release, The Imposter, is now available!