A Lesson In Family History

As stated in my previous post, the pressures of modern life can easily suck you up into a whirlpool of regret. Life is way too short to work every God-given hour. Our children are only children once and it is not for a very long time either. This got me thinking about life in the past. How was it to live and to work and to raise children in years gone by? Has it gotten better or is it even worse than then? I think I will let you be the judge of that. While browsing the net the other day though, I came across something pretty interesting.

Here are some fascinating facts to mull over.

Did you know they used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot. Once a day it was taken and sold to the tannery. If you had to do this to survive you were “P** Poor”.  But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn’t even afford to buy a pot. They indeed, “didn’t have a pot to pee in” and were the lowest of the low.

The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn’t just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500s:

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June. However, since they were starting to smell, brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. This is why we have the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all, the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water!”

Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying “It’s raining cats and dogs!”

That’s all for now until part 2

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4 Responses

  1. Maggie

    We did the bath thing on the farm – but only in reverse, cleanest one first, then down the line from there – Dad was always the last one, because he was the one
    that worked so hard and got so dirty! Was fun to learn where the sayings “didn’t have a pot to piss in” &”its raining cats & dogs” came from! A person learns something new every day!

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