The blog post title is one of Nobel Prize winner, Bob Dylan's pieces. And the quotes beneath each of the following photos are all from that song.
This is a ceramic dish I saw at the Art Gallery of Peterborough, and it's what gave me the idea of a clothesline/laundry theme. Thomas Aitken designs the ceramics and Kate Hyde does the whimsical art. I hope you enjoy my version of laundry day.
Don't worry - I won't ask you to fold.
After a while we took in the clothes
Nobody said very much
Just some old wild shirts and a couple pairs of pants
Which nobody wanted to touchLaundry drying in the fresh country air. As you can see the sun was setting and so it needed to come in before too much longer - though it probably stayed there until morning.
Mama come in and picked up a book
An' papa asked her what it was
Someone else asked "what do you care?"
Papa said "well, just because"A bench outside of a laundromat here in Peterborough. I've posted this image before but at that time, I opted to display it in black and white.
Then they started to take back their clothes
Hang 'em on the line
It was January the thirtieth
And everybody was feelin' fineI see this clothesline full of items regularly when I walk down to the lake. It seems like most days are laundry day at their house.
The next day, everybody got up
Seein' if the clothes were dry
The dogs were barking, a neighbor passed
Mama, of course, she said "hi"These colourful towels belonged to Liz and Ron - my seasonal neighbours just down the road when I lived up on the lake. They're lovely, kind people. This photo was taken in May of 2015. I think they were just settling in for the summer.
"Have you heard the news?" he said with a grin
"the vice president's gone mad"
"Where?" "downtown" "when?" "last night"
"Hmm, say, that's too bad"Colourful clothespins dancing in the wind.
"Well, there's nothing we can do about it" said the neighbor
"It's just something we're gonna have to forget"
"Yes, I guess so" said ma
Then she asked me if the clothes was still wetAnother clothesline by the lake. And yes, the towels were probably still wet.
I reached up, touched my shirt
And the neighbor said "are those clothes yours?"
I said "some of them, not all of them"
He said "ya always help out around here with the chores?"This was in a public picnic area in a park near a walking path on the shores of Lake Ontario in Ajax.
I said "sometimes, not all of the time"
Then my neighbor blew his nose
Just as papa yelled outside
"Mama wants you to come back in the house and bring them clothes"Peterborough showed support with over 7000 bras which adorned the walls of a local radio station for the 6th annual Bras Around the Building fundraiser. The campaign raised over $16,500 for breast cancer research this year. After the bras were all laundered, Seeds of Hope donated them to relief efforts in Haiti and Honduras.
Well, I just do what I'm told
So I did it, of course
I went back in the house and mama met me
And then I shut all the doorsSee? I told you I wasn't going to ask you to fold. It's all done