Tuesday, July 31, 2007

no bread today

Did you ever think about those wild west days when women had to bake bread and beat the clothes against a rock to clean them? Did you ever wonder how you would have fared in those days? Im lucky to get out of bed before 11am....how would I ever have any bread made for dinner? I dont even wash clothes in an automatic washer, can you imagine how long it would take to beat them clean? My husband would have to have many pelts...as I would probably just throw the clothes away as they got dirty.
I could see him coming in for dinner after a hard day in the fields to something that resembled Dinty Moore beef stew, ( with no bread). he would say...No Bread? I would say, Sorry I didnt get up in time to make any and I didnt have time to mount up my trusty steed and gallop 20 miles to the dry goods store. I guess he wouldnt be in a real good mood then.

After supper, we would go down to the watering hole for our weekly bath, we would have to dry on burlap bags because I hadnt been to the river lately. I would still feel dirty after my bath...river water...ick. Then we would go into our house(?) and he would wait for me to build a fire.....I would carry in 1 log at a time since I am a woman. Hopefully he would build the fire. We would sit and talk about what a hopeless pioneer wife I am. He would say ' You should know how to do this stuff...you're 17 years old!' To which I would say " I didnt know it was going to be so much work. Im bored on this open land all day, Im lonely when you are not here....I want to go to the saloons and dance and have fun.'

He would say..'forget fun'..its time to start a family. So after 9 months of throwing up....I start having pains this one morning.... I call him.....I scream......he brings me a bullet to bite on.....for the pain! No epidural, no pain meds...just. good. old. pain. After I finally figure out I am going to live through this...I get to lay in the bed for a couple hours. And not only do I have to take care of the baby while my insides feel like they are falling out, I also am expected to have that bread baked, the garden hoed, the clothes beat against a rock, and the beef jerkied ( or whatever they did to it).
Somehow, I just dont think I could have did it! On the other hand.....if the Indians came and captured me I think that would be quite an adventure. They would take me to their teepee and they would all fight over me....me white woman....no bake bread. I would be captive in a cozy teepee with beautiful pelts...and of course the bravest of the braves would be my lover. And we would go horseback riding and hunting for arrowheads. And we would order our meals in the teepee everyday. And we would make love everyday.......

Yes, I can see it all now........1 little , 2 little, 3 little Indians........4 little ,5 little, six little Indians. About that time I would be out in the fields looking for some of that loco weed! ; ))

15 comments:

Mr. Fabulous said...

I think about those old days all the time and how I would have lasted about 20 minutes...

Remiman said...

Catch,
Folks was tough in them there days! No folderol an such, if'n ya knowd what I means. They had the discipline and life was much gooder then bein' there weren't no dis-track-tions.
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Autumn said...

Oh my gosh, you are to funny. That was so cute!

Akelamalu said...

I don't like bread.;)

bazza27 said...

Catch, you are bonkers, but in a lovely, cute sort of way.

~Deb said...

I'd be in BIG trouble if I lived in those times....but I have to say I do behave like a wash woman certain days. ;)

Dr.John said...

Come on! Everybody knows the only reason the indians kidnapped white woman was for their bread making ability. You would have ended up as a laundry squaw.

:P fuzzbox said...

Yep it had to be a tough life with nothing to do but bake bread and get bred.

Pixie said...

Not to mention no TV....:0

Ol' Lady said...

We all have dreams...

tkkerouac said...

We've come a long way baby, and thank God!

Gingers Mom said...

I love you little fantasy posts. You can make almost anything sound hot. LOL

Dave said...

This would make a wonderful sitcom for TV. Littl ho on the prarie

eZ said...

pinch yourself Catch, WAKE UP....your dreaming.... the Chief never said anything bout baking!

T*mmy said...

Hey Catch!
I love your imagination!! I don't think I could have made it during that time either...especially in this heat...sheeeeeeewwwww weeeeeee...oh and no Secret (made just for women) either...
:)