I Remember Ironing Day And The Sprinkler

Our friend Chuck Ratliff sent me an email this past week, which is nothing new. Chuck is a Vietnam vet, and he and I often trade emails about the war, politics, or the direction we see the country heading. However, this morning’s email made me stop and remember some things that I had not thought of in years.


Apparently while cleaning out a grandmother’s house, someone found an old RC (Royal Crown) bottle. The bottle had a stopper in it, and the stopper was full of holes. Now, I don’t know about you, but I didn’t have to read any farther because I knew immediately that someone had found “the sprinkler”…at least that’s what it was called in my house.

I can remember being not much more than a toddler, and I can actually still hear my mom asking me if I wanted to “fill up” the sprinkler. Of course, that meant that she was ironing, and either the steam iron had not been invented or else we did not have one, thus….she used a sprinkler!

Of course, it wasn’t many years before mom had an “electric dryer” (Remember saying that?), but we must not have trusted it completely because I can remember our buying a large round plastic ball with a neck and a lid on one side of it and holes all over it. We would fill “the sprinkler” with water and put it in the dryer where it sprinkled the clothes while the electric dryer dried them!

And as I am finishing the typing of this childhood memory I am suddenly remembering that I have never told my own children about the sprinkler and how much fun I used to think it was to be allowed to fill it up just right.

Isn’t it amazing where a simple email can take you?

About Fredda Jones

Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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2 Responses to I Remember Ironing Day And The Sprinkler

    • Fredda Jones Fredda Jones says:

      I’ll have to ask if we ever did that, Sherrie. I wonder if you needed to sprinkle as soon as you brought them in or if getting them cold after sprinkling made them easier to iron? Hmmmm…

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