The thread that binds, and mends

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We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel By Rick Houser-A couple of weeks ago I went to put on a pair of jeans when I noticed there was a large worn place in the back pocket. Being glad I had noticed before wearing them to the store or anywhere else, I placed them in a pile I use for what I call “retired” clothing. Since then I have been thinking and I’m sure it comes as no surprise that I chose to look back in time, back to a time when if I had found that same pair of pants when I was young they would have gone into a different pile.My Mom would have demanded they go into her pile of clothes that needed mending or repair. In our dining room in a corner over by the upstairs staircase, Mom had her sewing corner. Any item of clothing that had lost a button or had its knee ripped or an elbow worn went into a pile just to the left of her Singer sewing machine. In a basket that sat under the machine went socks with worn heels or toes that she would darn back into service. Things were so different then. For the most part clothes were ordered by catalog and it took time to get a new item. These days a fast trip to Wal Mart and “bingo”, you are back in business.Mom would gauge the volume she was accumulating and when the pile reached a certain height she would fire up that sewing machine and it seemed like clothes went across it in a high speed and into a laundry basket repaired and not looking too bad. Mom worked on a quantity of repair schedule and if much was needed maybe the quality might be off just a fraction. But hey, you now had clothes to wear so just say thanks you. As I recall during my younger years, my jeans seemed to get holes worn in the knees on a regular basis. (Little boys are notorious for wearing out knees you know?) In my case when Mom ordered my jeans she also would order packs of knee patches that she would iron into place. This was a fix that was not only fast but cost efficient or at least that was what I was told.As for the basket filled with socks displaying holes in the heels or toes, when it reached a point where she felt it was time to take care of them she would choose an evening and pull out that basket. It was an entirely different way that she sewed. She called it “darning”. To do this she used specific items for the job. There was a certain sized needle and a spool of heavy thread and it was on a spool in the shape of a cone. Last but not least, she had a light bulb in her basket of sewing tools. I always thought that an unusual item for sewing but once I watched her at work I realized this job wasn’t going to get done without it. Mom would carry all of this stuff over to the end of the couch and with a lamp lighted over her shoulder and the television on she would begin an entire viewing evening while darning the family’s socks. I don’t know why but it seemed to me that just sitting there and darning and watching “Gunsmoke”, Mom looked relaxed and content. The truth is that was about as relaxed as I ever saw my mother. I mean just how can a person get things done by sitting in one place? (Her theory not mine.)Give my Mom a needle, and a spool of thread and she was in her element. She did a lot of patch work and seldom is that talked about but it literally did hold us together, so to speak. My Mom was a very good quilter and loved to create quilt after quilt. It was not unusual to see her quilting frame up and in it a quilt being created. For these she took credit and loved to display them.As for keeping our clothes from falling off, she just accepted that as part of her duty. Besides she had a very nice Singer sewing machine and she took pride in that. She often would tell how she owned the old manual sewing machines that operated with a foot pedal and you had to pump the pedal while you sewed and this explanation certainly would stop any family member from giving her a hard time.In hay season or tobacco housing season, Mom would be drafted by Dad to do some extra mending on those of us who were working as they would wear knees and elbows out at a pace that Mom found a challenge to stay ahead of and at times just stay up with. I’ve seen her sew items you probably wouldn’t think of, things like a blanket torn or worn or bath towels on the corners. The only time I ever objected was after many washings in her wringer washer with lye soap and bleach, the elastic in my underwear would grow too weak to do what it was there for. One summer she decided it would be good to cut off a hunk of extra strong elastic and sew it on the back side to strengthen the underwear and hold them up. Let me tell you that a big hunk of elastic added to the back side of your drawers is one of the most uncomfortable things ever experienced.After a few months I decided that I’d had enough and one evening at supper I brought up the subject. I figured I had a better chance with the rest of the family there as witnesses. I said, “Mom I know you are only trying but the hunk of elastic is more than a person can bear. Not only is it uncomfortable but the bunch of elastic I think is causing me to look like a hunchback. “ Dad, my brother Ben and sister Peg all chuckled a little and Mom looked at me and was silent for a few moments. I thought, “Oh boy I’ve said too much again.” Mom then spoke up and said, “Well if you don’t want that elastic, I won’t do it again. But don’t you ever come to me complaining that you can’t keep your underwear up.” Of course I never did complain. Seldom did I win a confrontation with my Mom but I did win that one and all I can say about my victory is “You gotta know when to hold them.” I learned when.Rick Houser grew up on a farm near Moscow in Clermont County and loves to share stories about his youth and other topics. If you want to read more that he has written he has to books that are for sale ‘There are Places to remember” and Memories ARE From the Heart.” To contact him you can go to [email protected] or write to him at P. O. 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