The laundry caste system
December 20, 2012 9:05 PM Subscribe
The social etiquette of hanging laundry on the line...
I spoke with a woman in her late 70s recently who told me a story about her first run-in with her mother in law 50 some years ago. This woman is from Oklahoma and she married a man from Arkansas. They settled in Arkansas soon after they were wed and lived next to his mother. She was hanging laundry on the line and her mother in law, after seeing this, told her in a very dismissive manner that she "hangs her laundry like a damn Okie". Apparently the way laundry was hung on the line was an indicator of status and upbringing. Her husband confirmed this, but didn't ever offer help to let her fit in. She said this has always bothered her, even 50 years later, but she never knew if this was true or if her mother in law was just plain mean. Has anyone ever heard of this?