April 14, 2009

A room to ponder

Filed under: Uncategorized — unwriter1 @ 11:30 am

I was born and raised on a farm. Our house had four rooms and an attic. There was a kitchen, living room and two bedrooms. I was an only kid. Our local reading room was out the backdoor, down a wooden path. If this was in the south, not bad, but we have two seasons in Iowa, Winter, and road construction.

I brought my future wife down for the weekend, from Chicago. It was dark when we arrived. After the long drive she had need for the facilities. Mom was asked and told her it was out that door (she pointed), and down that path. Rose thought she was kidding. She wasn’t. I went for eighteen years without indoor plumbing except running water in the kitchen. She did become a believer in finishing business quickly.



  1. Ahhh – great little historical tidbit post, Ron Twain.

    Comment by Marvin D Wilson — April 14, 2009 @ 11:39 am | Reply

  2. Made me smile. Nostalgia has that effect. Sadly, I had to actually explain to a young friend what an outhouse actually was!

    Comment by Gillian Taber — April 14, 2009 @ 12:00 pm | Reply

  3. I guess you would learn to be quick about it. I’ve never used an outhouse, only saw them at old farms and stuff. I have heard plenty of tails from my parents about them though.

    Thanks for doing a story for the Your Photo Story prompt!

    Comment by Angel — April 14, 2009 @ 1:03 pm | Reply

  4. Yeah, I’ve been there and done that. In Nome, Alaska. Brrr!

    Comment by Connie Clark — April 15, 2009 @ 8:09 am | Reply

  5. This book sounds like a winner!

    Comment by Bryson Fields — April 16, 2009 @ 6:47 pm | Reply

  6. I DO remember outhouses. I normally would say thank you for the memory, Ron Twain. But outhouses are not among my favorite memories. LOL! Enjoyed the post, though.

    Comment by Carol — April 17, 2009 @ 11:10 am | Reply

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