So I know this isn't a new thing, after all we are in southern Texas. Yet what brings about this obvious statement is driving around our area, you will see the cutest little homes. Old, small, quaint cottage type homes, white clap board and something that I "think" I would like to attempt to make over into a cottage type home for me - with air conditioning!!!! These homes are not the homes of those women who settled here, I know this, but it does make me think of them and what they had to suffer. I mean, how many petticoats did they wear, and I am talking the everyday pioneer, settler woman. Long sleeves, aprons (ok, I know those were worn to protect the one of maybe two skirts that they owned), camisoles (I know this was their bra, but it still had to be laced up and another layer added to the mid section), woolen hose, should I keep going on? I also realize that this was the accepted wear of the day and what every woman was expected to and use to wearing.........but Lord love them and I take a big bow.............how did they do it? Now we won't even go into those ladies that were heavily pregnant or going through menopause during the summers here.........me, I am in amazement that they aren't all up for canonization for sainthood. They still had to cook with a hot wooden stove, do laundry in a big ole' pot outside over a fire........are you getting my drift..............I am taking my hat off to these ladies, each and every one of them.........I bow humbly and say thank you, for being courageous, and steadfast..........I am pretty darn spoiled in my comfortable life and like each and every one of my comforts.........so again, thank you ladies.
A small post script....I looked for pictures of pioneer women on the internet to interject into the tribute to these ladies......ok, I know they didn't have cameras back in those days, but I thought I might find som re-inactment or movier stills.........alas, I found nothing.........didn't spend lots and lots of time on it, either.