We’re a military family, and just relocated back to the home we bought three years ago. We had been in an apartment and renting until we got back. I was so excited to get back into our OWN house! One of the reasons for this excitement had my husband giving me odd looks. We would finally be able to install a “tree” style diaper (I mean clothes) dryer in the back yard! Yippee! (Previously, I had been using a folding rack…carrying it outside on sunny days). I was so excited to see him come home with a bag of cement!
I have the fondest memories of my Grandma hanging clothes out on her “tree” in the backyard. She would let me stand on a chair and use the clothespins to hang the colorful parade of clean laundry. The most fun was having a race with her…to see who could take all the clothes off the line the fastest! Now every time I’m outside, I think about my Grandma, and it’s a nice time of the breeze blowing and the sun shining on me. I love it!
Since the dryer has been installed, there have been cloth diapers on it almost daily. If it’s sunny, odds are good that you will see diapers out there. We don’t have a fence around the yard, and it’s visible from certain angles just walking past the house. I didn’t know this would make me famous!
When I point out the house we live in to my neighbors, you’d be amazed at how many times I hear, “Oh! You’re the one with the cloth diapers in the backyard!” or, “I noticed some beautiful colors on your line out back!” I get to smile and explain how much I love cloth diapering. People are amazed that diapers can be so cute and fun! I also hear a lot of comments about how wonderful it is that I am harnessing the sun to save even more energy. One of my neighbors have even started hanging some of her clothes outside!
Ok, so I’m not really famous, but I do love being recognized as that lady with the cloth diapers hanging in the backyard! Who knows, maybe this is the start of a cloth revolution in my own neighborhood. I wouldn’t mind that sort of legacy.
By Julie G.