I recently watched the film Winter's Bone, about an impoverished family in the Ozarks. Laundry hang drying was a common back-drop in this dark film, and too often, it is portrayed in media images and popular culture that give it an association with poverty.
My view on hang drying laundry: it is an act of environmentalism, economic empowerment, exercise, meditation, and beauty.
Living in a garden apartment complex in New Jersey that does not allow residents to dry laundry outside, I hang dry year round on a drying rack in my apartment, clothes on hangers on my shower curtain rod, and towels on the racks. Even sheets and blankets air dry.
When I travel abroad, I adore the sight of laundry hanging out to dry. I think of our ignorance on the matter. What is so offensive about the sight of our neighbors trying to save money and energy? If a small act can help provide cleaner air and more money in wallets, I support it. I also ponder how detrimental it would be if everyone consumed resources at the rate Americans do.
Fondly recalling laundry out to dry, on the balconies of Barcelona.
In romantic Tangier.
In a Lisbon courtyard, with bicycles at the ready for a trip to the market.
I spied a laundry rainbow.
Floating over a quaint cafe in Rome.
Above the canals of Venice.
In colorful Burano.
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