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Flour Sacks

Life was hard in the money department
My parents had what was called a paid job
Just over basics it was evident
Someone else ate the corn, they got the cob

Life was grand, week to week we ate biscuits
There was sidemeat on our plate with syrup
The salt made the sweet dance by castanet
That simple food had what is called one-up

Then mother lost her job, more biscuits served
Hollyhock flour purchased by twenty pounds
Its brand name stamped across the sack in red
She bleached letters off, she didn't mess around

Fabric to make shirts for me to wear to church
Embroidered by a friend 'pon collar and sleeves
I wore them like a princess, now for them search
In my heart, and for those beautiful clothes grieve 

Sponsor: Judy Konos
Contest: Whatever Happened To Flour Sacks
I saw some flour sacks at Wal-Mart in the last few years
and it was only one time..I did notice that it cost more 
to get the flour sacks..I remember when I began to 
learn to sew that mother gave me flour sacks to 
fancy up to put in my hope chest..I did a technique
where I pulled threads out which left an open weave
on the ends to make fancy dish towels..I also embroidered
them with fancy designs to put in my hope chest..When
I was newly married my mother-in-law would get flour
in a sack with a dish towel sewn into the end seam on it..
I guess one flour company trying to outdo another company.

Copyright © Sara Kendrick

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  1. Date: 12/17/2013 8:08:00 AM
    yes, yes, I just knew this one would do well. BIG congrats on a well deserved win, Sara.

  1. Date: 12/10/2013 6:15:00 PM
    One of my favorites...Sara...congratulations

  1. Date: 12/10/2013 7:37:00 AM
    Beautiful memories. Congrats on your win.

  1. Date: 12/10/2013 4:41:00 AM
    Congrats on the win, Sara

  1. Date: 12/9/2013 7:44:00 PM
    I enjoyed the verse and the info too, you know I remember doing that pulled thread thing too! Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 12/9/2013 6:25:00 PM
    beautiful Sara interesting history too congrats on fine poem and win Shadow x smile hug

  1. Date: 12/9/2013 6:24:00 PM
    Love the poem and the history inside of it...congrats on a winning write!

  1. Date: 12/9/2013 1:28:00 PM
    Dear Sara. I LOVE the picture you paint in your beautiful and so very well written words. Congrats. Many Congrats lol elly

  1. Date: 12/9/2013 11:52:00 AM
    Congrats Sara on your win. I never new how many different things that a flour sack could be used for. nice poem.....Hugs...Roger

  1. Date: 12/9/2013 11:10:00 AM
    - Congratulations on your winning poem in: Whatever Happened To Flour Sacks, contest, Sara! - Nice to read, well deserved :) - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 12/9/2013 10:33:00 AM
    congrats on a fine win Sara

  1. Date: 12/9/2013 9:15:00 AM
    Congrats on the win, sara

  1. Date: 12/9/2013 9:10:00 AM
    Thank you for entering my contest and may your holidays be filled with Soup!

  1. Date: 11/10/2013 9:47:00 AM
    wow, Sara, you have the true expertise to write on THIS subject . I never used flour enough to have to purchase it this way. I don't recall my mom bought it this way either. Maybe HER mom did. GREAT entry for the contest and deserves a HIGH placement.

  1. Date: 11/9/2013 9:46:00 PM
    You obviously enjoyed penning this memory, though in a certain sense it's also sad. I grew up in abject poverty and I can tell you stories which would make you cry. Lovely rhythm-and-rhyme scheme which I enjoyed reading. My very best to you in the contest, my friend. Licia :-)

  1. Date: 11/8/2013 10:03:00 AM
    Love this poem !! *Nice* ..... Saanvi

  1. Date: 11/7/2013 11:38:00 PM
    Sara, love the flow.. Love ~ SKAT ~

  1. Date: 11/7/2013 10:37:00 PM
    My grandmother was very fortunate to have been in India at that time. Expenses were very low there. So when she got home near the end of the depression she had money. But like every body else she scrimped and she saved. Enjoyed your poem. Brought back memories of stories I was told.

  1. Date: 11/7/2013 9:25:00 PM
    This is they way it was years ago (though not that many years), my grandmother talked about the depression and how she had to live through it, and part of that time they made clothes out of those very same sacks! She said that they weren't that bad, but not the most comfortable clothes! I can imagine! I really loved reading this extremely awesome write on this subject this evening my friend! What a positively wondrous poem this evening! Great Work!!