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Flour Sacks

Mother was a genius when it came to recyclin' flowery flour sacks,
Durin' The Great Depression to provide duds for her family's backs!
With her trusty pedal Singer Sewin' Machine she turned out a horde,
Of decent apparel that we could ill afford from Montgomery-Ward!

In gym class I could usually find a locker behind which to cower,
So as not to reveal my drawers toutin' 'Gold Medal Self-Risin' Flour'!
The shirts she made sported gaudy prints of petunias and roses,
And various critters such as unicorns and monkeys in silly poses!

Sacks made fancy bloomers for sister that advertised 'Baker's Delight',
Plus tawdry dresses, blouses and skirts, but with her that was alright!
'Pillsbury's All-Purpose Flour' graced the back of shirts worn by Dad!
Others were more subdued when Mom found a sack of simple plaid!

I reckon city folks thought we country folk looked kinda weird and funny,
Paradin' around in altered flour sacks, but there wasn't very much money,
Left for fancy things after Pa bought shoes and put grub on the table!
But, with a wink and spare change, he treated us to ice cream when able!

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
(c) All Rights Reserved

Entry for Judy Konos' "Whatever Happened To Flour Sacks" Contest

Copyright © Robert L. Hinshaw

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  1. Date: 12/17/2013 8:15:00 AM
    this is so homey and cute, Robert. GOOD one and congrats for your win.

  1. Date: 12/10/2013 6:37:00 PM
    Done with flair! Congratulations....

  1. Date: 12/10/2013 10:40:00 AM
    Great winning number..Your mother was a wonder with using what she had..Way to go..Congrats..Sara

  1. Date: 12/10/2013 7:53:00 AM
    What precious memories you have described here. Congrats on your win.

  1. Date: 12/9/2013 7:50:00 PM
    Wow I really enjoyed this a number one in my book. Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 12/9/2013 6:36:00 PM
    memories are so precious Bob fine pen congrats on win Shadow x smile hug

  1. Date: 12/9/2013 9:21:00 AM
    Congrats on the win, Bob

  1. Date: 12/9/2013 9:16:00 AM
    Thank you for entering my contest and may your holidays be filled with Soup!

  1. Date: 11/22/2013 6:25:00 PM
    the memories flood back Robert a honest account of life back then told with a silver tongue Shadow x smile hug

  1. Date: 11/22/2013 5:47:00 PM
    Bob H., very interesting to know the flour sacks were used as clothing. Is this your story. amazing really...LINDA

  1. Date: 11/22/2013 5:00:00 AM
    Very impressive read with humor, Bob

  1. Date: 11/21/2013 6:26:00 PM
    robert - i love this poem and hope that it's true! flour sacks used as clothing is something i've read about but can't personally relate to, but i love the idea - such a clever use of a product! this sounds like a winning poem to me...