The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn’t just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.
Most of us of the older generation have heard the phrase “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.” For those that haven’t heard of it or know where it came from let me explain.
Baths consisted of a big tub full of hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean, hot water, then all the other sons and men, then the woman and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”.
Respectfully submitted by Sue Basile