"Bath Water and Thresholds"
You may want to head to your favorite snowball stand today, enjoy a dip in the pool or a shower from the backyard hose-pipe. As noted in a previous column, years ago, the man of the house enjoyed the privilege of clean water for his bath, followed by his sons, then the women and finally the babies. The dirty water posed a threat of losing a family member, leading to the saying: "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water." Only the wealthy had slate floors and during wet weather a layer of thresh was scattered on the slippery surface for better footing. During the winter months, piles of thresh would cover the doorway and once opened, the thresh would spill onto the entryway, creating the word "threshold."