Pat Shingleton: Dirty Babies, Wet Floors
Our daily bath or shower is routine but not the case years ago when the "man of the house" enjoyed the privilege of clean water for his bath. As noted in a previous column, Dad's "scrub-up" was followed by the other 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." "Pillars of the Earth" is a subtle reminder that only the wealthy had slate floors and during wet weather a layer of thresh was placed on the slippery surface for better footing. During the winter months, piles of thresh would cover the doorway and once opened, thresh would spill onto the entryway, creating the word "threshold."