The other day I was looking through all my papers for something and came across this piece I saved from long ago. I thought it would make for a nice series on the blog. I just love this sort of thing. So here we go.
The next time you are going to take a bath or shower and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be with life in the 1500's.
Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May and were still smelling pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide body odor.
Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privelege of the nice clean water, then all the sons and other men, then the women 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 bath water."
more to come