Saturday, October 4, 2014


Welcome to Chore Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at a bygone era where family members worked outside. I think the word "chore" is primarily a rural word . . . children who grew up on farms or ranches had specific jobs to do each morning and each evening, and these jobs were called chores. If you grew up in the city and also were assigned "chores", chime in and let us know. 

Today's picture shows a young man feeding, or "slopping" the pigs.


  1. as a kid in the 50's on a farm there were always chores.
    I had to feed the pigs, milk the cow morning and night,
    and wash the dishes before I could watch tv

  2. We grew up in a post war suburb on Minneapolis/St Paul. We had chores...mow the lawn, clean the house, laundry, do the dishes...not that we did them when we were supposed to, or did them very well. But we had chores.

  3. I still talk about "getting my chores done" before I can go "play." I suppose my Iowa parents' rural backgrounds made chores a part of their vocabulary. They passed it on to me, and it stuck.

  4. I also grew up in the 40s, and although we lived in a row house in town, I had chores to do, for which I got paid. A penny for emptying the ash trays, the same for emptying the trash cans, 3 cents for making my bed, etc. If - IF - I did all of my chores every day, I could earn 98 cents, and my dad would make it a dollar, which was pretty heady money for a five or six year old in 1947 or 48. Unfortunately, my work ethic wasn't what is should have been, and I seldom got more than a quarter or thirty cents.

  5. And buddy, your chores better have been done by the time your father got home from work..... :)
    (And my two older brothers used to make me do some of theirs too.)
    Looking back, it helped me grow strong and honest.


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