Cleaning Up by Arla M. Ruggles

A rural family tradition -

Whenever a new baby comes to visit my grandparents’ old homeplace for the first time, they’re apt to get a turn in the same old #5 galvanized washtub we all bathed in fifty years ago —before the old house got indoor plumbing.

Nowadays, its a lot easier; the warm water comes from a waterheater, instead of kettles on Grandma’s wood-burning kitchen stove.

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Great Basin Life exists … between … high desert expanses and majestic mountain wilderness.

Daily, I watch the winds of change sweeping away what remains of our western culture and heritage, and the land that has produced them.

My mission is to preserve as much as I can, of that which will soon vanish, through my photography.

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  • arvyart
    arvyartabout 6 years ago

    It’s a great tradition and the picture is excellent! I like it’s not a supermodern bath. The latter gives a feeling of living in a harmony with the nature. And the real open fire… Perfect, Arla!

  • Thank you, Arvy!
    This is my sister’s granddaughter … the image has become a family favorite. :D

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Antanas
    Antanasabout 6 years ago

    wow, perfect

  • Again, thank you, Antanas. I am so flattered!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • khadhy
    khadhyabout 6 years ago


  • Thanks, khadhy. I appreciate your comment!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • John Beamish
    John Beamishabout 6 years ago

    Very cute, well done.

  • Thank you, John!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Karen K Smith
    Karen K Smithabout 6 years ago


  • Thanks a lot, Karen!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • satsumagirl
    satsumagirlabout 6 years ago

    Brilliant shot! Did the child pose for it?

  • Thanks, satsumagirl!

    No. She was just playing … but of course, she knew I was taking pics. ;)

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Arla M. Ruggles
    Arla M. Rugglesabout 6 years ago

    Thank you, “Old Farts Of RedBubble”, for featuring this image!

  • barnsis
    barnsisabout 6 years ago

    Amazing image, brings memories to me, grew up using one of these but ours was a number three, I have never seen a number 5, wish I had one back when I was a teenager and my body would not all fit at one time so I had to bathe the body first then stand in the tub and wash my legs. Beautiful work thanks for sharing.

  • Arla M. Ruggles
    Arla M. Rugglesabout 6 years ago

    Thanks, barnsis … and I know the feeling!
    They used to put two or three of us in there at once – to save water. ;p

  • jeffrae
    jeffraeabout 6 years ago

    great shot! I love family traditions being passed down…sometimes the simple things are the most precious memories!

  • So true.
    Thanks for the comment!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

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