[APG Public List] [TGF] Origin of a homemaker's habit

Debbe Hagner debbehagner at yahoo.com
Thu Sep 9 09:11:42 MDT 2010

The Grapes of Wrath is a novel published in 1939 and written by John Steinbeck, who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1940 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. Set during the Great Depression, the novel focuses on a poor family of sharecroppers, the Joads, driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, and changes in the agriculture industry. In a nearly hopeless situation, partly because they were trapped in the Dust Bowl, they set out for California along with thousands of other "Okies" in search of land, jobs and dignity. When preparing to write the novel, Steinbeck wrote: "I want to put a tag of shame on the greedy bastards who are responsible for this [the Great Depression and its effects]." The book won Steinbeck a large following amongst ordinary people and the working class, partly due to the book's sympathy to the worker's movement and its accessible style.[1]

--- On Thu, 9/9/10, Rondina Muncy <rondina.muncy at gmail.com> wrote:

From: Rondina Muncy <rondina.muncy at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [APG Public List] [TGF] Origin of a homemaker's habit
To: "Eileen Souza" <eileen.souza at verizon.net>
Cc: "APG Public list" <apgpubliclist at apgen.org>, "TGF list" <transitional-genealogists-forum at rootsweb.com>
Date: Thursday, September 9, 2010, 10:16 AM

Debbie, I also assumed it was to keep the bugs out. It's an odd habit. I sit mine up while my daughters both sit them upside down.

Rondina P. Muncy
Ancestral Analysis
2960 Trail Lake Drive
Grapevine, Texas 76051
rondina.muncy at gmail.com

On Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 10:31 AM, Eileen Souza <eileen.souza at verizon.net> wrote:

I was told that it was to keep the bugs out.

Eileen Souza
Eldersburg, MD
eileen.souza at oldbonesgenealogy.com


From: Debbie Parker Wayne <debbie at debbiewayne.com>

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Sent: Wed, September 8, 2010 11:20:24 AM
Subject: [APG Public List] Origin of a homemaker's habit

I am new to this blog thing that has blossomed so much these last few years. I
decided to use the "Wisdom Wednesday" blog theme to share a habit my grandmother
taught me and survey others about what they were taught and possible origins of
kitchen habits.

My question is whether the practice of storing glasses and cups upside down in
the kitchen cabinet really originated during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. I don't
think it did. A statement during a genealogy presentation a while back made me
question the origin of this habit.

My full post with the origin of this question can be found at

If the URL above wraps you can go to <http://debsdelvings.blogspot.com/>. Click
the "comments" link at the bottom of the post to leave a response.

If you want to share your family's position on this important historical
homemaking issue <grin> but don't want to post a comment on the blog, you can
e-mail me privately. If others are interested I'll post a summary of the
responses. The older women in my family who might be able to answer this
question are no longer living so I thought I'd gather our collective wisdom.

The reminder from geneabloggers.com about this theme made me start thinking of
things I learned from my grandmother. I know I am preaching to the choir here,
but don't get so busy you forget to make time to talk to the elder members of
your family while they are still here to answer your questions, big and small.
All of those little unimportant habits may be the spark in your grandmother's

-- Regards, Debbie

Debbie Parker Wayne, East Texas

Wayne Research -- http://debbiewayne.com/
Blog -- Deb's Delvings http://debsdelvings.blogspot.com/
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