Cowboys’ Wash Day, by Eric J. Smith

“Jeez Louise, you’re riper’n rotten tomatoes.”
“Yeah? Your jeans walked to the outhouse by theirselves last night.”
“It’s going to be a hot’n today—Set that 55-gallon drum into the truck bed.”
Both boys stripped down and poured buckets of well water into the drum with their clothes and three bars of lye soap.
They drove around the ranch bouncing over boulders as the temperature climbed into three digits. After an hour they poured off the water and hung their clothes on the line.
“I need some steak and eggs.”
“You wanna eat naked or wait for the clothes to dry?”


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