Do you know what it means? Or why she said it?
Since we grew a lot of our vegetables and fruits on the hill behind our house when I lived in Harlan County, I heard that word of warning often. I always wondered if my mom thought I was a bit deft and couldn't remember to RINCH the dirt off before I ate something fresh from the garden or whether she thought I was downright stupid and had to be reminded each time. Like when she reminded me to lock my door every, single, time we got in or out of the car.
In the mountains, we were instructed to RINCH everything.
Yes, I mean RINSE.
|Pick a tomato without RINCHIN'|
If she had known, she'd probably tell me that's exactly why I've had health problems. Wonder if she was right.
Carrots and onions were a different story, though. They had chunks of dirt hanging onto them. Thankfully, we had a spicket (spigot) outside for a quick RINCH.
|RINCH your dish first|
Either way, I RINCH a dish even today before I use it for food or drink. Just in case.
|RINCH the summer off your face|
It always felt good to RINCH off after a hot day. Get rid of the grime and salty taste of the sweat. Made you feel all clean and ready to start again.
|Baptizing RINCHES you clean|
Almost like getting baptized in a cool river. You go in all dirty from your life and come out RINCHED clean to start a new life with Jesus. Halleluah!
What things did you always have to RINCH when you were a kid? What things do you RINCH now?
I'd love to hear your stories.