10 Gallons at a Time

 

           Bundle up. Warm the car. Load the buckets and drive the snowy road to the well. Exit the car. Fill the buckets. Load the buckets and drive the snowy road home.

           

            Pour to water into the black pot. Light the burner and watch the blue flames lick. All the while warming your frozen fingers by the blaze.

 

            Carry the steaming pot to the floor by the fire. Straddle the pot. Let down your hair and lean over, feel the steam flush your face. Pour the hot water, cup by cup over your head. Soak your hair. Soap your hair. Scrub your scalp. Pour the hot water, cup by cup over your head. Rinse everything away.