La Casita by Carlos Najera

Living conditions in Oxnard were beginning to get modernized.   Most of the houses had outhouses and very few had bathrooms with running water and toilets.


Our house had a wooden sink in the kitchen with wooden sewer pipes going out to the street.   The pipes were made of 1x 6 redwood boards nailed to form a rectangular trough.    We did not have a bathroom.   We bathed in a laundry tub in the kitchen; mama heated the water on the  stove.

We had an outhouse in the back. After a while John dug a new hole and moved the house over it. Mama called it “La Casita”, which means the little house.  Even after John added the bathroom in the back of the house with a toilet, a sink, and a porcelain tub, she still called it “La Casita”.

About jedwardnajera

I am an artist and a Poet. I live the life of a poet. I published several novels. Nena the Fairy and the Iron Rose, Dust of the Moon are among them, available through Amazon Books. I have spent over thirty five years in a classroom. I am now retired from that profession. My father kept a living record of his lifetime as he lived through the Twentieth Century. He was born in 1908 and almost lived long enough to see us enter the new millennium. He entrusted to me nearly 400 pages that he wrote through the years. Now I am continuing the tradition by posting my own stories and misadventures. I am trying to post a new entry or chapter each Friday. Check in on us at least once a week for the latest post.
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