In Smelling Sunshine Anderson illustrates how clothes are being hung to dry in the breeze and sunshine around the world and how children everywhere revel in the fun of helping with the laundry.
Yet how many of us know that in many states across the county hanging clothes
outside to dry is “illegal”? “Unsightly,” that is one of the reasons it is
banned. But things are changing. The Governor of California has signed the bill
to prohibit banning drying laundry outside and California becomes a “Right to
Dry” state, where the very smell of the sun that inspired Anderson to create Smelling
Although Anderson says she claims no responsibility for the new law, her book,
Smelling Sunshine is certainly an inspiration to many people to look at drying
laundry differently and reminding them how enjoyable and communal it can be. Let
alone saving energy.
We remember when we first received Anderson’s drawings of Smelling Sunshine,
how extraordinarily beautiful it was that captures one of the most ordinary
chores in our daily life, that is somehow lost in the electronic driven, over developed
world we live in while it still exists in much of the world.
Editor of Nolo.com, Bray wrote a nice piece about the new law, quoting
Anderson’s heartwarming message. “When we hung laundry together, we slowed down
to take in the sights and smells and sounds of the world around us, which
brought us closer. Then, at the end of the day, I would pull up the covers and
that wonderful smell of the outdoors and its memories, what I call the smell of
sunshine, was in the sheets.”
To read a full article of Bray, click here. http://blog.nolo.com