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Fire In Their Bellies

Remember that 5kg of brass with which our mothers used to iron our clothes ?  The charcoal iron, of course.

These heavy implements required frequent fanning (by hand mostly) to blow away the ashes, and also topping up of the charcoal pieces in order to maintain the heat.

In those days, married women were a very hardy lot; besides painstakingly taking out the creases and putting a glistening shine on the clothes of their hubbies and children, they were expected to do the same for all other unmarried male members of the extended family staying in the same house.  Heat, Sweat and Tears — as they toiled day in day out.  Yet no complaints.  The Fire In Their Bellies impassioned these Iron Ladies of our times to serve their families.  Kudos !