"Indoor plumbing? We didn't have that until we moved on the north side of the No, not when we were married, heavens we had to go out to the little outhouse. Yeah, and I used to scrub the thing and make it look like so clean. I really did. [Laughs.] The old Sears and Roebuck catalog would be sitting there. If you needed it, there it was."
Question: "I'm sorry, 'needed it' for what?"
"To wipe your butt. [Laughs.] Whatever. That's really plain, isn't it? [Laughs.] That's what it's all about. Or maybe you wanted to browse through it as you sit there, or whatever."
Question: "Describe to someone who's never seen one what an outhouse is like."
"Well, it's just a little shanty out there. And then we always had to dig a great big hole to set it on. And then on the inside of that little shanty, well there was holes for you to sit down on. Put your catalog, I mean, your Sears and Roebuck catalog or whatever it was you had handy with you to Yeah. God, I tell you, those were the days I sure don't want to remember. I hated that with a passion. You know, that's what brought on constipation, and a lot of people died."
Question: "Because they didn't want to go out there?"
"Well they would go, but I mean You know, it would be storming or something like that. Or snowing. Or snow blowing. Or blizzard. Oh, good Lord. I don't know how we lived to tell about it."