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 a Poet. I live the life of a poet. I am an artist, a member of Gallery 9 in Los Altos, California. I published a novel Nena the Fairy and the Iron Rose, available through Amazon Books. I spent over thirty five years in a classroom. 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 was a mechanical engineer and had a wonderful love of history and science. He entrusted to me nearly 400 pages that he wrote through the years. He wrote in Spanish and I have spent six months translating these pages into English. Now I am in the process of editing, rewriting, and revising them. 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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