As a young girl I can remember asking a lovely, elderly lady ‘How old is your broom?’ With a smile she replied ‘I have had this broom all of my married life.’
I remember wondering how was this possible – sweeping the kitchen, sweeping the steps and pathways – how could a broom last so long?
Of course, years ago people would rarely buy a new broom. Instead they would purchase a new head with sweet smelling bristles or a new stale to replace one that had snapped – and thus a broom would last forever.
Little note: a stale is a long wooden handle or stick that is attached to a tool.
I too have a very old broom!