The old days may not be as lovely as we would like to think . . . Many examples, for sure, but the few that come to mind at the moment . . .
In Marash, the folks put soil in kids diapers for absorbing their kid's poop.
To toilet train early (often by 9 months) a blown out match (or a lit cigarette) would be applied to the child's bottom whenever the diaper was soiled. Hence mothers-in-law felt free to criticize their U.S. born daughters-in-law if the grandchildren had not been toilet-trained before the children had learned to talk or walk!
That's enough of that! On to tomorrow and more lovely thoughts.