As a child, Billy Arthur spent his summers with family members in Cabarrus County. Saturdays took the appearance of small holidays as the whole family took baths throughout the day so that all would be clean for Sunday morning church. Bathing was done in order from youngest to oldest and ended when the oldest male finished his bath. During the summer months rural families usually used an outdoor tin wash tub, but some were lucky enough to have a porcelain tub. In the cold winter months, however, bathers stood in a wash bowl and sponged themselves in front of a fire. While progress has made the bathing process much easier, it has also taken away the simple pleasures that the weekly Saturday bath created.