Five Memories Plus One!

I was tagged by the Silver Fox to name five things I remember from my childhood.
Man that was so long ago that I only remember things like:

I grew up between two farms where my brothers and I used to play hide and seek after dark in the fields with my cousins and the neighbor boy.  You could lay out flat on your tummy and the others could walk within five feet of you and never see you!

I remember walking 7/10th of a mile to and from school wading over my kneecaps in the snow and crying in front of the coal stove in the front room trying to warm up after.

With no inside bathroom ( a one seater with a path)  we took our baths in the kitchen.  Mom heated part of the water on the kitchen stove and the other part with one of those round metal donuts that you plug into the wall and put in the round wash tub.  I can remember sitting in that tub with my feet and legs hanging over the side because I was so tall.  Then standing up to wash my feet and legs before I got out.—-Lord I couldn’t even sit in a regular bath tub anymore if I ever wanted to get out again!

I remember that we didn’t have alot of money but we never went hungry.  For entertainment my Mom would fill the car with gas and load all of kids in and take us for a ride.  She would pick a road, saying I wonder where this goes.  Then we would follow it until we ended up in someone’s back yard.  What great adventures that was!

I remember hauling milk containers full of water from the next door farm when the well went dry.  Buying milk from that farmer that came fresh from the cow and Mom making me summer dresses out of the chicken feed sacks that had such pretty prints on them.

Most of all I remember how we fought as kids but the love in our house seem to spill out the door to greet everyone who ever visited us!!

Now for the Fun Part———I tag my daughter Cindy
    My son Lesley
    My husband Jay
  My friend Dar
  My friend Jeff
Yes!!!!!!
I goofed—the tag was for things I miss from childhood.  ( Obviously memory is one of them).
  I miss how my Mom cooked chicken, how good it smelled and tasted.
  My grandmother’s canned berries, ‘jumping beef’ and how she whistled ever so lightly
  when we did jig saw puzzles together or played dominos.
I miss helping my Mom tear down an engine so Dad could replace the rings and watching him put it back together and it ran!!

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About Momma

Now 85-years-old on February 22 and I'm still on the right side of the grass. Mother of two sons and one daughter (Bloggers SEB and Cindyisms are two of them). I'm Grandmother of three. I have lived with my middle son for almost a year now and he hasn't kicked me out yet. I stay active with household chores and feeding my zoo. (2 cats, 1 dog, and 1 bird.) Retired after 29 years+ at Michigan Bell Telephone and ten+ years with The Oakland Press. I was active with the telephone company union and a Dale Carnegie graduate. I work at crocheting, knitting, making ornaments, and other projects. I do a little canning. I trained with the Michigan Bell Clown troupe and then I was a clown doing parades, parties, and picnics for about 15 years. My other passions are music from the 50s through the 80s, reading, birds, flowers, my pets, big cats, and of course blogging!

3 thoughts on “Five Memories Plus One!

  1. These are great!  All that farm work reminds me of the Little House books.
    You and your mother took apart the engine, then dad put it back together?  Now that’s teamwork!

    I was tagged by Maria, the Silver Fox, too!  I’m thinking, I’m thinking.

  2. From the dirty dog that tagged you!  Thanks for sharing such great memories.  It is amazing how someone elses thoughts trigger one’s own.  You mentioned hide and seek and immediately I remembered early evening games.  Sadly, today kids aren’t allowed that kind of freedom to roam and play so independently.  I wonder if our world was really so safe or just perceived to be safe.

  3. 1) The railroad tracks beside the house in Welston,MI. The crews on the hand cars would throw fruit to me & my sisters as they chugged by.
    2)Playing hide & seek with my sisters & cousins at my Grandmothers house on the hill & down in the garden in Onekama,MI.
    3)Riding out to Portage Point to go swimming in Lake Michigan.
    4)The long car trips (Up North) to Grandma’s house,stopping for breakfast in Midland at the Chat&Chew;.
    5)Chewing on rhubarb &cracker; beside my granfather’s garage/shed with my sisters & Aunt Mickey.
      And thats only in Michigan!
      There was LEARNING TO READ in 1st grade in Arizona!!!!
      Rattle snakes under the converted tavern in Glendale AZ.

      Jay

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