Monday, June 16, 2008

Looking Back

Monday has been here and nearly gone. I can't believe we only have 2 more weeks of June. The summer was always such a fun time when I was a little girl. I could go get an ice cream from the ice cream man when we had some extra money. A quarter bought a nice big something special. I was a picky eater back then. I only ate a few things and ice cream made the list. I didn't realize at the time that life was so carefree. I guess I didn't have anything to compare it to. Catching lightning bugs and putting them in a jar with holes poked in it was a wonder. Summers meant my mother would be downstairs in the basement canning fruit and vegetables. I would sit on the stairs and watch her seal the jars with the rubber rings. She would always have her apron on and her printed house dresses would be wet from the process. My mother was always busy.

Mommy ironed sheets and looked for things to wash and iron. I look for things I don't have to iron. Her days were filled with cleaning and cooking. The fifties seemed so exciting at the time. There were cowboys all over the television and it seemed like new toys were coming out constantly. My daddy brought me a Davy Crocket hat home and I felt so important. I had a bright red hula hoop and I would entertain myself for hours with it.

There were no computer games or video games. I just looked for things to use my imagination with and I read a lot of books. I loved books that were about adventures in faraway places. I never dreamed I would ever get to travel to some of those places. I have been blessed and as I look back I am thankful I had parents that loved me.

I pray that my granddaughter will always have sweet memories and feel secure.

7 comments:

Dee Dee said...

Hi Trish...what a fun post...I can totally identify with everything you wrote about...my childhood exactly. Thank you for visiting today and your very nice comments...Best wishes..Dee Dee

Technonana said...

Hey Girl!!! I really enjoyed the walk down memory lane!!! I was the only girl, so I had to learn to play whatever the boys were playing!!! But oh, those were wonderful years!!! THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!!!

Judy said...

Hula hoops & Davy Crockett hats...how well I remember those! Canning was the norm in my home also. How times have changed!

Pat said...

Nice memories, and many which I have too! The 50's and 60's were good time for children to grow up!

Lavinia Ladyslipper said...

I love this post! I can really relate....our imaginations were in overdrive when we were kids! Nowadays it is different. Hollywood wants to be our imagination for us, they make alot of $$$$ that way, don't they. But they take something more precious from today's generation...

This made me laugh out loud:
Mommy ironed sheets and looked for things to wash and iron. I look for things I don't have to iron.

Every time I visit here, I think more and more, that we have so much in common...

Lavinia Ladyslipper said...

I also wanted to mention that I too loved the adventure books and I am going to blog about that soon!

momsi/Nonni said...

Nana-I called my sweet grandma that. I am Nonni to mine and Momsi to the kids.
Thanks for the memories, sweet ones. I needed that. I too loved it when the Ice Cream man came, the hula hoop and the best;catching lightning bugs!! I've tried to show my kids how but there just aren't many around. Thanks for your sweet words about my mom's death. I know now what all have said. It is going to take a long time to not feel so lost without her. She was the bestest.
Cheryl