I've many passions but two of them are reading & camping, so naturally my camper's name is Parnassus for Christopher Morely's "Parnassus on Wheels".
By: PeaceRiverBP, 8:56 PM GMT on January 26, 2011
My, oh, my! What happened to the first 50 years? It seems as though they've gone by so quickly! I still have vivid memories of my childhood and some tangible reminders as well; like the teddy bear I was given as a baby, a snow globe I received for Christmas when I was seven years old and a few pieces of art work, packed away by my mother to be given to me around the time I first became a grandmother. The teddy bear just seemed to be 'always there', of course; but I readily recall my delight at receiving the snow globe. It had a lighted base to illuminate the scene and I would put it at my bedside at night to be lulled to sleep by the swirling snow that blew around Santa Claus as he loaded his sleigh. The childish artwork may seem hilariously primitive now, but when I look at the yellowed, dog-eared paintings and drawings, I can actually remember creating each one. It's funny to see how many women in my artwork wore hooped ball gowns ala Scarlett O'Hara. Even the crayon drawing of an Indian village showed a lovely Indian maiden in the fore-ground, sporting a beaded and fringed buckskin ball gown. I don't know where I got the notion to do this since to this day I have never personally seen a woman wearing a hooped gown.... buckskin or otherwise.
I remember going to school, sitting at the old desks with their holes in the upper right-hand corners for the inkwells that used to be there and watching the clock, waiting for school to be over. What a bore! We lived in a tiny New England town with tiny, bumpy, New England roads and in the afternoon the school buses bounced us home to freedom and playtime. After school meant walking in the woods or to the beach- by ourselves- no one had heard of child abductions at that time; if there was ice, we skated, if it was summer-time, we went swimming or took our toys outdoors and played with them there. This was before cable TV, and we had no antenna reception in our area, so kids didn't spend much time in the house in those days. In fact, unless they weather was truly awful, my parents instructed us to: "Go play outside."
"Playing outside" at the beach.
I found high school to be a lot more interesting and when friends became old enough to get their driver's license and a vehicle, it made it much more easy to be social. We lived in a fairly rural area and it was a long walk or bike ride to visit each other (but, believe me, we made the walk/ride hundred's of times, anyways!) and now we had much more independence. Most of us had after-school jobs, but somehow still found time to have skating parties or a bonfire on the beach or a cookout or something along those lines. It was all pretty simple stuff, but it was great fun.
Bath-time for my two daughters.
I met my future husband when I was 18 and we married a few years later.... the kids came.... I ran a small homestead and worked part-time to help keep food on the table and a roof over our heads. We lived in an old house built around 1800 with no modern heating system; just a solid fuel furnace with an inspection sticker dated 1926, and a big, wood-burning kitchen range. I had an old wringer washer to wash our clothes and a clothes line. I felt as though I lived on the set of a Ma and Pa Kettle movie, but it was fine with me. I heard that some people had microwave ovens and I couldn't figure out what they heck they'd use them for. Who wants nuked food? I loved being a wife and mother, keeping livestock and my huge gardens. Sadly, the marriage didn't last and I ended up starting my own business to make ends meet. It was tough; the kids were getting older (think puberty); this wasn't a fun time.
From my homesteading days: two of my goats, Suzy and Harley.
The kids grew up and left home and I remarried a few years later; I'm in my 40's at this point and I finally have cable TV, but I must say, I really don't find all that much on it that I really care to watch. But, Hubby likes it, so there it is. I've entered the modern world and I have a computer and a cellphone AND I've had a microwave for quite a while now.... who knew that these things could be so handy?
Both daughters grown, now.... gosh this photo is 4 years old, already, and two grandchildren ago!
Times have changed and I'm sure that I have changed, as well. I consider myself to be a work in progress; still learning, still striving to better myself; even though I know I will never know enough and I will never be perfect. That's okay. Life is short and I'm just along for the ride; and I'm just trying my best to make the most of it.
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Updated: 1:33 PM GMT on February 04, 2011