Monday, April 28, 2008

Fond Memories

Lately in the mornings on my days off from work I've taken to sitting in my recliner, enjoying my first cup of decaf for the day and just taking in the silence around me. Usually hubby has the news on but I asked him one morning, don't you just like to sit in silence sometimes and enjoy the peacefulness? He turned the TV off and we sat quietly until conversation took over. A conversation that probably wouldn't have happened had the TV still been on. It was nice.

During these peaceful mornings I began to reminisce about the good ole days. I'm only 52 but it occurred to me that I have a lot of unique memories from my childhood. It's funny how certain things stay with you, the good and the bad, all through your life.

Today I thought I'd share a few of my memories with you.

I remember...

using the old water pump in my grandmother's kitchen sink
using the outhouse
collecting rain water for baths
milk delivered in glass milk bottles and grandma skimming off the cream on top
watching Lawrence Welk every Saturday night
my dad wearing Old Spice
the hood ornament on his car
catching fire flies with my cousins on a hill top
my cousins bringing me a May Day basket
rolling down a grassy hill
making mud pies in the old barn with my sister
swinging between two giant maple trees
ice skating on the little pond next to my grandmother's farm
picking berries
the cast iron stove grandma cooked on in the kitchen
the wood burning stove in the dining room
eating fresh veggies from the garden
jumping off a hay loft into a mountain of hay
looking up into the sky at night and actually seeing the stars
family picnics

Thank you for letting me share some of my memories with you:)


Kathleen said...

I still love the smell of Old Spice. It reminds me of my dad. What a nice list of memories.

margaret blake said...

Lovely memories. I remember old spice too, a boyfriend used to wear it in the "olden" days and so he was quite trendy! Generally men did not wear stuff like that in the fifties...not in the UK anyway.


Grace Tyler said...

Very lovely, Margaret.

Sarita Leone said...

I've been smiling about this post for days. Debbie, it's so nice that you let us remember with you! Thanks so much.

My dad wore Old Spice, too. I love the memory about gathering rainwater for baths. Makes me want to give that one a try. :)

Debbie Wallace said...

Thanks Kathy. So, your dad wore Old Spice, too? That's the only after shave I recall my dad ever wearing.

Debbie Wallace said...

It's funny what brings back good memories, Margaret.

Debbie Wallace said...

LOL, we had a huge water barrel that was up on some kind of platform. It was open at the top, half in and half out of the shed that connected the house to the open garage and barn. There was a faucet close to the bottom. It was quite primitive.