Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Things I miss from my childhood

I was a child until the age of eight. After that, I felt I was too old to play with dolls or go on the merry-go-round anymore. Because I was the oldest of four kids, I was called upon to help my mother with meals and cleaning. That probably influenced my thinking. Anyway, I remember being a child.

I enjoyed playing Jacks with other girls at school and felt like I was good at it. I loved being in school on a rainy day, or walking home from school on a sunny autumn afternoon. There was the wonderful day our class was marched across the street to the Carnegie Library and introduced to the children's section. It was always a treat to come home from school to the aroma of freshly baked bread; sometimes Mom would even make cinnamon raisin bread.

I remember the cheer that would go up in the theater when they showed a cartoon before a movie (it was like dessert). I would sit on the floor in front of the radio straining to listen to "Let's Pretend" through the static on Saturday mornings.

There was also the springtime fun of walking the ditches with my siblings hunting for wild asparagus. In the summer, we always had a great time going to visit cousins up north. It was such fun to play on the farm and build a playhouse in the grove with junk from the trash pile. Then we would play dress-up with old clothes or fashion wedding dresses out of old curtains. We picked crabapples and chokecherries
and couldn't eat them, but it was fun because we were away from home.


Barbara Blundell said...

Enjoyed your post. Sent me off down Memory Lane I miss playing top and whip and roller skating and two balls and skipping !

Ms Sparrow said...

OK Barbara, you've got me curious.
What is Top and Whip & two balls and skipping? I can't quite compare them to any childhood games I know.

Bevie said...

I had forgotten about the wild asparagus. I remember doing that. Is there any anymore?

We didn't have baked bread all the time. I remember helping to make it. Loved the taste of hot bread with butter. Ummm.

I remember the Rose Drive-In Theatre in Roseville. They had a playground beneath the screen for us young ones.

Ms Sparrow said...

Bevie, Where was the Rose Drive-in?
I've lived near Roseville for quite a while but didn't know there was ever a drive-in theater.
I would think you could still find wild asparagus along fence lines in ditches. I really don't like asparagus so I haven't bothered to look since childhood.

Bevie said...

The Rose Drive-In Theatre was at the crossroad of Snelling Avenue and County Road C. Glendenning Trucking, where my daddy used to work, was at that intersection, too.

Glendenning died in the 1970s. I think the Rose went away in the 1980s.