I Remember

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Linking up with Denise of Musings de Mommy for an “I remember” post.

I remember my metal Wonder Woman lunch box with the matching thermos. Long gone now and sad I didn’t save it, because some days I sure could use a little Wonder Woman.

I remember my Fisher-Price record player, and the first album I ever got: Cyndi Lauper’s She’s So Unusual. I played it to death and even now have a particular affinity for Cyndi. I’ve also introduced her to my daughters. They especially love “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.”

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I remember sequestering myself in my room with Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary books. Reading for hours on end while twirling my hair in bed. I remember my parents warning me to slow down and savor the books, but I couldn’t help myself. I blew through them.

I remember the Confederate Jasmine that grew, winding itself up and around the post for our mailbox. It smelled like a slice of heaven.

I remember swimming lessons in our backyard, and being greeted by homemade lemonade, sandwiches and Cheetos for lunch afterwards. Sitting there in my wet suit, dripping over the patio, hungrily devouring each bite after an hour fetching bricks from the bottom of the pool.

I remember Pepperidge Farm Verona cookies. Strawberry. I’d sneak down to the kitchen and somehow make my way through a whole package in two or three days. Maybe with a little help from my dad.

Image courtesy of PepperidgeFarm.com

I remember our Yorkie, Darby, dug holes in the backyard and put her rawhide bones & bagels in them. Then she’d just leave the hole open, not covering anything back up with dirt. She also buried a few bones in potted houseplants. Mom was not happy.

I remember my Grandma Mytch’s green jello with hunks of cream cheese in it. I hated it. But I loved her piano and her cat, Sissy. I remember Grandma Mytch always played the same song on her piano, “Let Me Call You Sweetheart.” I remember when we moved her into the nursing home, my mom took us to visit her every weekend. And mom gave her manicures. How sweet that was even though us kids were bitching about how bored we were and we wanted to go home.

I remember Uncle Lumpy, a red & white clown blanket I had. He had a head, hands, and feet on his blanket body. Sounds creepy, but I loved him. He laid on my bed a long time. I think my Auntie Maureen gave him to me.

I remember being a little girl dreaming very big dreams. One of them was to be a mommy. Am I lucky or what?

What do you remember?

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  • http://twitter.com/MidwestMomments Jennifer Barr

    LOVE this! Chills. I had a Dukes of Hazzard metal lunch box, and “She’s So Unusual” on tape. The first record I got was Neil Diamond’s “The Jazz Singer.” Good memories…

    • Anonymous

      Oh my gosh! We loved Dukes of Hazzard, too–especially my two younger brothers! I think another one of my first albums was Michael Jackson, and then Madonna.

  • http://twitter.com/galitbreen Galit Breen

    *Sigh* Yes, you are and were lucky! Those memories are divine and resonate so very much! Lovely peak into you, my friend! XO

    • Anonymous

      Thanks, Galit! I really had fun writing this one! ;-) xoxo

  • http://www.bellebeanchicagodog.com/ Liz

    Is it bad that when I think back to being young, I typically think of summer time???

    • Anonymous

      Liz,

      No! Not bad at all—besides, for me? Growing up in New Orleans meant it was summer about 90% of the time. Hahaha

  • http://twitter.com/musingsdemommy Musings de Mommy

    Hooray! I’m so glad you wrote one and I loved reading them. Especially vivid for me: you sitting in your dripping wet swim suit eating. We were probably doing it at the same time, getting the same burned shoulders and orange fingers. xoxo

    • Anonymous

      Denise, yours was so much fun, too! Thanks for letting me link up w/ you girls! ;-)

  • http://www.adesignsovast.com Lindsey

    Love these memories – we are obviously of the same vintage as I had a wonder woman lunchbox too and early Cyndi Lauper is still very nostalgic for me!! xox

    • Anonymous

      Lindsey,

      You know what’s funny? My mom read this post and it turns out she still has the WW thermos in her attic! I can’t wait to go home next month & treasure hunt!

  • Anonymous

    I’ve always been a devourer of books. I still can’t take my time and savor. I’ve accepted it.
    Just gobbled up the latest Sookie Stackhouse in two days.

    • Anonymous

      Tulpen,

      I have the first in the SS series, but haven’t cracked it. Do you watch True Blood??

      • Anonymous

        I’ve never seen the show, but have heard that it is soft porn, and that long swedish drink o’ water alexander skarsgard is too hawt for words so I NEED to see it!!!

        • Anonymous

          Tulpen—

          YES YOU DO NEED TO SEE IT, if even ONLY for Skarsgard, aka Eric. H is HAWT. RAWR. Seriously. You could skip the first few seasons even, to get to the good stuff that is him. LOL

  • http://www.theumbels.com Evonne

    I love this post. Yes, you are very lucky!

    I remember my Pap singing my Tora Lora Lora, which now makes me cry. I remember being scared the first time my dad took off my training wheels. I also remember reading Babysitter Club Books over and over.

    • Anonymous

      Evonne,

      YES YES YES! I loved those Babysitters Club books—weren’t there eventually 100+ in the series? I think I had all of them. That’s what I used my allowance on ($2 per week back then). Stacy, Kristy, Dawn, and I’m missing one….there were 4 of them origninally, right? babysitters i mean?

      • http://www.theumbels.com Evonne

        I had to Google it – the names were driving me nuts! Stacy, Kristy, Claudia, and Mary Ann were the first 4, followed by Dawn and a few others. I think there were well over 100. I didn’t own them all, but I think I read them all.

        • Anonymous

          OMG! You’re right. And Stacy had diabetes, right? CLaudia had super long hair, and Mary Ann was Miss Prim n’ Proper…I think!

          • http://www.theumbels.com Evonne

            That sounds right. I wish I would have kept the books because now I want to go read them again! Maybe I can convince my daughter to read them. She borrows my books so why couldn’t I borrow hers? lol

  • http://www.misselaineouslife.com/ Elaine

    You called to mind my first record album – “Thriller”. I got it for my 9th birthday. Wow, that was forever ago. I love hearing your memories and relating to them.

    • Anonymous

      Elaine,

      I had a Thriller poster on my closet door!! Dad made me put it up on the inside of the closet, though—so no one else could see it. LMAO!

  • http://twitter.com/tsonoda Terri Sonoda

    You are lucky, my friend! But so are your girls, Dan and that little red bean…..to have you. I loved this “I remember” piece. Brought back memories for me, as I’m sure it did everyone reading it. And what do I remember? This made think about the time I was 8 years old (we lived in Kansas City then!) and my Dad made me a bike. He made it from the ground up and painted it lavender (what else?) and it was the prettiest bike in the neighborhood. That was a good memory. Thanks.

    • Anonymous

      Terri,

      That is so cool! he MADE you a bike? Do you have any pics? Sounds pretty blogworthy to me! Have a blast with your Abe & DIL2B this weekend!

  • http://profiles.google.com/twonormalmoms Ally Wilson

    Great memories! (But Uncle Lumpy does sound creepy) :) I remember plowing through books like that – still would if I had the time!

    • Anonymous

      Ally–

      Get this! My mom read this post and she still has Uncle Lumpy! So when I go home to New Orleans I may have to have him dry cleaned and write a post (complete w/ pics, of course) about him next month. Or is that too strange?!?!

  • http://www.makingthemomentscount.com/ Amber

    I dreamed of being a mommy too–and here I am with my two sweet ones. Swimming lessons do burn so many calories. I believe I ate loads of food to off-set the hunger pains after each afternoon in the pool.

    • Anonymous

      Amber,

      Oh yes! I remember being STARVING after all those swimming lessons. But we had fun, and we had some really good teachers. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • http://www.fromtracie.com From Tracie

    This is so great!
    I always raced through my Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary (and all of my other books), much to my mom’s annoyance. She always told me to slow down. Now that my own daughter is reading Beverly Cleary (she is finally showing some reading love to Bev!) I let her read as much and as fast as she wants.

    Love Cyndi Lauper. LOVE.

    When my husband and I were first married, we lived in a little duplex that was just covered in confederate jasmine. I loved it so much. I can almost smell it if I think about it hard enough. There are days when I miss that little duplex.

    You are so very lucky…..as are your daughters and your little red bean.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you, Tracie!

      I miss that Confederate Jasmine. Sigh. Soooo delish. There was tons a ton of it down South, but here? Not so much. And I’d love to know what Katarine thinks of Beverly Cleary vs. whatever other current kids’ authors she’s reading. I feel like it can’t possibly compare!

  • http://www.coffeesandcommutes.com/ Christine LaRocque

    So glad you joined in!! Thanks for sharing. Your memories are so vivid and rich with imagery.

    • Anonymous

      Christine,

      Thanks for letting me hop on the bandwagon! This was a lot of fun & I enjoyed writing it!

  • http://www.thewatson6.blogspot.com jessica

    Goosebumps, this post brought back many great memories for me too, many very similar to yours. I loved Ramona Quimby.

    • Anonymous

      Jessica,

      I loved Ramona, too. And Beezus.SuperFudge & Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret and Deenie and on & on & on! Le Sigh. Not sure yet if kids’ books these days can compare. Will hopefully find out soon enough!

  • Sarah @ Momalom

    Oh you got me with the “dreaming big dreams.” With the busyness of life, all the lists and organizing, all that is practical and boring, I forgot about dreams for a very long, long time. Seeking my own memories brought me back to that time when dreaming a BIG life was second-nature.

    • Anonymous

      Sarah,

      Yep, that could be a whole new post–dreams. I loved your take on this prompt, by the way. It was so evocative & gorgeous. So grateful you guys let me link up!

  • Taming Insanity

    The memories of the pool always fill me with longing. Oh, to not have a care in the world.

    • Anonymous

      Taming Insanity/KLZ,

      Those were the days, no? Then again, I probably wouldn’t wanna go back and have to go through a lot of all the other not-so-great junk a second time.

  • http://twitter.com/juliecgardner Julie Gardner

    Oh. “Let me Call you Sweetheart” just made my heart skip a beat. My grandfather would sing that to me.

    LOVED your memory list. A lot of them apply to me (although I’m older) but fun didn’t change that much in the years between our childhoods…

    The food, the swimming (we did pennies instead of bricks) the music and the books.

    Oh, the books.

    Happy memories, for sure.

    • Anonymous

      Julie,

      Sheesh, you can’t burn that many calories getting pennies off the pool bottom! HAHAHAHHAHHA. And yes, the books. Couldn’t get enough of ‘em. Still can’t!

  • Christi

    LOVED this post!  Hope you are doing well!!!!!  <3 

    • Anonymous

      Christi,

      Thanks so much! Hope you’re doing well, too! xoxo 

  • Stephanie

    I remember a few of these too!  That jello sounds a wee bit gross lol 

    • Anonymous

      Stephanie,

      Yes, it was more than a wee bit gross—I wouldn’t eat it! I’m a red jello girl. Actually, I don’t eat jello anymore since I found out what’s in it! 

  • Anonymous

    Oh I remember those Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary books too. Your descriptions are so beautiful and so real. Made me feel like I was 13 again.