A single moment can define an event. A moment to remember can be tearful or cheerful. I tend to think of the fond moments instead of the other ones. You know those other ones. Like the one that found us kids goofing around on a small fallen tree that stretched across the creek. When you walked on it, it bounced and you could spring off down into the creek. Long story short, one of the broken stobbs jammed in between my toes and I ended up in emergency.
The farm gave us a lot of places to play and things to experiment with. The animals were usually victims of play. We jumped off the loading shute onto cows for a crazy ride. The boys loved to put the wild kittens in buckets and spin them on the water tank so they would get dizzy. There were ponds for hunting frogs and polliwogs. There were trees, our favorite being the mulberry tree in the front yard. The bark was worn smooth on the favored branches.
One unforgettable moment was the afternoon the TV arrived. I don’t think I knew TV’s existed until that wonderful day that Howdy Doody came into our house. Watching all the old westerns gave us a lot of pretend material for our outside games. Pinky Lee have us lots of singing and dancing.
I begged to go to school. It was so boring with Carol and Danny gone all day. The school teacher, Mrs. Beard said I could come. She and Mom decided if I had problems keeping up I could do grade 1 over. There was no kindergarten at Willard School. I loved school. I felt so grown up with a Big Chief Tablet and pencil of my own.
Experience is a great teacher and can supply you with many a moment to remember. My mom made sure that my sister and I experienced things together. There were sewing classes and Girls Auxillary. We performed together at a few social functions. Mom would play the piano and we would sing our song. There was the yearly piano recital that Grandmother organized. One recital was especially memorable because mom bought me a special dress. The moment I put that dress on, I felt all grown up, I was special.
There was a popular song about moments to remember. When you hum that song, do you think of things that are on your list? It’s funny how one moment remembered leads to another and another. Bet you hadn’t thought about these things for quite awhile. Would you like to share some of them?