My friend Terri posted some thoughts from her past, growing up in Ohio and suggested that we do the same this morning.
After my Mother and I came back to Tennessee, we lived with my grandmother, 2 aunts, an uncle. I am an only child and had lots of grown-ups to teach me how to live and have fun, as well as learning responsibility.
We, as Terri did, played outside. We played from the minute we got out of school until dark. The neighborhood I lived in had lots of families with children, so I never lacked for someone to play with. I loved skating on the sidewalks, riding my bike in the street - yes in the street, playing kick the can, hide and seek, or dressing up dolls....on the big porch of our house.
My family, all of them, were fun. We would all get in the car with my uncle driving, and ride around town, just looking at billboards or signs. Do you remember Burma Shave signs? We loved reading those. Christmas at our house was wonderful - food, music, company, wrapping presents and trying to guess what it was. There was lots of laughter. We got our first TV when I was 13, and it was a black and white. We found a piece of plastic at a dime store that you taped to the front of the TV and it made it look like it was in color! We took vacations together, going to Florida or to Kentucky to Mammoth Cave, etc.
I loved going to school and walked to and from my elementary and Jr. high schools. I never played hooky or got in trouble that I remember. I was a cheerleader in Jr. high. By the time I got to high school, my uncle got a job at a TV station that was just beginning in Chattanooga, as an engineer. We all packed up and moved here and I went to high school.
I graduated when I was 16 and went to work for an insurance company.
Now, how about your childhood growing up.