truthsayer226 “Change your thoughts and you change your world.”
46. being fascinated by the peacocks, guineas and other fancy birds my grandfather and uncle kept
47. my father’s snake phobia. so many funny stories!
48. my mother’s worm phobia. so many funny stories.
49. playing in the rain in my bathing suit.
50. play cooking with dirt, ink berries and china berries
51. climbing the mulberry tree to pick and eat mulberries
52. going blackberry picking in briars left where trees had been cut. making blackberry stew when we got home for supper.
53. the summer we saved tadpoles from dying by putting water in their holes when their mudholes dried up.
54. grandmama reading me poetry in bed when I was sick.
55. walking passed the ceder tree where the mourning doves lives and hearing their song
56. picking up stray tobacco leaves at the barn to make a little bit of money while the adults did the heavy work
57. writing a book of sayings with grandmama
58. mama read stories to me everynight. sometimes poetry or ghost stories. not just children’s books. It taught me to love literature.
59. reading my uncle’s comic books
60. drinking the homemade hot cocoa grandma made in the morning
61. eating a goose or duck for thanksgiving that my uncle shot while hunting
62. loving to watch and listen to the Canadian geese and other wild fowl in the fall during fall migration
63. going to the ocean beach but mama was too afraid we would drown to let us do more than get our feet wet
64. mama had a huge pink rose bush outside the kitchen window
65. climbing the tree outside the bathroom window to see the baby birds
66. watching the birds go in and out of the clothesline post holes feeding their babies
67. trying to dig a hole to China in the back yard
68. playing in the swamp and seeing the salamanders swim in the ditch. I wasn’t worried about snakes.
69. listening to John Denver on my record player and exercising
70. playing basketball against myself
71. going roller skating
72. writing poetry and short stories
73. special meals mama made us like pocket stew
74. being fascinated with lipstick
75. playing naked in the snow when I was 2 much to mama’s alarm. She couldn’t understand why I wasn’t cold.
76. my favorite dresses that I wore until they were too little
77. riding around to see Christmas tree lights
78. writing Christmas lists
79. making fun of the teachers in middle school and high school
80. going out for the annual school picnic at the Point at the end of the year
81. going to the country store and seeing people I liked like Snag and Mr. George and Glenda
82. the azaleas and lilies blooming every spring at the grave
83. eating scuppernong grapes or figs off the vine or bush after swimming all afternoon
84. walking down the sandy dirt road and feeling the sand between my toes
85. a hard rain on an old tin roof made me relaxed and sleepy
86. reading by the fire with grandmama
87. fixing meals for grandmama
88. going to the dirt road to the mailbox to get the mail
89. building ‘houses’ out in the woods
90. playing cowboys and Indians in the woods
91. mama buying us new Easter clothes and taking us out in the woods to take pictures of us
92. getting an easter basket and stuffed animal for easter
93. wearing a costume for trick or treating for halloween
94. going to the halloween carnival
95. going to the girl scout meetings while mama would let us go
96. wandering around the little town or the farm with friends just talking and dreaming
97. wandering around the farm alone with a backpack pretending I was out on a great adventure
98. writing letters to my school friends during summer vacation
99. learning how to crochet from mama (I don’t remember now)
100. learning to play mama’s old piano
101. watching the hens roll around in the dust
102. watch the horses run in the pasture
103. show grandmama where someone cut their initials in a tree way out in the pasture
104. talk about the legends of people who lived on the farm before us like the family who lost 7 daughters to the Spanish flu