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Days Long Gone

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Autumn in Northern Ohio

Autumn in Northern Ohio

Near Lake Erie

Life was simple in most every way when I was young. My parents weren’t perfect but the three of us were loved. My sister is three and a half years younger and my brother is nine years younger than me.

As the oldest child I always had a lot of responsibility, and we each had our chores. We all got along in our neighborhood and spent a lot of time outdoors when the weather was fitting.We lived in a suburb of Cleveland close to Lake Erie. Our house was a nice little bungalow with three bedrooms, so my sister and I always shared a room. When my mother walked upstairs to the bedrooms she could see straight into our bedroom, so if there was junk on the floor she would see it every time. We kept in clean most of the time or we were in trouble. My mother liked a clean house.

It seemed like my mother cooked a roast every Sunday, which seemed to last for two or three days. I started learning to cook and bake at a young age. My father didn’t cook much, but he made the best grilled chicken I have ever had and he could make a good pot of chili. I was also taught to sew and by high school I was making most of my own clothes.

When I was about 10 years old I used to sneak a walnut from the ones my mother bought for cooking and feed it to a squirrel. By the end of the summer the squirrel would eat it right out of my hand. I thought I had accomplished something great.

Family Fun

My family went on a lot of picnics during the few months of summer weather. Often on Sunday afternoons my father would take us for a drive, and we would buy fruits and vegetables at the market out in the country. Sometimes we would go and park across from the airport so we could watch the airplanes take off and land. One of my favorite places was Cuyahoga Metropolitan Park, which was very close to us and it was beautiful. We would drive through there quite often, and it was one of the places for our picnics. It had a small river and gorgeous trees.

Northern Ohio

Northern Ohio

Fun With Friends

The kids in the neighborhood all played together with various games of tag, hide and go seek, red rover and hopscotch. One of my other best memories is swimming. There were two swimming pools, each about a mile from my house. My parents would get us a pass each summer, and we would go swimming every day that we were allowed. I would meet my best friend there and we would swim all afternoon. Then, we would get a candy bar.

My grandfather actually got me my first bike, and the only one I ever had. I loved that bike but I did share it with my sister. I remember that my mother was mad because her father never bought her a bike as he thought it was too dangerous at that time.

As I got a little older my best friend and I would go to each other's homes to dance. American Bandstand was a hit, and I would hurry home from school to watch it every day. I was also starting to pay attention to boys when I was in sixth grade and autograph books were popular. One boy wrote in mine:

Roses are red, violets and black
You’d look good with a knife in your back!

I was mad at him for “ruining my book”, but actually the boy liked me. He invited me to his boy scout part, but I said no.

American Bandstand 1960s

Teen Years Arrived

I think it was seventh grade when I along with my friends decided to wear bermuda shorts to school. All of us were sent home to change as we were supposed to wear skirts. I wasn’t rebellious too often, just now and then. Overall, I had a good childhood and these are just a few of my memories.

Comments

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 01, 2020:

Hi Liz,

That is so true. Most of my childhoood was so good. I appreciate your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 01, 2020:

Hi MG,

I hadn't thought of several of those things for many years. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on September 30, 2020:

It is fun to look back on "the good old days," isn't it? Sometimes we gloss over things that were less pleasant, but overall, it's a fun journey down memory lane.

Enjoyed reading your nostalgic piece.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on September 30, 2020:

What a beautiful post and so interesting to read. Old memories do not fade away and come back sometimes.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 30, 2020:

Hi Peggy,

I did have a fun childhood overall even with the level of responsibilities I had. I laughed about the boy too. I was mad at first but then I knew he liked me. I believe I was in 6th grade then. Thanks so much for your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 30, 2020:

Hi Linda,

We watched the Ed Sullivan Show also and I remember the Beatles introduction also. I hadn't thought of that. It is beautiful but that wind off of the lake in January sure is cold. I appreciate your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 30, 2020:

Hi Vidya,

I totally agree with you. Childhood is the best time of life but we just don't know that at the time. I am glad you enjoyed the article. I appreciate your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 30, 2020:

Hi Devika,

Childhood memories do make you happy. Thank you for your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 30, 2020:

Hi Bill,

I knew our young years were similar from your writing in the past. I appreciate your comments.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 30, 2020:

Thanks for giving us a peek back at your childhood days. Overall, it sounds like you had a fun childhood. I laughed when I read that autograph from the boy who liked you but wrote that knife in the back saying. Haha!

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on September 30, 2020:

Thank you for sharing a glimpse of your childhood with us. I remember American Bandstand. Every Sunday evening we would watch the Ed Sullivan Show together and I remember when he introduced the Beatles. (There was the Lawrence Welk show too, but I didn't like that very much).

I have never been to your part of the country; it sounds beautiful.

VIDYA D SAGAR on September 30, 2020:

Hi Pamela,

Thank you for this beautiful article, Pamela.I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your childhood and teen years. It made me nostalgic. Childhood is really the best phase in one's life. So happy and carefree we used to be. But back then we were in a hurry to grow up and be independent, thinking being grown up is best.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 30, 2020:

Pamela This is amazing! Childhood memories make you feel happy and lots to make you feel those years ere among your best in special ways.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 30, 2020:

Our memories are very similar, Pamela. From the Sunday drives to the roasts for Sunday dinner to American Bandstand. You could have been writing about me.

Anyway, thank you for taking the challenge. It was like going back in time to my neighborhood.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 30, 2020:

Hi Lorna,

It was so enjoyeable to write this article as I had not thought about most of my childhood in a long time. I think being the oldest child pushed me to be a rebel at times yet I was a pretty good kid overall. What your Dad said is so funny. I am glad you enjoyed the article. Thanks for commenting.

Lorna Lamon on September 30, 2020:

This was a lovely reflection of your childhood and growing up Pamela. I think these memories bring us so much comfort particularly in these trying times. I love the idea of you being a rebel (sometimes). My Dad used to say I was a rebel without a cause. It's the simple memories that mean so much. Thank you for giving us a glimpse into your childhood. Beautifully told.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 30, 2020:

Hi Rinita,

I am so glad you enjoyed reding about my young years. I had not thought of many of those things for years. I did love that little squirrel eating out of my hand. I really appreciate your generous comments and I wish we could be simple too.

Rinita Sen on September 30, 2020:

Thank you for letting us into your beautiful memories Pamela. I could feel that every word was written from the depths of your soul. I enjoyed reading every bit of it and all of it was visually appealing. My favorite part was when the squirrel ate from your hand and you thought it was a big achievement. Simple things mean so much to children. I wish as adults we were so simple still.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 30, 2020:

Hi Adrienne,

I really liked learning to bake especially as most kids I guess like sweets. Thanks so much for your comments.

Adrienne Farricelli on September 30, 2020:

Pamela, your childhood memories are precious, thanks you for sharing them with us. It is nice that you had the opportunity to learn how to cook and bake from such a young age.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 30, 2020:

Hi Kalpana,

Yes, we did take it for granted and it was so much fun. I agree that we were in a hurry to grow up and we were living in the best time of our lives. Thanks for your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 30, 2020:

Hi Chitrangada,

Time sure does fly as those memories seem long ago. I had a good childhood overall. Thank you for your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 30, 2020:

Hi Flourish,

I think I was in 6th grade when that boy wrote that in my book. He thought he was so funny and really it was but I didn't like it then. Thanks for your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 30, 2020:

Hi Rosina,

I am glad you enjoye reading my good old days. I appreciate your comments.

Kalpana Iyer from India on September 29, 2020:

Childhood memories are the best, aren't they? I always get goosebumps thinking of all the fun we had, and how we took it all for granted. The worst wish we had as kids was to grow up and become an adult so that we can do whatever we wanted - not realizing the best time was the one we were living at that moment.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 29, 2020:

Beautiful memories of childhood. I enjoyed reading it, and it brought back so many of my own childhood memories. How time flies—-!

You seem to have a loving family, and friends. These are memories to be treasured. Thanks for sharing.

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 29, 2020:

Thanks for sharing your memories. I got a chuckle out of that little autograph from that boy. Sounds like you had a nice childhood.

Rosina S Khan on September 29, 2020:

Wonderful story with good memories of your childhood with family and friends, Pamela. I enjoyed reading it and got what your good old days looked like. Marvelous article.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 29, 2020:

Hi Lora,

I am glad your memories ae so similar to mine. Of course, it wasn't all good but so much was fun. Learning to dance at that time was so much fun. Summer days were really great but witers were long and someimes tough. American Bandstand was so much fun to watch.

I appreciate your comments, Lora.

Lora Hollings on September 29, 2020:

I loved your article about days long gone, Pamela. It sounds like you had a childhood rich with good times with your family and friends. Many times as I was reading your article, it brought back wonderful memories that I also have growing up with my parents, sisters, pets and the kids in the neighborhood that I loved so much to play with! It seemed, back then, that summer days would last forever as we would play even into the early evening and life was so good! I remember my sisters watching American bandstand but I would watch it too and I learned how to dance quite well from watching it! Your article made me nostalgic for those happy times. I think you did a great job in writing and recreating this magical time. I really enjoyed reading it.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 29, 2020:

Hi Eric,

I am glad you like my few memeories that that I wrote. I always appreciate your comments. I wasn't tough like you where i climbed mountains and camped out. My parents were protective I guess and there are no mountains right on Lake Erie anyway. :)

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 29, 2020:

Thank you for taking me along into your memories. I am afraid us rag tag boys saw the world a bit different. I like your vision a lot.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 29, 2020:

Hi Miebakagh,

These memories are good and I am glad you enjoyed them. Thank you for your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 29, 2020:

Hi Shauna,

I like getting to know the personal fun things from someone's youth also. We make so many comments asn feel like we are friends, yet we know so little about each other. I enjoyed remembered some of those silly things when I was writing also. I appreciate your comments, Shauna, as usual.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on September 29, 2020:

Pamela, happy to learn your sweet past. Memories like these are valnable. Thanks.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on September 29, 2020:

Pamela, I love your memories. I was into American Bandstand, too. What a great show!

You and I have some similarities. I'm the eldest, my brother is three and a half years younger than I and my sister is ten years my junior.

The area you grew up in is beautiful. I can imagine the smell of the fresh air and fertile soil.

Thanks for sharing your childhood with us. It's always fun to get to know the personal side of our online friends.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 29, 2020:

Hi billips,

It is fun to look back at some of the fun times. Thanks so much for commenting.

billips from Central Texas on September 29, 2020:

I enjoyed your article very much. It made me remember my own childhood, somewhat different, but in some ways also similar.