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My Memories per Brenda’s Prompt

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Childhood Memories

Immediately my brain had numerous thoughts of memories, especially of my family. Growing up I was the older sister, and my mother worked outside the home full time. My job was taking care of her and my little brother in the summers and when my parents weren’t home. We had a good life in many ways despite the fact we did not have much money. We still ate well and had fun.

My parents took us on picnics every summer. We swam and played games. My mother made the best potato salad, and my dad cooked on the grill. We also played board games as a family, especially in the long, cold Ohio winters.

I remember my father working a second job one autumn, so we could have a good Christmas. My father was a patient man, but if he raised his voice we listened. He rarely got mad about anything. He was strong but he liked to laugh and have fun.

My mother taught me to sew, and I made many of my clothes. I even took a tailoring course when I was a teen. I made a coat and a suit. My mother also taught me to cook

Elvis Presley - Little Sister

My Sister

My sister and I laughed together

Every moment we tried to have fun

Mom was often assigning chores

Oh, how we hurried so we could run

Rain or shine we wanted to play

It was almost like we were one

Each day we played and danced

Sweet memories playing in the sun

Grandparents

I remember spending time with my grandparents, which was always wonderful. My Gramma was a terrific cook, and they liked to go fishing. I remember going with them and they said to me: “Pam, you have to be quiet or the fish won’t bite.” I was probably a little chatterbox I guess.

I also spent time with my other grandparents. One morning when I was young I woke up and my grandfather was mowing the grass. Then, he came into the house and fixed some scrambled eggs that probably had a little bit of chives or some green herb. I had never eater scrambled eggs with something green in them before.

Anyway, since I had seen him mowing I thought he put grass in my eggs. I didn’t want him to be mad at me, so I ate them anyway. I told my parents that he put grass in my eggs when I got home. They thought it was so funny. This grandfather bought me the only bike I ever had as a child, and I had to share with my sister. I loved them all.

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I remember hurrying home everyday to watch “American Bandstand”. As a teen I went to many dances, as they were very popular.

When I was in grade school I was on the safety patrol, so in the spring they took us to a Cleveland Indians baseball game. It was so much fun.

Our parents would buy us a pass for the swimming pools each summer. There were two pools within walking distance. I would often meet my girlfriend or take my sister, as we all loved to swim.

It was a fad in my school to have an autograph book. We would write nice things in each other’s books. One boy wrote this to me:

Roses are red

Violets are black

You’d look good with a knife in your back

I was very mad at him, then he asked me to go to a Boy Scout party with him. He was cute, so I went with him, and we played ‘spin the bottle’. I guess that was my first kiss.

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One summer day when I was babysitting my sister and brother I heard my sister crying, but some kids were laughing. We lived on the second floor at that time. I went flying down the stairs and I saw about four kids had my sister pinned against the wall hitting her. I got so mad! I ran over and grabbed one by the arm knocking him down. I hit a couple of the girls and pushed them. Now some of those kids cried, but they never picked on my sister again. I think that was the only fight I ever had, and I didn’t act up in school either.

I started babysitting when I was quite young, and as soon as I turned sixteen I got a job at the department store so I could buy myself shoes, clothing, material, etc. I always believed in working for what you want.

The boys I went to school with in Lakewood, Ohio, didn’t have much of a chance when they went to Vietnam. This is a heartbreak as two of them that I really cared about didn’t make it back. My husband grew up with a father who spent time with him in the woods, teaching him survival skills, so maybe that is why he survived. That horrible war is the heartbreak of my generation.

The Rascals - A Beautiful Morning

Final Thoughts

If I start writing my memories about my three sons, this article would be very, very long. Was my life perfect? No, I have had systemic lupus with complications since I was young. However, I have had a good life. I have so many precious memories, and at this time in my life they may be the most special thing I own.

© 2021 Pamela Oglesby

Comments

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 24, 2021:

Miebakagh, I am so glad you enjoyed this article and your comments are always appreciated.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 24, 2021:

Precious comments! And it's true sometimes. Such relating poems are powerful.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 24, 2021:

Hi Shauna,

I have never had chives in my eggs since that time. You are right about Dick Clark never aging.

We do protect those we love. I still love my sister for sure.

I am glad you related to my memories and that you enjoyed reading it. Thank you so much for your comments. They made me smile!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 24, 2021:

Pamela, I absolutely love this essay! Thank you for sharing your childhood memories with us. I had to chuckle when you thought Grandpa put grass in your scrambled eggs! Have you ever added chives to scrambled eggs since that day?

I remember American Bandstand, too. Loved that show! Dick Clark never aged no matter how old he became through the years.

Wonderful memories, my friend. And what a great sister you are! Standing up to those bullies was brave of you. But when someone you love is being hurt, the strength of love takes over, doesn't it?

I really enjoyed this. Thanks so much for sharing.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 23, 2021:

Hi Rachel,

Thank you for reading and commenting.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 23, 2021:

Hi Vidya,

I think it is interesting as children that we rise to the occasion as necessary. I am so glad you enjoyed my response to Brenda's prompt.

Thank you so much for your nice comments.

VIDYA D SAGAR on June 23, 2021:

I can relate to your poem on sisters Pamela. It was very interesting to read about your childhood days.That was a brave deed on your part, protecting your sister from the bullies and being independent from an young age. Thanks for sharing this wonderful response to Brenda's word prompt.

Rachel L Alba from Every Day Cooking and Baking on June 23, 2021:

That was very interesting. Especially since Julia had no interest in cooking in the early part of her life. I totally agree with you on the washing of mushrooms; they should be just wiped off instead of washed. Thank you for the work you put in on this article. Stay safe in this pandemic.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 22, 2021:

Hi Fran,

What you said is sure true. Children grow up in orphanages every day. I am grateful for my family memories. I am glad you had a friend like that.

I appreciate your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 22, 2021:

Thank you for your good wishes, Miebakagh. We are going to see our precious granddaughter.

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on June 22, 2021:

Pamela, love your memories! I also know not everyone has memories of a family life. A close friend was raised in an orphanage never knowing the closeness of family. She went on to make memories for her own family. She was a wonderful, kind friend. Thank you for your article.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 22, 2021:

Bon voyage!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 22, 2021:

Hi Peg,

I am so glad that you related so well to my memories.

I appreciate your comments. Hope you are doing well. My husband and I will be heading to TX soon to see your granddaughter, but not up in your area.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on June 22, 2021:

This sweet and lovely stroll into your memories really brought back some of the great things we used to do before technology took over. I remember the autograph books we had, along with a locking daily diary. So good that you helped raise your sister while your parents had to work. And that you stood up for her when she was being bullied. Thanks for sharing this slice of your past.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 22, 2021:

Hi Linda,

The autograph books were really fun at the time. Yes, the Vietnam war was a horrible timed. The protests were tough on those who had to serve as there was a draft at that time.

Thank you for your comments.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 21, 2021:

Thank you for sharing your interesting memories, Pamela. Your comment about the popularity of autograph books applied to my school as well, even though I lived in the UK at the time. The Vietnam war must have have been a horrible time for everyone involved in it and for other people that were affected by the event.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 21, 2021:

I think most of us enjoy thinking about our good memories, Miebakagh. I am not surprised that you enjoy that also. Thank you for your comment.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 21, 2021:

'I enjoy thinking about those memorias." So do I.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 21, 2021:

Hi Nithya,

Those memories we have with our families are precious memories. I enjoyed thinking about those memories, then writing about them. I am glad you enjoyed the article.

Thank you for your comments.

Blessings.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 21, 2021:

Pamela

I left this comment yesterday but I don't see it posted.

Maybe it was because I was surrounded by hills in the country.

I hope you got it.

Pamela

Thanks for sharing your story of your childhood with us.

It made me remember times with my own family.

We played many board games & had picnics at the lake.

It was a simpler time when families did things together.

Your poem sisters shows us how much fun the two of you had together.

I remember those days when I was young.. the rain didn't stop us.

Your story about Grandparents is so good.

I don't think I was quiet either when we fished.

I can picture you eating those eggs with grass in them. I got to tell you...I couldn't have done it.

I've always been picky.

Bicycles were like that back in the day. I shared one until I was 12 yrs old.

Oh those childhood memories are great.

American bandstand, going to a game.

I can't believe that kid wrote that in your book, but they say boys can be mean to get your attention.

I guess it worked..he got a kiss.

We definitely were taught to take up for ourselves & our kin...like you did for your sister.

Getting a job was par for the course.

If you wanted something extra, you needed to work for it & buy it yourself.

I'm sure my parents would've if they could afford it, but we had what we needed.

Vietnam was a terrible war. Those who made it back are not really the same.

I love your saying that memories are the most precious thing you own.

I think that too.

This is a lovely write.

I will post a link as soon as I can.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 21, 2021:

Thank you for sharing those lovely memories with us. It is great fun to go on picnics with family. Those are precious memories. As the eldest child you had a lot of responsibilities and you learned to sew, cook and got a job as a teen. Hats off to you.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 20, 2021:

Hi Linda,

I think we probably are pretty close in age. I am glad some of your childhood memories came back to you.

We learned to be responsible at a young age, but I think that is often lacking today. Life always has some problems, but I trust God and move forward. I think you do also.

I am glad you enjoyed the article, the poem, etc. I always appreciate reading your comments. I hope you have a good week.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 20, 2021:

Hi Brenda,

You directed this whole article one event after the other. I think you grew up in Ohio also, at least that is where you are now, I love the people in the midwest. The times I have traveled back for high school reunions have been awesome.

My sister and I are close. I held her several times growing up when she cried. She turned to me more than to my mother. I think it was because I tried to protect her then.

My grandparents were terrific. I have only wonderful memories about them.

I never considered not working. It is what may of us did at that time. We learned to be responsible at an early age.

Thank you so much for your generous comments, Brenda. I hope you have a good week.

I absolutely think my memories are treasures. I am glad you enjoyed my response to your prompt.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on June 20, 2021:

Pamela, you and I grew up in the same era--I think we're pretty close in age. I share many of your memories, and you prompted me to remember things I had long forgotten about. The poem was very good. Thank you for sharing a bit of your past with us. Life wasn't always easy, but even the hard times are there for a reason, right?

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 20, 2021:

Pamela

Thanks for sharing your story of your childhood with us.

It made me remember times with my own family.

We played many board games & had picnics at the lake.

It was a simpler time when families did things together.

Your poem sisters shows us how much fun the two of you had together.

I remember those days when I was young.. the rain didn't stop us.

Your story about Grandparents is so good.

I don't think I was quiet either when we fished.

I can picture you eating those eggs with grass in them. I got to tell you...I couldn't have done it.

I've always been picky.

Bicycles were like that back in the day. I shared one until I was 12 yrs old.

Oh those childhood memories are great.

American bandstand, going to a game.

I can't believe that kid wrote that in your book, but they say boys can be mean to get your attention.

I guess it worked..he got a kiss.

We definitely were taught to take up for ourselves & our kin...like you did for your sister.

Getting a job was par for the course.

If you wanted something extra, you needed to work for it & buy it yourself.

I'm sure my parents would've if they could afford it, but we had what we needed.

Vietnam was a terrible war. Those who made it back are not really the same.

I love your saying that memories are the most precious thing you own.

I think that too.

This is a lovely write.

I will post a link as soon as I can.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 20, 2021:

Hi Devika,

You made a good point about lost fathers.

Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a good week!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 20, 2021:

Hi Peggy,

My mother did stay at home when I was very young, but she had to go to work when I was still in grade school. Vietnam was definitely a tough time. My husband came back injured one time and got spit on my protestors. Not a good memory.

Thank you for your comments, Peggy.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 20, 2021:

Hi Pamela,

I enjoyed reading about some of your childhood memories. Like you, I was the oldest child. My mother was a stay-at-home mom, so in that sense, I was lucky. I also have fond grandparent memories. Both of my brothers served in Vietnam. That was not a great time for many people. Thanks for sharing those memories with us.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 20, 2021:

Hi Pamela this is so well-written for this special day. Memories are for a reason and sometimes that's what one needs to feel close again to our lost fathers.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 20, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada,

I think you are probably right about our sweetest memories come from our childhood.

I am so glad you enjoyed everything about my response to Brenda's prompt and that it reminded you of some of your childhood memories.

I appreciate your comments, as always. I hope you have a good week coming up.

Blessings.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 20, 2021:

Hello Pamela!

Lovely response to the word prompt, memories. I enjoyed reading about your childhood memories, which reminded me of my own younger days. Perhaps the sweetest memories are from our childhood.

I loved your poem, and your narration.

Beautifully done article. Thank you for sharing!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 20, 2021:

Hi John,

I'm glad you enjoyed my response to Brenda's prompt. Thank you for your comments. Have a good week.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 20, 2021:

Hi Bill,

I am glad we share some good memories. We had love in our home too. Having money is not everything.

I'm glad you enjoyed reading, and I always appreciate your comments. Have a happy Father's Day.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 20, 2021:

What wonderful memories indeed, my friend. Many I shared with you. I smiled when you said hurrying home for American Bandstand. Every single day. It was huge, seeing our favorite music groups, on tv. Like your family, we had very little money, but we had a good life, and there was love in our home. Anyway, thank you for sharing.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on June 20, 2021:

Thank you for sharing these personal memories and the melancholy look back on your life, Pamela. A lovely response to Brenda’s prompt as always.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 20, 2021:

Hi Ms Dora,

I have had a good life overall, even with some illness. So many have it much worse than me. My father has been gone for a number of years, but I am thinking of him today. Thank you for the Father's Day wish as my three sons are all dads.

I appreciate your nice comments. I hope you have a good day.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 20, 2021:

Pamela, thank you for sharing your fun memories of your childhood. I'm happy for you that the war did not rob you of your husband, and that altogether, you've had a good life. Happy Father's Day to the dads in your family.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 20, 2021:

Hi Rosina,

I am glad you enjoyed reading my memories, along with my poem.

Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I hope you are having a good day.

Blessings

Rosina S Khan on June 20, 2021:

I loved the poem and the article as well, representing your childhood memories. These are something we all should savor and hold dear. Thank you, Pamela, for a very interesting read. A well-crafted response to Brenda's prompt indeed!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 20, 2021:

Hi Miebakagh,

I always had such a good time with my grandparents. They had dogs, and my grandfather would go rabbit hunting. Then, he would cook rabbit on the grill and in all different ways.

I never heard about holding a piece of grass or a woody shrub with your lips, but I think I did talk too much when they took me out on that small boat. It was exciting to me as a kid.

I'm glad you enjoyed my childhood tales. I appreciate your comments. I hope you are doing well.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 20, 2021:

Pamela O, I like reading poems. But I've not come across a short verse like the memories-brief, connecting, and memorable. Yes, grand parents are very funny creatures and are endored with wisdom. What your granny said is so true, that if you live on this my part of the world, you'll be ask to hold a piece of grass or a woody shrub with your lips on a fishing trip if you're the talkative type. Your grand dad was much funner. In my boyhood days, we kids used to watch these hoary hair creatures with even our 6th sense. Much thanks for a thought provocating and fun read.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 20, 2021:

Hi Misbah,

I am glad you enjoyed the poem and the article. I agree that childhood is the best part of life. I have so many good memories of childhood and raising my three boys too.

Love and blessings,

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 20, 2021:

Hi Rozlin,

It was kind of enjoyable to think back at some of those memories that stand out,

I appreciate your comments.

Blessings.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 20, 2021:

Hi Barbara,

My three sons are a huge blessing for sure. I am glad you enjoyed reading the article.

I appreciate your comments. Take care and have a lovely Sunday.

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on June 20, 2021:

Pamela,

That was a beautiful story. What a great older sister you were back then and still are one, I am sure. You are a lucky woman to have three sons--what a blessing.

Have a great Sunday on 'Father's Day'.

Until Later,

Bobbi Purvis

Rozlin from UAE on June 20, 2021:

This is a very beautiful article and a wonderful response to Brenda's prompt. Thanks for sharing your childhood memories. I enjoyed reading. Stay safe and happy.

Blessings to you, Pamela.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on June 20, 2021:

Beautiful article and Poem. I loved everything you have written. I agree with you, life is never perfect but Thankfully, we all have some good memories, and they are always precious. Childhood is the best part of life. Lovely response to Brenda's Prompt. Much Love!!

Many Blessings to you

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