Monday, March 12, 2012
Vague Childhood Memories
"How old are you?"
Many of them are vague as can be. For example, I remember great big colored lights on a tree at gramma's house, a house that later burned down (as I recall my gramma telling me.) I can't remember anything else about that. I can't recall that I knew anything about Christmas. It was at that house where I took one of those small white sample tubes of Avon lipstick and colored up and down, pressing hard and going fast as I could upon my lips, chin and under my nose. It was at that house, or rather in it, where (as I recall) my sister fell a few times while walking around in one of those walker-trainer things for toddlers. One more memory about that house is of an incident when I got in trouble. Mom had placed me in a car seat. As she was pulling away from the street curb where the car was parallel parked, I said something like, "Wait! Back!" I think I was mimicking someone who had said the same thing, or something like it, in a similar situation. I also think I was sorta thinking my mom had not placed my little sister in the car yet, so we shouldn't leave yet. Well, whatever I said, it upset mom. She replied, after stopping the car, something like, "What? Why? What's the matter? Hush!" Then, she proceeded with pulling the car out into the street until I said, "Wait! Back!" She told me if I didn't hush, she was going to leave me at home. Well, you guessed it! I didn't hush. I said, "Wait! Back!" one more time. Sure enough! Mom took me out of the car, and left me at home. Yes, I cried!
I wonder if my mom remembers that incident?
Another vague memory I have is of a casket with a striped flag on it being shown on our black and white TV. We were living in Maryland at the time. I can't say for sure, but putting other pieces of information together that I know now, I believe it was the casket of John F. Kennedy.