Friday August 15, 2008


if you remember odd or funny things from when you were small or growing up, just add #thewaywewere and tell me about it!

Meg Fowler started a Twitter meme today, #thewaywewere. I posted two:

When I was 5, I liked wearing empty glasses frames. We knew I'd eventually need glasses. Didn't get lenses till third grade.

My elementary school cafeteraia had good food. Peanut butter & honey sandwiches. Chocolate drop cookies. Great meat loaf.

Thinking back...

I grew up in central Pennsylvania in a lovely town where I could walk to school, or to the library, or to the park. We lived in a 3-story house on a tree-lined street. Life was good.

My elementary school cafeteria occasionally served white rice at lunch. I don't remember what the rice was served with, but I do remember, vividly, the bowls of sugar on the tables at those times — white bowls with red stripes. Putting sugar on your rice was a common thing in Central Pennsylvania. (Try it sometime; it's tasty.)

I collected recipes for years, trying to duplicate those chocolate drop cookies.

The elementary school had once been the high school. It was a large brick 2-story building with hardwood floors, a huge auditorium, a gymnasium, a large cafeteria, a very nice library... I can close my eyes and walk through it in my memory.

One of my special elementary school memories is of the Scholastic Book Club. Every month the fliers would come. My mother and I would go through the books available for that month and I'd choose. Then wait... until the day the box arrived at school and the teacher would take out the books and call us each up to the front to pick up our orders. The special joys of New Books!

I lived in the same house from the time I was born until I left for grad school. I had two rooms of my own — a bedroom and another room for projects and things. I spent a lot of time in my "other" room.

I had a wonderful kitty who was my best furfriend. (The dog belonged to my mother (or vice versa)). My kitty liked to sleep under my covers and lick my eyelids to wake me up.

My first typewriter was an old manual upright. I loved it. Somewhere along the line it was lost or sold. That was a mistake I regret to this day.

We had cable television long before the creation of HBO and the like. Where we lived, if you didn't have cable, you had no reception! Cable brought us the networks and the independent stations out of NYC. We had so many good movies on Sunday afternoons or weeknights at 11:30 pm.

One week, one of the late-night movie stations played Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Our Mom let us stay up late every night that week to watch.

At Christmas, my sister and I each had a personal Christmas tree (in our bedrooms). Our Mother's tree was in the living room. Our Dad was responsible for putting on the lights.

Every summer, from the time I was 5 until I was 18, my family would take a vacation in upper New York state during the last 2 weeks of August. Memories of those vacations could fill a book.
Thanks so much, Meg, for asking this question.

What do you remember about your kidhood?

#thewaywewere ( in category Retrospectoscope ) - posted at Fri, 15 Aug, 20:18 Pacific | «e»

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