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    when I started kindergarten we went to a one room school house in the country. I live in Iowa. I remember putting our ears to the light pole in the yard and we thought we could hear voices (it was really the vibrations we were hearing) and we were convinced we could hear people in hell talking! LOL

    I remember playing drop the hanky and freeze tag and blindman's bluff. We played alot of cat's cradle a game where you put a string on your hands and each person has to find the xs and pinch the string at those places and turn the string inside out. Then the next person does the same until someone messes up.

    My parents had lots of home parties and we made alot of homemade icecream by hand crank. Everyone took a turn cranking. Tasted soooo good!!

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    When we would visit my granny out in Toledo, she would make us 4 kids 7-Up floats. We would sit around her little kitchen table, each had a different colored plastic cup. We thought the straws that "bent over" at the top were the most coolest things ever! And our granny let us have them. This was back in 1972. Fond fond memory....

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    One summer we were up visiting my grandparents in Bellingham, WA up on the Kelly Road. We (me and cousin) got to go to the store with gandpa when he went. The last thing grandma told him on the way out the door "Don't go buying those girls a bunch of candy!"
    He didn't. My cousin and I came home with two of the largest rainbow hard candy suckers he could find. He brought one for my sister and my other cousin to.
    Grandma was seeing red. Us girls thought it was quite funny that grandpa had put one over on grandma by pointing out he didn't buy us all a bunch of candy. :-D

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    I can remember when we would go and visit my grandma and grandpa in the summer...Grandpa would haul out 2 big galvanized garbage cans that he bought just for me and my sister. They always knew when we were coming and grandma would fill both of them up half way with hot water and then when we got there grandpa would finish filling them up with cold water. Then me and my sister would take all of our clothes off except for our underwear and we would play and splash and grandma and grandpa would sit and watch us play. Whenever I see a picture of the house they used to live in, that is the best memory I have of them. :) This was maybe 1968 or 69.

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    My family didn't have much money but we sure did have fun. On Friday or Saturday evenings my parents would get together with their friends (several couples) and the men would sit around and play bluegrass/country music. My dad played guitar, banjo, fiddle and harmonica all by ear. The women would sit around the table and gossip, drink coffee and smoke cigarettes while jumping up and down to check on us kids. Us kids? Well, we'd run in and out of the house and play hide and seek, freeze tag, etc and chase lightning bugs. I never even knew we were broke!

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    On school days, I walked a block to my grandmother's house (grandpa was deceased) and stayed for a couple of hours until my mother picked me up. Grandma was always sitting by the living room window with the lace curtains pulled back watching for me. She'd give me a little snack and talk about all sorts of things. One vivid memory was that we were having a thunderstorm along with hail. She held a coffee cup out the door to college some hail, showed it to me and explained how it was formed. She was very small, only 4'9" and she was just like a playmate. She passed away when I was nine, and it was a very sad day.

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    when i was small, my 2nd cousin taught me how to take a blade of grass and place it between my thumbs and blow to make it whistle.
    and sodas were five cents!!

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    In the summertime, me and all the neighborhood kids would play Kick the Can out in the street. We rollerskated up and down the street on the sidewalk. One of the neighborhood women who did not have kids made a playhouse for us and used to serve snacks and sodas. No adult could do that now without being suspected of child abuse... sad...

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    We lived in the country and very seldom got to go to town. I can remember occasionaly when my Dad was with us, we would stop at the drugstore. We didn't get to go inside, but he would bring us a chocolate soldier. Boy, were they good. Anyone else remember them?

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    So many memories @ my grandparents
    First cup of coffee, learning how to make root beer, learning how to make homemade wine from the grapes my grandfather grew.......There are sew many more.....thanks for the rewind....... I miss them so much......

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan
    when i was small, my 2nd cousin taught me how to take a blade of grass and place it between my thumbs and blow to make it whistle.
    and sodas were five cents!!
    I learned to do this too with a blade of striped grass. But now I can still do it without the grass. You just have to hold your hands and your mouth just right! Sounds like a train whistle.

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    Friday nights were grocery shopping nights. Afterwards we go to an Aunt and Uncle's house and have pretzels and soda. We thought that was such a treat, because we never had that at home. We watched wrestling on TV at their house, too. Now that I am an adult, I always wonder about those groceries sitting in the trunk of the car until we went home.

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    Summer evenings we sat in the backyard and enjoyed the night air, the smell of the river, catching lightening bugs and letting them go. I would sit on my father's lap as he rocked in an old metal garden chair and listen to his heartbeat.

    When we went inside, if the upstairs was still too hot for sleeping, he'd turn on the radio for us to listen for a while. Sigh.

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    When I was in grade school, my mom didn't work. I would walk home from the bus stop (about a block away) and she would sit me on the sink and wash my feet and then I would sit in my dad's chair at the table and have a snack and chat. Awesome. :-)

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    Once ever other year Aunts and Uncles and Grandparents would meet at the beach for a barbeque. The moms would be sunbathing and the dads playing cards and the kids getting their feet wet and playing in the sand. My grandparents were tending the barbeque. My grandfather could not live a day without his pasta and because there were so many of us he had to bring his Army size boiling pot. All I remember about those times was our moms telling us to go see if the pot was boiling and the uncles just laughing their heads off and every so often yelling over to my grandfather............Hey Pop you got the water boiling? We were all so hungry but my uncles seemed to be just fine, of course they were they were plastered on beer before we got to eat.

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    My grandmother would collect rainwater strain it thru muslin and the heat it on the stove. Outside we would go with a porscelain dishpan and she would wash my hair after rinsing she would add a dash of vinegar for the final rinse. Very few young people know rainwater is soft water. One of my fondest memories is doing dishes. Grams never had hot water in her kitchen. Dishes were placed in a large dishpan filled with water and put upon the stove to heat slightly, the teakettle was heated to boiling for rinsing. Everything was washed, dried and placed in the Sellar type cupboard manys the night we laughed about something till we cried. She taught me how to crimp a pie shell edge (I was 6) to this day whenever I do this she is standing right by my side. She would pull out her fabric scraps and make my tiny doll a bonnet, skirt and apron with only a needle and thread. I asked her to do my hair up in rags as she did this with all of her 6 girls a hair full of rags is hysterical but did I end up with beautiful long curls! She was an angel to me.

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    One of my favorite memories is one of my cousins and I playing in her back yard. She had a dog, so there was a tie out back there hooked to the porch. My cousin and I had to only be about 6 and 4, respectively, and my little cousin only about 3. We would 'fish' off the porch, and use my little cousin as the fish. We'd make him run around the yard and throw this tie out at him as our line, and then we'd take turns running out and hooking it to his belt loop, and drap him across the yard and onto the porch. And once, we made him eat a worm since he was the fish. We told him he could never see grandma again if he didn't eat it, and he did!

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    One of my favorite memories was card night at my Great Aunt Clara's. Everyone played. If you were too little you sat on someone's lap. Tables were set up in everyroom. All of my mom's family came. They were German and loud and knew how to have a good time. There was always the best food. Lemon Meringue pie, Polish Surprises, German potato salad... and so much love. Miss those times.

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    Walking alone to grandma's after dark-no one would allow a teenage girl to do this nowadays. Then I'd sit and drink coffee with grandma and discuss all of my important issues. I felt so grown up! Visiting my other grandma when I was small. She always had the best sour cream cookies in the jar!

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    When in elementary school, my dad worked an afternoon shift factory job plus owned his own home improvement business. The rare times dad was between jobs or got rained out he would pick us up from school for lunch and bring us home and make us grilled cheese sandwiches and a bowl of soup for lunch. He always made sure that we had dill pickles to go with our sandwiches too. BTW we called our grilled cheese sammiches, not sandwiches. Dad always went out of his way to spend as much time with us kids as he could because he worked a lot and make that time as special as possible for us. Everytime I have a grilled cheese sandwich with a pickle to this day I think of those times dad picked us up from school to spend lunchtime with us.

    A lot of summer days I went to work with Dad on his side jobs, so that I could spend more time with him. I was such a daddy's girl. I still am really. I was climbing roofs, snapping chalk lines and passing shingles and nails to the guys at the ripe age of 4. Or helping carry lumber to one of them for inside remodeling jobs. I also was allowed to mix cement in a wheelbarrow, until it got too heavy for me to do. Yes, I am still a tomboy to this day.

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    I remember making molasses candy with my cousins and grandmother up in Maine. We couldn't wait for the first real snowfall. When it came, we ran outside with the big cast iron skillet and packed it with snow. Then we would drizzle designs on the snow and the candy would harden in those shapes. I still make the same candies to this day.

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    Durning the warm summerevenings it was great sport to catch "fire flies" in a jar.
    Only thing I could never understand is why once I had a few of them caught they would not light up the jar so I could have my own lantern.
    I always set them free and then they would glow as they took off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsponcho1
    We lived in the country and very seldom got to go to town. I can remember occasionaly when my Dad was with us, we would stop at the drugstore. We didn't get to go inside, but he would bring us a chocolate soldier. Boy, were they good. Anyone else remember them?
    I do remember them! We had a small grocery store in Big Cabin, OK that had the "pop" cooler outside. You had to slide the top to the left (and right if your favorite was on the other side). While others picked Coke, the chocolate soldiers chilled and formed ice crystals... slushy like a milkshake!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aubo
    One of my favorite memories is one of my cousins and I playing in her back yard. She had a dog, so there was a tie out back there hooked to the porch. My cousin and I had to only be about 6 and 4, respectively, and my little cousin only about 3. We would 'fish' off the porch, and use my little cousin as the fish. We'd make him run around the yard and throw this tie out at him as our line, and then we'd take turns running out and hooking it to his belt loop, and drap him across the yard and onto the porch. And once, we made him eat a worm since he was the fish. We told him he could never see grandma again if he didn't eat it, and he did!


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    I remember the first time I had a slurpee, the price was 10 cents and I thought "I can have a slurpee everyday for the rest of my life! How great is that!!!" a year ago I went to 7/11 and bought me and my neice a slurpee and it cost over $3! Inflation!!

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