Sunday, November 29, 2009

When I was a Little Girl...



...all my friends were grown-ups. Shari would go to school and I would go down the street to a number of elderly couples' homes - primarily Ellen and Wally Harris and Paul and Tea Keifer's. My mom said she worried I would never have friends my own age.

And she might have been right for a time. Friends my own age wouldn't feed me treats and let me fill the bird feeder.  And tell me I couldn't drink coffee because I might get a black neck.  I loved those days. 

Years later, I saw Ellen Harris when I was working at the Dairy Queen.  They used to come in Sundays after church for a hamburger. One day when I was bringing them their food, she called me by name.  "Leanne.  Sit down."  So I did. She asked me if I remembered the time I came to borrow something for my mom. My mom evidently gave me strict instruction that I was to come straight home, and to not stay and visit.  Ellen told me that my mom wasn't too happy, though, when I came home with cinnamon roll icing on my face. 

I don't remember that particular incident, but some of my earlies memories are filled with the love of those couples. I can still remember the smell of their homes, and I never see a chickadee when I don't think of Wally. 

I wasn't yet in kindergarten, so I suppose I was Matty's age.  It makes me think how important the memories he's making today are so important.  I hope my boys earliest memories are as happy as mine are!

4 comments:

Scandy said...

I love this post.

MindiJo said...

Ahh! That's so heartwarming. Wait. You lived in town for a bit? I never knew that...

BTW: You have always picked wise friends. Especially me. Guess you have a knack for it. ;)

Julie said...

You're adorable. Then and now! I love the bit about your mom being not being too happy about your extended visit. You just couldn't resist and I'm sure the people you visited loved it!

Jo said...

I love this post. It's so sweet. And it doesn't surprise me a bit that you did that. Love it. And the picture.