Welcome back for the forth of 15 stories of my Piggy Tales growing up. I'm glad you came back! I'm having a hard time keeping it short, so please forgive me.
My second grade teacher was really kind and fun. I remember learning about Florida history, Seminole Indians, making huge books from construction paper about Animals in the ocean, and learning that eggplants were purple and didn't come from eggs (that I didn't like the taste of them). A little boy in my room, Jason Troutman, (last boy on the first row) - I thought his name was strange because he didn't look like a fish to me. I had a crush on the little boy on the last row in the red shirt. Strange, the things we remember! Book Mobiles were a magical time - I wanted to buy all the books, but couldn't. That was when I bought my first Black Stallion book and dreamed of owning a horse someday.
I remember that there was a big empty lot next to the school and sometimes at recess, we would see a car racing for the treeline that lead to the woods back there... police cars would follow. That was the year that The Streak (1974) came out and believe me, we saw plenty of streakers!
That was also the year that I had to memorize a poem and recite it over the intercom one morning. I was scared witless, but did it because every student in the school had to help do the morning program before the end of the year. I did Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Swing" and still have the book that I learned to recite it from.
I was still in Judo - still hated it and the competitions we had to go to. I remember receiving a purple medal once - I think it was because they felt sorry for me. I never got past a white belt, my brother had a yellow belt and had a lot more fun than I did. Would the torture never end?
My mom sent me to a friends house so I could catch mumps and all the adults were eating oysters (I never got the mumps). Her mom ALWAYS gave us BOTH sides of the Popsicle instead of just half. I remember once helping my mom mow and edge the yard - that is where my fear of ants started - fire ants. They had to throw me in the tub to wash the ants off me. Ironically, Youngest has a fear of ants as well - Sorry Son!
That year for Easter, I got a received a jointed Spiderman action figure in my Easter basket and Bryan got Batman. I really didn't like Spiderman nor know who he was, but now he lives in my attic and seems quite happy up there! My brother thought he would be funny later that day and hide a chameleon lizard in one of the HUGE Leggs Pantyhose eggs were were using... Scared me out of my wits, but we laugh about it now.
|Me, Lorraine, Bryan|
Sometime that year Mom was in the hospital and our father didn't let us visit her or talk on the phone with her... I remember trying to call her but got caught and spanked. She seemed like she was gone for a long time (probably a week). I also remember hiding his cigarettes under his pillow because I wanted him to stop smoking... He spanked me until I told him where I hid them.... That was the year that I started noticing that he didn't hang around the house much with us - he always seemed to sit out in this tiny little space off the carport - leaning back in his chair smoking...
Because we were "older" now, Mom allowed us to ride our banana seated bike to the base movie theater where we would watch B&W Godzilla movies. What Mom didn't know was I would balance myself on the handle bars as Bryan would peddle - I didn't once think of losing my toes in the spokes. She always gave us money so we could buy some Good & Plenty and Mr. Goodbar candy - it was such a treat! After school we were glued to the TV watching Flipper, and Tarzan. I was thrilled when Mom took us to the film set of Flipper and we got to meet her (yes Flipper was really a girl), but was disappointed that the inside of the house was not the REAL inside from the show.
I don't remember really listening to the radio much, but one song that I had a 45 of was Seasons in the Sun by Terry Jacks. I used to play that OVER and OVER while playing on the carport. I remember telling my mom that when I died, I wanted that song played at my funeral... Oh the things we remember!
That year for my birthday (probably a combo for my brother and I) we had a party at a park where we had pony rides and cake. I think that was the year I got a Kenner Blythe Doll with color changing eyes - she's living up in the attic with Spiderman as well.
Some things that we loved doing while down there:
Disney World (they were building Epcot and Discovery at the time), Sea World, Cypress Gardens, Serpetariam, Parrot Island (now Jungle Island), eating at Minuteman Restaurants (there was always a toy in our meals) and the Sweden House Smorgasbord where we would eat all we could on seafood nights of crab legs and shrimp!
I'm so thankful for Jana at Mommy's Piggy Tales, conceiving this idea and planting the seed for others to record their childhood for their children. If for some reason you missed any of the previous weeks, you can find them here: