Friday, February 24, 2006

More Memories.........


Oh, the happy memories these photos bring back......These two pics and many more we have were taken with Mama's Brownie Hawkeye camera, summer of 1968 or 1969. They were taken at Lake Poinsett State Park just outside of Harrisburg, Arkansas. I was either 4 or 5, and my Mama, Daddy, sister Lisa (Cecil), Grandma Martha Hervey, (Mama's mother), Mama's brother Charles Headrick and his wife, Ethel and their 4 kids (my cousins), Tyrone, Jeannie, Julie and Jerry were all there for the day. That's my cousin Jeannie on the left, and me in the foreground of the pic. Notice how brown I am and how blonde my hair is? My hair is quite a bit darker now, except for the "platinum blonde" hair I have in abundance, especially framing my face :) Notice there are only 4 of those swing horses for 6 kids........Begin to see the possibilities for some minor disagreements, here? lol....

When we went to the park, we always got there early in the morning and spent most if not all day there. We always took the cast iron pots and skillets, and food to cook there. If Daddy and Charles happened to catch any fish, we cooked those, and if not we had fried potatoes, and whatever else the women could scrape up. We kids gathered sticks and dead limbs to use for firewood, and we built a fire and braced an old metal fan grill over concrete blocks with the fire under it to cook over. I can still remember the "pine" smell of the park, and the smoky smell of the fire and the food cooking over it. Food always tastes better cooked and eaten outside, in my opinion. Oh, the fun we had!! We were so close in those days, and now all the cousins have moved off to different parts of the country. Julie lives in Pocahontas, Arkansas, about 40 miles away. The last time I saw her was when Mama died last April. Jeannie and Jerry live in Denver, Colorado, and Tyrone lives in California. I haven't seen him since Grandma Hervey died in 1981. It's sad, we used to be so close, didn't we, sisters?

On to the news of the day, not that there is much. Sisters, remember Dana, Janiece S.'s daughter? The one who is my age? Jessica, Chris, his friend Jason and Dana's daughter, Jerra are double-dating tonight. They are supposed to go eat, then to play pool or bowl or both. Jessica has to be back by 11 tonight because we have to be up by 6 or so to get ready to go to Jonesboro for her Mock Trial competition at 8 am. There are 2 rounds tomorrow and if she makes it through both rounds, her team will go on to Little Rock for the state competition next weekend. I don't particularly care for the crime scenario they chose this year for the trial, personally I think the case is too vague, but they didn't ask me. I've helped her as best I could with her closing statements, but I don't know if it's going to be strong enough to help her team or not. More on that tomorrow.......

It was pretty again today, 60 degrees and sunny. The weather geeks are calling for a 40 percent chance of showers overnight and into tomorrow, and a little cooler. That's acceptable, I guess. We still need the rain. One of my daffodils is officially blooming, I saw it earlier today. I hope they don't get their blooms froze off, but it could still happen. There is still plenty of time for more freezing weather. April 15 is the average last frost date for this area, and the farmers around here usually have cotton and soybeans planted right around that date, if the ground is not too wet to work. It's going to have to rain quite a bit between now and then to make it too wet, but I guess it could turn out to be a wet spring, still yet.

I am going to go ahead and try to post this and talk to Cecil and Bill and maybe Ducky, if she is on messenger tonight. More tomorrow, good Lord willing.....

4 comments:

zztop357 said...

Diane, You left out the best parts. Like all the bug bites,poison-oak,and chiggers.YOU-ALL got into.And the HEAT and the flys,just just did't make an appearance here.We just didn't notice them i guess.Times were simplier then,and it didn't take much to make us happy.I think instead of giving our kids memory's,we are making them selfish?[my spelling sucks].But you get the point.When we got home,we wanted a bath and bed.Because we were tired from playing with each other.Not because we sat in a room and played video games by ourselfs all day.
We need to get out more with our kids,get off our cans and be apart of each others lifes,like we were brought up.Movies and tvs make wonderful baby sitters.They are teaching our kids a lot.Do we want our kids to live the games,or live our lifes?
They soak up everything.Lets give them something to remember,not how easy it is to kill on a game.
i want mine to be a little better,not bitter.
I still miss the "Mama"and the old goat.But,I still have the memories, and most of them are good. Even the bad ones.
Love You Sister,you and Winky
Donna

Diane said...

Hey, sis,
The bugs,poison oak, heat, etc. were worth enduring for the good times we had. We didn't know any other way of life, anyway. I agree about today's kids and the like, too. Like I said in an earlier blog, the "good ol' days" had their good points and their bad points, just like the world we live in today. Life is what you make of it, and today is the only day you have control of: do your best to live today so you have no regrets tomorrow.
Life is what it is---it's our perspective and attitude towards our personal circumstances that define our feelings about it at any given time.

There......I'm through philosophizing now....(is that a word or did I just pull one out of thin air?!?)

Love you, too, donnie (that was Grandpa Gene's name for you, wasn't it?)

hellen said...

Those WERE the good ole days...like when the only thing you had to do was play and you were young and naive and didn't know that life would eventually have moments where it would really be hard just to get through the day---I MISS THOSE DAYS...I need one every now and then... I know I was (AM) the baby and I was spoiled but I didn't know I was spoiled--I just thought I had all these people around me who loved me.. and I did..sorry for any time I was rotten :) I don't remember a lot of the bad stuff and I am selfish--I'm glad I don't remember...but I'm glad I had the life I've had, the things I've learned, and even the hard things teach you a lesson, if you will open your eyes and realize it..Life IS hard but it's a whole better with all of you in it!!! Love you all...I miss Mom and the Coot, too....but I still hear Mama's voice talking to me when I listen..I can still close my eyes and remember exactly how she'd say-"I love you too, babe..." I hope that voice is always in my mind...

Diane said...

Me, too, Cecil...... me, too......