Thursday, July 30, 2015

13 good things I remember as a kid [Thursday Thirteen]

1. Going to the beach and building sand castles
2. The Christmas I got the windup train and the track
3. Living for two years in a city environment
4. My first and only bike when I was 9
5. spending two weeks with my best friend and her folks at their summer camp in Maine
6. going to the library
7. endless cardgames with my mother on snowy winter days (no school today, yay)
8. learning to play cribbage
9. the Red Sox on the radio with Curt Gowdy announcing
10. Our first television (big old cabinet Dumont)
11. Reading and collecting "the Bobbsey Twins" series
12. My first job at 17
13.learning to write cursive

Thursday Thirteen


  1. ah yes the Bobbseys ??Nancy Drew too??

  2. Nancy Drew was prissy. I came late to the realties of the Bobbsey twins, and only when I was nine or ten did I realize that they were a series of nine gazillion books. My best friend and I swapped, steadily, after that.
    I never much cared for Nancy Drew, for some reason. She was prissy. lol. By the time I got into the series I had started on adult books like "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" so she sort of paled right away.

    I do remember another YA girl set, cant remember the name of it, but she was so good and sweet it was painful...

  3. Good times. Good times. It sounds like you have lots of fond memories. I remember learning to ride my bike, too. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Sounds great. I read my dad's old Hardy Boy's novels, collected Transformers and spent hours riding my bike around.

  5. my first skates (one doesnt use roller skates in the country, I found out) were city skates, they even had that metal key to tighten them.

    When we came back here after two years away I discovered that you didnt play hopscotch, or roller skate, or bounce your ball off a clapboard house. Hit one of those clapboards wrong and you could get a wicked hop out of that thing =(

  6. My sisters and I would walk or ride our bikes to the library at least once a week when we were kids. Thanks for sharing some of your memories. My T13

  7. yeah, i spent a lot of time at the library--the lady who guarded it would only permit kids in the kids section, and she watched us closely. When my mother came too she would reluctantly allow me into the adult section, assuming I was about to set fire to the books. lol. Even now I get all funny inside when I smell that library smell. nothing like it.

  8. I don't think they teach cursive now. Pity. And I never learned cribbage, but always thought it would be an interesting card game. Great list.

  9. they dont teach cursive, the times tables, or geography. I wonder what's gonna happen in 15 or 20 years when one of these kids decides they want a career as an historian, or a librarian, or even a lawyer? Someone will have to be their eyes anytime they want to read a document hand written 50 or 60 years old. Most old deeds and records are in script.
    One of my jobs as a volunteer at the state Historical society is to translate and transcribe letters and documents from 19th and 18th century manuscripts. there will come a time when people who can barely read anyway will be unable to read even those texts. What happens then?

    Cribbage is a slow game to learn, fairly complicated, but great fun once you get all the ins and outs of it. My dad taught me. He stopped teaching me when he realized he was no longer 'letting me win" and then it started to be fun...

  10. So much of that / those have fallen away from me now.

  11. And I played cribbage online for so long Im not sure I'd actually know what to do with a pack of real cards.

    Sometimes the older science fiction stories happen. I remember one about people living apart from each other, communicating with only telescreens, telepones, and computer-like boxes. When you wanted someone out of your life, you disconnected the feed. That was 30 or more years ago.

  12. One of the few things my dad did for me was to teach me cribbage. Long since forgotten the game, but treasure that little memory.

  13. Im glad, Liz. We all need good things to remember.