You Go First

Growing up, our house was across the street from the Grand View Motel. We lived on the street behind and our home faced the 10 or so windows of the long, low building. Once a week, the owner would mow the grass and sometimes have his young son, Johnny, with him in the cab of the riding lawn tractor.

Mom asked me if I wanted to take Johnny to the “Welcome to Kindergarten” day. ( It was held on a day late in the spring semester when neighborhood Kinders would “sponsor” a child who would be entering kindergarten the following year.) “No way,” was the only explanation I gave when she asked me if I was interested in taking Johnny. But there was a reason that I didn’t want to be his special friend… Continue reading

Spiritual Sagittarius

spiritual sagittariusMy birthday is in mid-December, which makes me a Sagittarius.

Although I was a child in the 70s, I was really too young to be into the zodiac. As a child, I would occasionally read my horoscope in the paper, but the predictions always seemed vague and random. For example, my horoscope for today says this: Continue reading

Sleeping with the Bridesmaids

bridesmaidsThis story is on a hearsay basis.  In other words, I wasn’t there, but have had this story told to me several times and I think it is pretty funny and is one of my favorites for this family. Continue reading

Caught Naked

Have you ever seen a family member naked that you shouldn’t be seeing or didn’t want to be seeing?  Well, our family has a habit of seeing the wrong people naked and at inopportune times.  Over the years, there have been multiple instances of this. Continue reading

Bad Grandma

I always say that since I have become a grandma I seem to constantly be in trouble, or at least get blamed for some happening that the kids get me involved in.

I have a rather rambunctious, curious grandson who has always kept everyone on their toes.  He is sweet, fun-loving, and as I said, curious and adventuresome.  Continue reading

Smoking with the Cool Girls

Being a little sister is not always easy. Whenever Sandy and her girlfriends were trying things out, I wanted to try them too.

As is often the case, when I was going through this experience, it wasn’t funny. With every telling, it gets funnier and funnier. And now, it is downright hysterical. Continue reading

Who Needs Backup Sensors Anyway?

I’ve never been known as an awesome driver. As a matter of fact, I’ve been teased relentlessly over the years for developing ADD tendencies while behind the wheel.

This propensity to ADD while driving has its drawbacks. But sometimes I get into trouble even when I’m clearly 100% focused. like. when…backing up.

“Protective” Barriers

Most recently, I had a day job driving a forklift. I loaded freight onto a pallet and moved said freight to a staging area. On one fateful day, I had a “big and bulky” load of only 2 items. I was “looking alertly in the direction of movement with my body appropriately having 4 points of contact with the lift and using a wide-legged supported stance” as I maneuvered my pallet into the lane. Unfortunately, the load of boxes was blocking my ability to see the barrier rod that prevented people from entering a conveyor area. Continue reading

Not a Prima Ballerina

tap danceI started my dance “career” at age 4 by taking tap classes.  I believe Mom initially got me into classes to help me overcome my shyness.  Hiding under Grandma Is’s skirt was where you’d find me if anyone tried talking to me during our errands.

Now when it came time to be in dance class, my shyness disappeared.  I loved being the leader of our class and getting to be the first one onto the stage during the recital.  I never recall having stage fright or freezing while on stage.  That never occurred to me. Continue reading

Dates to Remember

family poemsWe all have dates we’ll always remember

One of mine comes up in September

September 22 was the date that mom passed

The memory of her forever will last Continue reading