Monday, September 20, 2010
Second House On Sidebar
I grew up in the second house on my sidebar. I lived there from third grade until I got married in 1956. We were just glad we had electricity and didn't think anything of not having air conditioning and not even a fan. Guess we were lucky the windows worked and were opened wide in summer. We had no carpet and I don't remember knowing anyone who did. No bathroom except the little house out back. We did have running water inside but had to heat the water on the cook stove to take a bath in the galvanized tub and to wash dishes. We had a big cistern to catch rain water to cook beans and wash our hair. The house was six rooms and it didn't seem small at the time. Our house was just a block from downtown of the small town we grew up in. The postoffice was a social gathering place every morning while the mail was being "put up" that is put into the individual boxes. Across the street from the Methodist church where we spent a lot of time going to functions at church or just playing rock school on the steps. We had a lot of fun when Mama waxed the floors pulling each other around on a big rags or sliding in old socks to shine the linoleum. We had plenty of good plain food and our roof didn't leak so what more could we have ask for? A cell phone maybe? Not even a party line. A TV? That came later but we filled our days playing Annie Over, Hide and Seek, Mother May I and so many more. I don't remember ever being bored or saying I was bored there were so many choices. One day a few years ago we passed our old house and I happened to have a camera with me so I stopped to snap this picture. I'm so glad I did because the next time I passed the house was gone.