What I Used to Watch

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Mar 9, 2020

I remember I Love Lucy, she’d be working on a conveyer belt with candy, I think it was. It’d be going so fast, she’d start throwing candy in her mouth. I remember that so good. I won’t forget it.

I’d watch TV in the living room. My house was beige in the front and there was turquoise in the living room. The furniture was brown. The couch could be opened up into a bed. You could sleep on it if it came to that. I slept on it many times. When you have extra company, it’s good to have that in your house.

The house was a brownstone. We had two doors coming from the outdoors and the doors were decorated and pretty. We had very high ceilings. I had flowers in each corner and green leaves that hang down. The way it was made, it was like an arch in between. We had little places where you could stick flowers. It was like something was growing out of the ceiling. It was between my living room and my bedroom, where I would put the plants that hang down on each side. You didn’t have to water them. They were artificial. I didn’t mind dusting them. Every so often you’d dust them down but they weren’t no nuisance. They gave me no problem.

Saturday was my cleaning day. I had to go to work the other times. I had plenty to do. Raising my children too. I’d go to work, go home, go meet my son, so he wouldn’t have to go home alone, without an adult. Oh yeah, that’s plenty to do. I worked during the war, at an arsenal, where they’d make parts for planes and all that. I first started out a messenger. I had to take different messages around to the offices. Then I worked in blueprints. It was all combined. If I would be a messenger to take stuff around, I’d have some time to sit around and do the blueprints for airplanes.

Mar 9, 2020

I remember I Love Lucy, she’d be working on a conveyer belt with candy, I think it was. It’d be going ...

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Most Joyful Day

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That’s difficult! I guess my most happy day was when my mother came home from teacher’s college and I knew she was going to be there with us after that. Teacher’s college felt like a long time. She finally came back for us. We were raised by our grandmother. It was a wonderful life and all that, but you want your mother. She was a wonderful mother. She was wonderful to everybody. She would teach older people at night. So that people wouldn’t take their money from them. She taught them how to read and write. Basic skills. She taught them in a church. She taught us, me and my siblings, helped us when we needed it. Some people say that their mother’s are better than others, but the best mother I know, was my mother! Every program that came up, that’d be my speech. I appreciated her, I certainly did. My father was alright, my aunts and uncles, they were nice. But nothing came before my mother.

First Date

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It wasn’t really a date..you know how you grow up, you’re children. I guess he thought he was my boyfriend and I guess I thought he was my boyfriend. It was in grade school, even earlier than that! It was no date, I’m just talking about how you think that he’s your boyfriend and vice versa. There was no actual date.

My first actual date? Oh my! I think it was when I was 16. He came down to the location to work, and that’s how he met me in the neighborhood. But I never felt he was my boyfriend, he wasn’t really my type. He didn’t win me over in the end. This was at my grandmother’s place, down in North Carolina.

My mother was a teacher, she was away at college at the time. I was very young. My grandmother didn’t know I was dating!

I met my husband…He came with his brother, my sister’s boyfriend, came to our house. So I guess he told his brother about me. That’s how, his brother had come to see my sister. That’s how I met my husband. He was in the service, he was in Japan. We were dating during the war. I worked at the place where you make parts for planes, and blueprints. I wasn’t an engineer, my main job to work with the blueprints. I didn’t think it was a difficult job. I enjoyed it. I kept working throughout my life, from one thing to another…

Talent

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Dec 2, 2019

Embroidery. I would draw the picture on the piece of material, and I would embroider it and then I would hang it on the wall. I’d hang them in my grandmother’s house. I would draw whatever came to my mind. A picture of whatever, flowers or trees, or whatever, and then I would embroider it. I prefer nature. I used to collect leaves and put them in a frame too.

I guess different people in my family taught me how to embroider. My mother would crochet. She made a beautiful window that you hang at the glass window. It had “God bless America” on it.

I have two boys and I have four grandchildren, but I never taught any of them how to embroider. It wasn’t that convenient because when they were little, I didn’t think about doing that. And I mean real little. I used to keep them when they was small sometimes.

Young Trouble

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Dec 2, 2019

I don’t remember getting in trouble. I remember my brother and my sister used to give me trouble. They’d hurt me, so I would hurt them. I was their big sister. They did more to me than I did to them. I don’t remember harming them.

One time, I was making honey candy. And my sister, she come over to stir it, and it burned her. And she threw the spoon and burned me, my foot and everything. But it wasn’t all that bad. It was bad enough when I felt it though. Things like that.

Another time…we used to have grass I’d play on on the side of the house. And my brother was coming around the corner I guess, and he sailed this piece of glass and hit me right there. He didn’t do it deliberately. He did it playing. He was playing and he just threw it, and it came straight to me. I was on the grass bed. It cut me on the mouth.

Dec 2, 2019

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Family Tradition

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November 25, 2019

Our family traditions include Thanksgiving and Christmas. On Christmas Eve, all the kids wouldn’t sleep! WE’d hide under the covers waiting for Christmas day. On Christmas morning, we’d go over to each other’s houses to see what presents each of them received from Santa. This was in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

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