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Young Trouble

Life Story Club Contributor

Oct 25, 2019

Oh I don’t know where to begin, so many things. School – we used to play, throw rocks at glass windows, play softball, hit windows. You know, I mean, you runnin’ in and out, playing with each other, in and out of each other’s houses. You know it’s just a bunch of stuff that we used to do. And like he said, we used to get hit for it, but I think now today there’s somewhat sensitivity for that stuff you know. It’s on both sides there’s some abuses and some ain’t, some  just chastised kids, but it’s a thin line. 

But I used to get mostly in trouble for, probably just doing stuff I shouldn’t be doing, throwing rocks or playing in somebody’s house when it shouldn’t be, and knocked down something and break it. But at that time you know people didn’t have a lot of money. So you break somebody’s stuff and they had come out their pockets for it, you know your mother…. That was trouble because they didn’t have really the money to afford to pay extra for something, you know probably was used anyway, but nevertheless you had to pay for it. You know especially windows. When you’re kids coming up like, young kids, you know back probably in the 50s 60s when you’re young. You know, when you get a little older, you end up with girls then. When you headed to high school you’re not throwing rocks. You know you’re in different trouble then. Another story…

Family Tradition

Life Story Club Contributor

Oct 25, 2019

Well my tradition was Thanksgiving, well actually Christmas too, but Thanksgiving on paper. And generally it was for 12 of us. So my mom usually had to cook. Our family’s favorite was sweet potato pie and cakes. You know all the trimmings you get as a kid, you like the sweet, you know how to cook it up.

A lot of time, the thing I like about it was all the family together and my mom being a good cook, they would have other people come over there. So you got to play with cousins that you didn’t see for throughout the year or for years. You know, it’s just a whole family gathering and different family members, half of whom you didn’t know because you as a kid – it was aunt so and so… So you know was it fun, you know, to be a kid. You didn’t have to pay for nothing. So everything you thought grew on trees and mom’s was the beneficiary of everything. You didn’t realize it till you get older now that you know the joy of it, just having that camaraderie with the family and just seeing everybody, you know, you took for granted then as a child and you’re most grateful for it now when you do get it, if it ever happens, and you try to install it in your family. 

Did you try to replicate it with your own family?

No, because usually my mother… until she passed on we were going to continue to gather. Once she passed it was kind of like everybody kind of went their own way. So you kind of lost it. You know, it’s always one person to keep the glue. That’s right. That’s basically it.

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