I hope to join Lynnette in this as often as I can, I think it is a wonderful idea!! Please check here to read other walks down memory’s lane.
So for my first post, I thought I would share something from my childhood.
I just happened to have this picture on my computer, my Opa (grandfather) had sent it to me by email a number of months ago! Back to the picture, here I am holding my cousin and my two brothers are sitting on either side of me. As you can see from the picture, I loved and adored babies and still do! My Aunt always said I would make a good mommy. Whenever we were visiting with my Uncle and Aunt, you can be sure I was holding my cousin, or taking baby for a walk in his stroller.
In this home, the well went dry so we lived many years without running water in the house and having to use an outhouse. Thinking back, I now admire my mom for way we lived, I’m not sure I would have been so brave, she never complained, but just took life as it came. My brothers and I would haul water up from the creek for the animals. Our drinking water we brought in by the pailful. We brought pails with us everywhere we went and would fill them up. We did laundry at the local laundromat or when we did have a bit of water, we used a Hoover washing machine and before that we used a wringer washing machine.
I have many warm memories from my childhood, but how different that would have been if my parents had not been accepting of how things were. Of course, my parents tried to have a welled drilled a number of times, but water was not found. That area is known for the lack of water and poor wells. Just a year or two before we moved from there, (we lived there for 13 yrs) we ended up having a well bored, so that at least we could have water trucked in and live "normally", or should I rather say, enjoy the simple pleasure of having running water in the house again. It sure felt like luxury when we could have a shower, even if we had to be quick!