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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Oh to be a kid again!!!!!

Yesterday, I gave you a very brief description of life during ginning season. How we played in the cotton wagons, either empty or full... how I would take the cotton samples to my Mother as the scale house... how I drove "Old Blue" into the HUGE Cherry Tree in the front yard only to have my butt hurt much worse than the tree could ever be hurt or the truck for that matter. How Daddy would open the store early, wait for the employees to come in and off to the shoe factory he would go......

Ginning season would usually end sometime in November. So from November to March, it was pretty much free reign around home. Mother was back working in the store, Mamaw and Papaw were vacationing in the mountains, which was always Mamaw's idea to go... or just doing whatever life threw at them. Papaw usually hung around the store.. making sure Mother had everything she needed... he was a jewel of a man.... there aren't many men like Papaw and Daddy that exist in today's world.

I had an older brother, Kim, who was 9 years older than me and 12 years older than my younger brother, Chris. He was our babysitter as we got older... until he went off to college.

It was December... a cold, cold, cold Saturday morning... one of the coldest winters I can remember in Tennessee. My Mother had put a load of cloths in to wash before she left for the store and had given Kim instructions to have them dried and folded before she got back home for lunch. Chris and I were sitting in the living room watching cartoons... on one of the 3 channels we could get when Kim hollers for me to come help him. So, I get up, go into the kitchen where the washing machine was and he says "Hold your arms out, I'll lay the cloths, which were towels, across your arms and you can put them in the dryer." Being 7 years old, I thought.. ok.. no problem.. I can handle this. So, he lays the towels across my arms and when he's finished, he follows me on the back porch, where the dryer is, opens the dryer door and tells me to put in the towels. I bent over to put the towels in the dryer ... WELL....... not ONLY did the towels go in the dryer... SO DID I!!!!!!!!! Yes, you read it right... I went into the dryer with the towels... screaming my head off every inch of the way. Now Chris, being the baby of the family, was so involved in the cartoons that he just totally tuned it out. I cried, screamed and kicked and god knows what else... Kim almost got the dryer door closed... almost... but didn't quiet make it...... FINALLY.... Chris comes out on the back porch and ask me what's wrong... I told him that Kim almost put me in the dryer... Kim and Chris laughed, laughed and laughed... and I CRIED, CRIED and CRIED!!!!

Mother came home a few hours later.... I TOLD HER!

Ummmmmmm.... Kim didn't try to put me in the dryer again!!!!

I can laugh about it today.... Even though Kim is not with us anymore, Chris and I still find the time to laugh at the same old stuff every time we are together. Of course, Mother remembers everything oh so well.......

Yesterday, I told you that I would get some pics of the old gin and house... well... I did, but the cord that I needed to download onto the computer ... I left at home.... so.... pics tomorrow!!! I promise!!!

And I will tell you about the "Big Movie Producer" that was coming to Milledgeville for a casting call for the next "Auntie Jemima"... you know... the waffle syrup folks.


Lee Ann
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Blogger Dana said ... (10/04/2006 7:07 PM) : 

Memories...like the something something of my mind...

Great story Lee!


Blogger Sueann said ... (10/04/2006 7:30 PM) : 

Oh Dixie...how wonderful that you have such good memories of your childhood! I laughed out loud reading this! We both miss our Brothers but trust that we will be with them again one day.
Love you!!!!


Blogger Coco said ... (10/05/2006 1:43 PM) : 

This was awesome fun to read ... it's like a different world to mine. Where you talk about ginning season, I talk about snowfall. But I have a brother like yours ... so I can totally relate.


Anonymous Maryfly said ... (10/05/2006 2:01 PM) : 

loved the story!! too funny! Would love to read more!


Blogger Anndi said ... (10/05/2006 8:04 PM) : 

I don't have siblings, but my best friend growing up had 2 older brothers.. the stuff they put us through.. I still owe the oldest brother for scaring the bejeesus out of us when he put a 'harmless' water snake in the pool while we were IN IT!!!!

I'm still plotting my revenge.. one day.. when he least expects it..


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