If You Remember These…You Might Be Old

What was the one toy that a friend had that you wished you had when you were little? I’m breaking this out again just before Christmas because the old is new again! I can’t believe all the “old” toys that are coming back. I am (of course) a child of the eighties, and these were Read More

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#NaBloPoMo – Childhood Attachments

Do you have a “thing” from your childhood that you were overly attached to and wanted to pass down to your children? I had two. Both of them from my Great Grandfather who was a soldier in World War I. The first was a medal he received for his service. It was a hard war. Read More

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What I Want to Be When I Grow Up

What did you think was the coolest job in the world when you were younger?  Do you still feel that way now? I guess, really, that depends on how you define “younger”.  My first Hallowe’en costume, I dressed up as an old lady (ok…technically, my parents dressed me as an old lady).  I don’t know Read More

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Happy Hallowe’en!

Live by Surprise is preparing for a Hallowe’en and then a month of posting for #NaBloPoMo! Enjoy my Hallowe’en Haiku! I’m no stranger to Hallowe’en. Last year I wrote a post about the complications of celebrating Hallowe’en after divorce. I had a Hallowe’en #AAF with Tamara Klein Bowman (whose family is even more into the Read More

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The Grandmother Diaries: I Opened the Box

I finally jumped into Pandora’s box. I pulled out a handful of Gran’s journals today. I’m starting with 1987 – as it seems to be the earliest I found. Just the first page brings back memories. It’s yellow, curled a little and smells faintly of cigarettes. She lists the times of her favorite TV shows Read More

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Pandora’s Box

In my basement, there is a box filled with a mystery.  It’s one I haven’t been able to examine in any great detail. Actually, it’s not hampered by my ability.  I haven’t been willing to open the box.  I had a quick peek when it came into my possession.  At the time, I was already Read More

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Childhood Memories of Hallowe’en and Other Things

When I was young, my mother didn’t work. Until we went to school, she stayed at home with us, and took care of neighborhood children during the day. There were two children who lived about a block away. The eldest was three years younger than me, and the youngest six. Both boys, Marcus* and Lyle*. Read More

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