They weren't dreams (Blogger Chicks Carnival #6)

I was reading Notes from the trenches as she commented on the continuing, but probably unintended, cruelty of peoples remarks about her large family.

I found myself dreaming back to many years ago and what I experienced as the youngest of eight.

I didn't know we were poor.

I thought people stared at us 'cuz we were so good looking.

My sisters and I sang when we did dishes. There were loads - and we were the closest thing to automation in the house. Mom activated us by pointing her ‘don’t start with me” finger.

I shared a bed with my just older sis until I was eight. Even after that, there was always someone to crawl in bed with when I had a nightmare. My sis tells me I was the nightmare when she woke up in my occasional accident. (Sorry, sis.)

My two oldest brothers picked me up and threw me back and forth between them when they got home from school. It never occurred to me that my friends never had the pleasure of being a wiffle ball.

We ALWAYS sat around our old wooden table as a family. Our food was simple, but Mom did her best with what the garden produced and what she canned and preserved. We all shared in the weeding and harvesting. In the summer months, Mom kept us busy husking corn, shelling peas, and snapping beans.

Dad would be up at 4 a.m., light a fire, put a pot of cereal on to cook, and head down the hill to start milking. Now when I smell a 'just lit' match it reminds me how I would wake up just a little, take a sniff, and then snuggle down in my blanket. I knew the house would be cozy by the time I crawled out of bed several hours later. (I also remember the rubbery cream-of-wheat that would be waiting for me when I arrived at my breakfast bowl. Argh!)

We walked to school every day. I was never alone until I was the last one in elementary school.

Mom's hands were so rough from her hard life that she had to use gloves to pull on her nylons before we went to church. But I remember them only as having the softest most tender touch when I needed a hug.

Most peoples dreams consist of wants, wishes, and deepest desires for what may come.

Not mine. My dreams take me back to when I never knew I didn’t have it all.


Shna said…
Reading my way through the BC Carnival!

Excellent post! Those were the days, eh. Love looking back on them :) Thanks for reminding me.
Mama Duck said…
That's so sweet, I love it.
Amanda said…
Good story mom - I wish I would have known your father. Isn't is strange how smells remind you so clearly of a way you felt? I still think I can smell chicken pox. lol
Robin said…
Pamela, Your remembrances were WONDERFUL! And I think your perspective exemplary. Glad you went "this" direction with the dream carnival.

I didn't know Karmyn was your daughter...getting ready to go read your "tag" now.
Karmyn R said…
Nice Memories, mom!!!
Walker said…
Lovely! It wasn't a time so long ago for me, either. They were wiser times.
CyberCelt said…
What a wonderful story. I grew up poor without knowing it. Riches come in many forms. Being free and running wild in the summertime is my idea of rich.
Malissa said…
wonderful post! "poor" is relative kwim?

You were very rich!

Visiting from the BC carnival
Gina said…
Great post! You DID have it all! And those rich memories continue to enrich your life today..and I'm sure your daughters lives as well. What an inheritance!

Thanks for sharing your dreams!
Anonymous said…
sweet. ivy

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