Keeping items from the past or other things that remind me of cherished memories from the past is something I enjoy.
Like this old shovel…
It was used to dig holes for fence posts, planting trees, flowers and digging graves for many beloved dogs, cats, a rabbit, rats, hamsters and guinea pigs. Just to name a few things it holds memories of.
This old tub was used to bathe dogs, catch rain water and to carry things. It also reminds me of the times as a child I bathed in one like this one. The most vivid memory I have is taking a bath in one at my grandparent’s place. Granny would put the tub filled with water in the sun and leave it all day to warm the water. In the early evening we would bathe…all of us in the same water. It did not bother us at all that we used the same water that was just part of life back then.
I miss some parts of the simple way of life and have many wonderful memories that I hold dear. Like the day my mother showed me how to make cucumber dolls with cucumbers and wooden match sticks. The days with my sister making mud pies, playing church, selling candy and watermelons. The days we played with raccoons and baby rabbits that our daddy brought home from the soybean or cotton patch. What fun it was sleeping on a pallet on the floor with my sister and cousins. I still like to sleep on the floor…I just can’t get up from it as easily I did when I was younger.
And those few times my mother would pick up her guitar and sing to us girls. The only song I remember her singing was “Chewing Gum” she did not sing all the verses but we enjoyed those that she did sing. We especially liked the last verse and would laugh when she got to that one.
There are so many things of today that I like and appreciate but I really do miss a lot of what the simple way of life was like. In my opinion the world would be a better place if it were quieter and did not have so many bells, whistles and frills so to speak. We need to breathe cleaner air and hear more sounds of nature something that is not possible to do in most places now days.
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