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As a preschooler I remember a song with the chorus something like this: ‘Oh! Playmate, Playmate, Won’t you come play with me. My dolly has the flue, boohoo, hoo, hoo, hoo, hoo. Look down my rain barrel, slide down my cellar door. Then, we’ll be jolly friends, forever more!’

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Fathers come in various sizes: tall, husky, short, thin, large boned. They come with blond hair, black hair, brown hair, curly, and straight. They are the quiet type, others never sit still!

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Years ago while I was still living at home and about 10 years old we had quite a rainy season. It rained every day, for weeks, soaking the ground, flooding lakes, ponds, creeks and basements. When we thought that Heaven had run dry, we had even more!

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One extremely, bitterly, cold Valentine’s Day, Tiny, the Spitz/Terror family dog gave birth to pups. Mother went to the birthing place to check on the new family, and found the runt of the bunch was dead. But, Mother being the farm girl she was, brought the pup into the house, warmed up the …

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Recently I awakened not knowing where I was. No liquid refreshments before bedtime! I nudged Hubby. He grunted. “Honey, where are we?”

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Hubby, family and I were living in extreme Western Nebraska and my folks were living in extreme Eastern Kansas, when we received a phone call from my parents. “Donna, can you please come home, your Grandmother passed away last night and my instructors at college won’t let me miss any of my n…

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A friend called recently and in the conversation she mentioned as a child she had a pet pig. But I should start at the beginning: she was raised on a farm. Farm children have a tendency to have unusual pet. By the same token some unusual farm animals become such pets, they follow their “mast…

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God, why couldn’t you make me a half inch taller, give me brown eyes, black hair and olive complexion?

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“Caaalll for Phiiilllip Moooorrriiis!” I would hear several times each day, as a small child listening to the radio. This call was followed by music that had a rocking chair rhythm to it. For many years, I visualized being on a ferris wheel that had stopped on the very top and I would experi…

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I clearly remember all the excitement of May baskets. It would be anticipated about as much Christmas and birthdays. And I believe Mother was the instigator of the excitement.

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I loved visiting my paternal grandmother and because she lived just a stone’s throw from our home, I went to visit Grandma often. We’d have great chit-chats and I enjoyed hearing about my ancestor and about when my father was a child. Sometimes I’d be there when Grandma was combing her hair …

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While living in Wyoming I became involved in snowmobiling and racing, but only as an observer. Patty and I became friends and her husband, Charlie, was a snowmobile racer. Since I had been writing for the local newspaper I was also going as a reporter.

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Hubby is the type of person who enjoyed doing Christmas shopping when everyone else is doing their last minute shopping!

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My neighbor friend came over recently, carrying a casserole she wanted to share with Hubby and me. I was quite surprised, but since I had my hands in the mist of some yeast bread I was kneading, I asked her to just place it in the fridge for now.

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“Kaaate,” I wailed when the receiver was picked up on the other end. “Tell me how to….” And so I would whine out my tale of woe.