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Growing Up Between Two Villages # 2
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Growing Up Between Two Villages # 2

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The memory of my parents purchasing our first fridge, created a new business for us, we started selling cups. This is actually lemonade being poured in the ice tray. When the product became solid, we sent out the message, and the buyers poured in. This was also a grand time, everybody wanted to enjoy a nice glass of cold water or whatever beverage they had bought from the petty shop.

It was not long afterward, that we got a Television set and the Gas stove followed shortly afterward. While the television was great entertainment, its effect resulted in a slippage in grade points and sleepy eyes in the class room.

Each day, the children watched television until 5:00pm on week days. They could also watch on weekend, when all the children in the neighbour hood would sit where they could find a seat, which also include watching from outside.

School

St. Joseph Catholic was the only school in the village, and children from all adjourning settlement attended. My classroom teacher, name was sister Wilson, if caught misbehaving or talking in class, she would walk up to you, and give you a big pinch, that would redirect your attention.

Games

The games that I played as a youth was Hop Scotch, a game that we drew in the street with a small stone. At its width it had four square boxes, which was about five feet in length, with four single boxes attached to the center of the four boxes and extended the length of the game.

When assembled it looked like the letter T, the game required each participant to have a chip,(this was normally a piece of a broken bottle). Once it was your time to play, you toss the chip in a box, and start jumping , making sure your foot didn't touch any of the lines, and your chip landed in the intended box. If you miss the box or step on the line you are out, and the next person gets a chance to play.

During the early 1960's the store started selling marbles, which was a game that mostly boys played, but some girls were good at it also. The game centered around the principles of being able to knock a group of marbles that were in a circle.

You stood at home plate, which was a line that was about ten feet from the circle. You aimed, cast or rolled your marble into the pack, wishing to knock a few out of the circle. If successful, you continue to shoot until you miss, similar to a game of pool.


Street Talk

O--and lemonade ice cubes! mmmmm....the best..

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  about 1 decade ago

Christopher I beleive i am a master, at making lemonade, on my visit to many hotels and restaurants they never get it right, the problem is either too much lemon and not enough sugar,.

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  about 1 decade ago

I'm the opposite--I used to peel and eat lemons like they were oranges--but even I draw the line at limes..

  
  about 1 decade ago

This is an enjoyable series, Alfred--I'm loving it. And this entry brings up many parallels--my family hosted neighbors for our first TV set also, our games were also played with stones, sticks and other debris (and with an assumption that a crowd of kids would all be out playing --unlike our zombified children of today) . And what seems to be an international experience--strict nuns for schoolteachers--if the media were to dig into nuns as they have priests, I'd bet money on the nuns being as cruel as the priests were creepy! But in the mists of memory, these things seem less painful than they were.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks for your comment, and its nice to hear that you are loving it.

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  about 1 decade ago

Is that a picture of where you grew up?

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  about 1 decade ago

This picture just to give you an idea how the area looked, cannot locate those original pictures.

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  about 1 decade ago

very good, looks like it would be cool

  
  about 1 decade ago
Brandon8  

Childhood games haven't changed much, we played hopscotch and marbles. Although that was before xbox still. About 12 years ago.

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  about 1 decade ago

Dear Brandon8, Nice to know that we shared some things in common. Thanks for your comment.

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  about 1 decade ago

Ah Childhood memories are a precious commodity these days, just by reading your article I'm reminded of my own childhood Thank You and Great Article

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  about 1 decade ago

Dear Jacob, thanks for your comments.

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  about 1 decade ago
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