I happen to be 63 so she is a much older sister. And I remind her of that every chance I get.
Carol is the sister with whom I made mud pies and with whom I shared a room when we were growing up.
She was always petite and small-boned while I was the big, strapping girl. I was taller and heavier as far back as I can remember. As younger sisters often do, I annoyed her greatly. We would get into physical scrapes. My mom told me more than once that I had to be careful with Carol. I was so much bigger than she was and I could really hurt her. Couldn’t my mom see that Carol was like a bantam rooster, fierce, stubborn and relentless? And that she had the upper hand in almost every dispute?
Growing up with seven brothers and sisters was always interesting, sometimes enjoyable, and often aggravating. We had tiffs and spats but also managed to play very well together frequently. I did not appreciate it at the time, but I realize that we were blessed to grow up in that environment. There were plenty of chores around the house and the dairy farm to keep us busy but we did find time for fun.
Sometimes all eight of us kids would play touch football, softball and wiffle ball with 4 person teams, but mostly the older boys didn’t want to play with us little kids.
We four or five youngest kids entertained ourselves in many imaginative ways. The family moved when I was in first grade and our new farm offered new opportunities. The entire farm was our playground. We had an old quonset hut on the farm that mom had outfitted as a playhouse. It contained old pots and pans, dishes, and empty boxes of cereals and other food items, games, books and a variety of old furniture. We had dogs and cats, all of which were outside animals. My brother had a rabbit named Snowball.
Dairy farmers used powdery lime on barn alleys to absorb liquid, neutralize odors and prevent slipping. The powdered calcium carbonate was delivered by the truck load to the farm. We had a small outbuilding dubbed the lime shed used for storing the barn lime. Wheelbarrow loads would be hauled to the barn and kept in an old barrel for immediate use. But the large pile of lime in the lime shed was a play area for my little brothers and me. During hot summer days the lime remained cool. We could spend entire afternoons out of the sun in the coolness of the shed. We were road builders. We used my brothers’ Tonka trucks and various materials from around the farm like small sections of concrete drainage pipe, concrete blocks and bricks and built quite elaborate road systems in the lime. Were these roads precursors to the super highway system?
Anais Nin is an author who began journaling at age 11 and kept it up for 60 years. Her best known works are her diaries, many of which have been published. This particular quote points out that our perceptions our filtered by our life experiences and who we are as people. Some people see beauty in almost everything, which is really a reflection of who they are.
Beautiful young people are accidents of nature. Beautiful old people are works of art.
Marjorie Barstow Greenbie, Be YourAge, 1913
This quote is often attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt. However, concerning this quote Eleanor Roosevelt’s grandson David Roosevelt says, “Although erroneously attributed to Grandmère, it offers what might well have been her insight on friendship and her unique approach to life.”
Marjorie Barstow Greenbie was a writer, historian, and feminist who lived from 1891 to 1976. Her books include Be Your Age from which this quote was taken; My Dear Lady: Anna Ella Carroll and Abraham Lincoln, a Biography;PersonalityAnd the Diverse Methods by Which Some Men, and Here and There a Woman, Have Achieved It; and The Meaning of Leisure.
I am going to participate in a blogging event called Words Crush Wednesday hosted by the terrific blog Rebirth of Lisa. In my short life of blogging I have already posted a few quotes and there are so many more to share. This event will encourage me to keep posting those quotes. My first weekly quote:
Finding the Fountain of Youth
“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” –Sophia Loren
Good Woman says, “Amen, Sister”. In the spirit of being a contented senior, this quote rings true.
Making My Home A Haven is important to me. Sharing homemaking skills. Recipes and food. Bible Studies. This is a treasure chest of goodies. So take a seat. Have a glass of tea and enjoy. You will learn all about who I am.