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1mks  (Level: 221.2 - Posts: 5932)
Wed, 11th Mar '09 6:58 AM


I really do have a lot of fun memories (you'd have to have at least a few at my age!) One of my most favorites though was when we were all able to get all the grandchildren together for the first time. Wonderful time had by all. What is your bestest memory?

Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Wed, 11th Mar '09 7:02 AM

Mushy and obvious, but Elsie saying 'Daddy' for the first time. :D

Course now I wish she'd tried a wee bit harder and said 'Mummy' first, usually around 4AM...

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Wed, 11th Mar '09 7:09 AM

None of my very favorites can be posted of course , but when I was a kid, I loved Christmas so much, that I would run a fever every Christmas Eve, just from the excitement and anticipation. Not just for presents, but for the whole tradition.

Surreyman  (Level: 274.8 - Posts: 2776)
Wed, 11th Mar '09 7:21 AM

Family stuff inevitably dominates.
But away from that, standing on the Mount of Olives and seeing Jerusalem for the first time.
Nothing religious about it, just a massive colossal sense of time and history.

Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1139)
Wed, 11th Mar '09 7:38 AM

My favorite memories...Looking at my son's face for the first time, holding him, his first words, his first steps, when he hit a grand slam in ball, his first acting role as Miles Standish in grade school, our first concert together, watching him play guitar and sing in front of an audience, teaching him how to drive...the best memories though, with my son, are the non event times like when he will tell me his secrets, his dreams and disappointments...or when he yells out "Mom!" when I'm in another room. "What?" I respond. And he will say "I love you". My 16 year old did this just last night. Being a mother - is there anything better, more difficult, more stressful and ultimately more rewarding? I think not!

Thanks, Marsha, for starting this thread - I look forward to reading all the other posts.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Wed, 11th Mar '09 7:52 AM

You're so right, Karen! And I have enjoyed a lot of those memories with my son, too. My son is older though, so a few more. I played for his wedding the weekend after 9/11. We couldn't fly, so all our pre-wedding plans were cancelled. The Texas contingent of the wedding left Dallas on Wednesday evening, drove to OKC to pick up singer, east to Nashville to pick up best man, and on to Connecticut barely in time for the rehearsal on Friday evening.

Driving the southern route through New York state, EVERY overpass had people camped out on them, waving flags, with banners saying "God Bless America." All the lighted highway signs had US flags or "God Bless America" spelled out in lights. Every evening candlelight vigils were everywhere. So much pain, but so much pulling together as New York neighbors, friends, and Americans. It was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had.

Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1139)
Wed, 11th Mar '09 7:57 AM

Thanks a lot, Janice. I was already teary - now, forget it! That really is awesome. Thanks for sharing that. I'm glad I don't have any makeup on or I would be looking like Tammy Faye right about now.

Ladyvol  (Level: 213.0 - Posts: 5679)
Wed, 11th Mar '09 8:32 AM

I have so many and most of them involve my boys...there is one though that stands out in my memory from my early childhood. That's watching my mom and dad dance to the Marty Robbins song Don't Worry. They could really two step!....

Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Wed, 11th Mar '09 9:15 AM

I had alcoholic parents, i'm in recovery myself. I don't have too many happy childhood memories, i am the youngest of six which didn't help either. However, i cannot smell Casrol R engine oil without remembering long Sunday's in the Kent countryside watching Grass Track (motorcycle) racing. I find smells are more evocative than sights and sounds. Grass Track was the only thing we ever seemed to do as a family, maybe because my father competed himself.

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Wed, 11th Mar '09 9:45 AM

My parents stuck the 4 of us into the bathtub, on Christmas Eve -- my Dad had hung some jingle bells outside the window and ran a string all through the house --- So when we heard the bells jingle and both are parents where standing right there in the bathroom we TRULY thought Santa had flown over the house!
My youngest son, crawled into my bed at night, whenever he got the chance -- once when he was 4, when I heard him come in, I said "Is that a big mouse crawling into my bed" He said.
"No, it's your little sweetheart"
My heart still gets all melty when I think of this and he is 19!

Jeannette  (Level: 115.1 - Posts: 1734)
Wed, 11th Mar '09 9:57 AM

glad your recovering cleverclogs and sorry that you havnt got many happy memories ,i too remember seeing my children faces for the first time, the joy i felt the ups and downs of them growing the hours with my youngest daughter spent steaming a room up for her shes asthmatic .teaching them games to rollerblade to skip play 2 ball ,hopscotch to ride a bike .there first loves and loss oh the truma of that my stepchildren accepting me .the phone calls just to say i love you mum .i wouldnt change anything because thats whats made me and them who they are today and im very proud of them

Davidf  (Level: 102.1 - Posts: 746)
Wed, 11th Mar '09 10:33 AM

I have lots of great memories, being in Denmark in 1982 is one, I went to legoland and I remember getting a magnet which I thought was amazing as it attracted metal. As a 7 year old I thought it was magic. Getting my degree is a great memory, my parents were very proud of me, I was proud also. Another great memory is being at a friends house in the late 1980s and deciding I wanted to go home, my dad came and took me home, ahh good memories.

Oh and of course there is the time I had my novel published, and the time my Butchers Shop drawing was displayed in the art gallery. Oh and the time I won the school cross country and the time I got the Star Wars Star Destroyer for Christmas. I have lots of great memories.

Oh and the first time I discovered The Beatles, which of course my parents don’t remember because they were there.

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Wed, 11th Mar '09 11:08 AM

I have many great ones. One of them involves Bonnie but I can't go into detail on that one. Since then, all the good memories involve my wife and kids. Too many to list.

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2498)
Wed, 11th Mar '09 11:09 AM

The Hooper triplets.

Lodi  (Level: 107.9 - Posts: 2144)
Wed, 11th Mar '09 11:59 AM

A couple of memories immediately come to mind. Both involve mountains, water, and sunshine. The first is our family camping on the North Fork of the Clearwater River for 11 days. We had the whole river to ourselves practically. The temperatures were hot, the river was clear and cool, and we spent that time swimming and fishing. At one particular point, I was out in the river up to my armpits, fly fishing for cutthroat trout, having taken off by myself like I usually do. The fish hit, he fought hard. The river is so clear that I could see him swimming through the water, flashes of green, silver, and red. When he finally grew tired, I brought him in. He was a beauty, 17 inches, fat, gleaming in the sun. I looked back at my family. Scott was fishing upriver from me and the kids were oblivious to me, trying to catch frogs. I gently unhooked the fish and watched him lazily swim back to his rock. I stood there in the river with the sun shining on my face, smelling the pine trees and water, and thought how perfect that very moment was.

The next involves the lake to which that river flows. As many weekends as we can, we take the boat up and spend all day swimming, fishing, tubing, and water skiing. The temperatures usually go beyond 100 and the water is nice and cool. Last year we camped along the lake for a few days. Its remote enough that you don't run into very many people, but when you camp, you basically have 50 miles of lake to yourself. We played hard in the water & sun all day and we would take moonlight swims at night. I remember sitting on the edge of the lake and pretending hard that this was my back yard.

For me, it just doesn't get any better than that.

Davidf  (Level: 102.1 - Posts: 746)
Wed, 11th Mar '09 12:21 PM

Oh before I forget, April 2005 was a great memory, I was single again, and no longer married to someone who doubted me.

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Wed, 11th Mar '09 7:52 PM

I had one of those.

Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 5:32 AM

Jeannette wrote..."glad your recovering cleverclogs and sorry that you havnt got many happy memories". Thank you, it's been a few years now. I didn't mean to sound that glum, i have loads of happy memories, just not many around my own childhood. I have three grown up kids, and one in particular has supplied me with 24 years of happiness. When she was born she arrived with a shock of red hair....and i do mean "shock" !!! She was a near perfect baby and breezed through schools, including grammar, with flying colours. She declined uni, which did come close to disappointing me, but she has a great career in the hospitality industry----so even that worked out for the best. Today i'm (normally) as a happy as porker in the proverbial.

Achad  (Level: 213.8 - Posts: 661)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 5:47 AM

My big stand out one at the moment is very recent: 24 November last year my daughter, who I never knew existed for 28 years, contacted me. So far we have just exchanged photos and e-mails: it is rather an emotional time for all involved (her adoptive parents, her Mother, me and my partner Ann and Kate herself), but I hope we get to meet up when she is ready to do so! Andy.

Tresgatos  (Level: 217.4 - Posts: 4456)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 5:53 AM

What wonderful news, Andy! I'll be thinking good thoughts for you and your family. I'm sure it will be joyous once your daughter feels ready to meet you.

-- Geri

Achad  (Level: 213.8 - Posts: 661)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 6:00 AM

Hi Geri,

Thanks! It's exciting and scary all at the same time. Learning about Kate's life has been like watching a movie in fast forward, without being able to stop it and watch it properly: there's a lot of catching up to do! Andy.

Oldcougar  (Level: 229.6 - Posts: 1935)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 6:33 AM

How wonderful for you, Andy. Hoping it just keeps getting better

Achad  (Level: 213.8 - Posts: 661)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 6:50 AM

Thanks Randy!

It was good to read that your MRSA has gone. I hope your son gets the appropriate help/treatment.

Lets hope we hear good things from Rowlanda!!!


Linenlady  (Level: 159.1 - Posts: 306)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 7:07 AM

Reading about the magic reminded me of when I must have been quite small and went to a play or musical, apparently, around the holidays. It was at a big brick school in the nearby city and we sat in an auditorium. There were a lot of musical instruments up near the front and some man was waving a wand and.. Lo and Behold!! the curtain rose, all by itself. I was also convinced it was magic. I was enchanted and will remember it forever.

Collioure  (Level: 115.4 - Posts: 9952)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 8:27 AM

That sounds wonderful, Lodi.

(I had to look up Clearwater River - rivers for me now are the Seine, Loire, Rhone and closer by the Tech, Tet and Agly)

And my favorite memory comes from canoeing the gorges of the Ardeche River here in France 25 years ago with my first wife Leslee. We rented a canoe and set off above Charlemagne I and II so we could canoe through the natural bridge. They gave us a plastic garbage can to seal our things, and that should have been a big hint.

Well, Charlemagne I was easy but we were in the drink after Charlemagne II, an "S" rapids. Now Leslee was a little large and not exactly seaworthy if you know what I mean. On the first spill she had lost a baguette from . On the second she lost one of her new chic sneakers, and on the third, her nerve. After that the sun came out and all ended well as we negotiated the rest of the 20 rapids and exited the gorges.

Arriving at a very modest hotel in the back country, Leslee asked for a little ice to soothe her bruises. The owner noted that they used to run rafts down the Ardeche. Leslee asked why they didn't any longer. He responded that too many people had drowned.

After Leslee passed away in 1990, I took my sons on a memorial trip to France and we did the Ardeche.

Lodi  (Level: 107.9 - Posts: 2144)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 9:17 AM

I wonder if that would have been one of Leslee's favorite memories too.

Smaug  (Level: 145.4 - Posts: 2763)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 10:58 AM

When Fonzie jumped the shark.

Lodi  (Level: 107.9 - Posts: 2144)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 11:32 AM

meh. His choice of swim trunks were appalling.

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 11:39 AM

Where you wearing your A@@less chaps?

Smaug  (Level: 145.4 - Posts: 2763)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 12:45 PM

This would be more fun if it was about favorite mammaries.

1mks  (Level: 221.2 - Posts: 5932)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 12:47 PM

You are welcome to start your own thread...........

Sherilynn1962  (Level: 116.6 - Posts: 372)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 3:25 PM

My parents both worked, and my dad was a flight instructor and owned an airplane maintenance/repair shop, so my brother and I spent our summers at the airport - that was great, but the most fun was going up in the planes with my dad - I loved flying!

My other truly favorite memory was when the Thanksgiving feast caused our dining room table to collapse just as we all sat down to eat. Everything went down in one heap. While it was kind of awful then, it sure is a favorite memory now and causes everybody to laugh hysterically when the subject is brought up.

Smeans  (Level: 109.2 - Posts: 301)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 3:41 PM

More school breaks than I can count I would go to my grandma's house and we would go hiking in the woods behind her house. I always carried the backpack and in that backpack would be food and drink for each of us for the day and at the very bottom of the bag, my grandma's pistol and some bullets with bird pellets in them. She insisted that we take it with us in case we ran into a bear or mountain lion or bobcat, All of which were regularly seen around her house as well as the snakes. She insisted that it stay in the backpack unloaded so we wouldn't hurt ourselves. But the whole time I was the time we dig the gun out of the bottom of the backpack, find the bullets, and load the gun we were more than likely to be dead if the animal felt so inclined as to attack us. Plus, seriously, bird shot at a bear.....ROTFLMAO.....that will do nothing but piss them off. But oh I have such fond memories of our hiking adventures. We never saw anything more than deer, rabbits, squirrels and possums but I think part of that was due to her two Australian shepherds that seemed to be herding us in one direction or another at times....especially if we got too close to some of the caves.

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 6:35 PM

Faves for me always include laughter.

For my son's entire life when he'd say "Daddy!", to call my husband, I would always respond back "Call him what you want Alex, but we're not sure he's your real daddy.

So when he was five he replied back to me "Yea, well I'm not sure you're my real mom"...."Why?" I inquired.

"Cause my real mom is way cuter than you"....burst out laughing and gave him a high 5. I know apple/tree.


Koota  (Level: 189.4 - Posts: 2122)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 7:16 PM

I was one of 5 kids and I used to LOVE to bake cookies. I was constantly baking ... mostly trying to use up the oatmeal so we wouldn't have to eat it for breakfast.

I never made less than 7 dozen cookies and my sister and brothers would just devour them hot from the oven. I still love baking for an appreciative audience.

Tresgatos  (Level: 217.4 - Posts: 4456)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 10:07 PM

Awww, that's so sweet, Katy! What a great sister!

-- Geri

Alvandy  (Level: 242.0 - Posts: 7727)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 11:33 PM

Being a soda jerk at a local drug store while going to high school and junior college.
My "wife to be" loved visiting me; thought I was cute and smart [I was a Jeopardy fanatic and always good at trivia].
I was very shy. She invited me to her Christmas party in 1969 with some other friends. I remember the Led Zeppelin album playing ["A Whole Lotta Love"] . We made out to In A Gadda Da Vida [the 17 minute version on the album]. Two of the kids paired off and were on top of the refrigerator necking. Her parents were fairly old then and were upstairs sleeping. They trusted her. I don't recall if there was any alcohol.
A good time was had by all.
[We didn't go all the way for quite awhile if you're wondering ]

The drug store provided very fond memories for sure.
I loved placing a cherry on top of the ice cream sundaes.

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Fri, 13th Mar '09 12:05 AM

Again, nuther fond memory, tonight.

My 15 year anniversary, got flowers from Sam's Club. Vic thought it was 14...

"Aside from that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?".


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