Monday, January 18, 2016

It's Been A Long Time~But Here Goes

Curiosity caused me to take a look and I was shocked to see the last entry I posted was August 2014. Where has the time gone? 

I recently celebrated a was another big one. Funny how they keep getting bigger. One of the people who sent me a 'happy birthday' wish on Facebook commented, "Next year you'll be a diamond Linda.'  So there you have it. Yes, I was 74.  74!!!! It's hard to believe. It seems like only yesterday I was a kid, going to school, helping out on our mini farm each day. Maybe I've lost track of all those years because I still live in the same town I was born in (in fact I retired from the same hospital where my mom was a R.N. before she had me there), where I grew up and where many of my friends still reside.   The first house my folks bought after my dad returned from WWII is exactly 2.4 miles from where I live now. After I finished 4th grade they bought 10 acres with an old house on it.  There they built a new house and that's where I played and left for school each day until I graduated from high school. The 'farm' is exactly 4.5 miles from where I live now. So you can see, I haven't gotten very far in my 74 years. (So to speak)

I've loved living in the same area..I always run into people I know ~ from school, places I've worked, people I've know from the couple different churches I've attended and I feel sorry for those who grew up here but circumstances have taken them off to another town, another state, even another country. Many of them wish they could come home...home to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. 

One of the sad things about living in you home town is all the changes over the years. I remember when I was in high school, a BIG adventure was going 'downtown.' Now living in the country it wasn't always easy. There was a bus but it went into town twice a day and came back twice a day. And if you missed it coming home , well it wasn't good. But usually one of us had a mom or dad who would take us 3 miles to one of Tacoma's main streets where we could catch a city bus. Then off to town we'd go. Downtown Tacoma was magical back in the late 1950's. There were the usual big department stores (Sears and J.C.Penneys) and we also had a great store called People's Store and then Rhodes Brothers Store. I remember being able to get a pair of really neat shoes at Leeds for $5 and then of course there was Woolworth's, Payless and S.H. Kress. I remember one time several of us were in the Kress store and I opened a bottle of Blue Waltz perfume and it spilled and the whole store reeked of that sickening, sweet smell.  We laughed all the way to the lunch counter at Woolworth's where we had our BLT's and Cherry Sodas. 

Now there's no more downtown, no more Woolworth's, no more S.H. Kress, no more Peoples store and no more Rhodes Bros.  I'm so grateful I grew up when I did, I was born January 4, 1942 and I graduated from high school in June 1960.   Those were truly magical years. My hometown has changed so much. I feel sorry for the kids growing up the last 40 years...they have missed some great adventures.  

Each day God gives me is a blessing.  Another day to be in contact with family and friends. And another day to see the additional changes my hometown is making.  


Jeanie said...

It is sad to look back and notice such big changes. Where I grew up as a child it no longer exists at all. Neighbours and friends were scattered far and wide in the 'Clearances' of the Glasgow slums. It made for better living, but broke up 'villages in the sky' our so called tenement buildings.
I hope you had a wonderful birthday. Here's to your 75.

ADB said...

I have a similar experience, Linda. When I went back to my home town over Xmas and New Year, the houses were the same, but the people all different. I'm getting old too.

salemslot9 said...

sometimes we grumble
about getting older
but, I'm glad
we were born
back then...

Jimmy's Journal said...

I enjoy my yesterdays and the memories they bring. Life seemed much more simple back then.

Nice to see you post anew!


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I too grew up in the same town that I was born in and I still live here. I remember the downtown and all it had to offer. Ours is a thing of the past too. Shopping malls took over and now even some of them are a thing of the past too. Like you I have some wonderful memories. So nice to see your post today ! Happy Birthday!

mtrib2 said...

Enjoyable reading Linda, and Happy Birthday. I am formerly an AOL Journals person. Grew up in Joliet, IL. during the 50's and 60's, with memories of going downtown to a world of great interest. Mark and my dog Salty