Saturday, September 13, 2014

Childhood Revisited - Part I

Hi Friends,

Yup - that's me.   I sure have no idea how old I was, and my mother passed away a few years ago, so I can't ask her.   I'm guessing I'm 3 or 4 maybe.  What is your guess?

Last spring a cousin sent me a brown mailing envelope containing many photos that she thought I'd appreciate having.   This was not one of them, but by and by I'll be sharing them with you.   One of my Mother's sisters passed away a couple of years after my mother, and the cousin was still dispensing of things.  It was so thoughtful of her to give me a folder full of pictures.

I'm having fun reliving my younger years and thought I'd talk about them here because I'm sure many of you can relate.

My mother and I were very poor, and yet I see that picture must have been taken in a photographer's studio.   I know my mother didn't have the money for such, so apparently one of her sister's must have paid for it.   

Most all of my dresses were "hand-me-downs" from a cousin or made for me out of "gunnie sack" or more commonly known as feed sack fabric!  Yes, that's right!  Apparently various feed items would come in those sacks.   Sometimes for animals on the farm.   he he - very stylish!  But they were usually a good cotton fabric and quite often had pretty, dainty flowers printed all over.   However I got a new dress, it was a real treat. I would prance around and feel like a princess! 

Probably most of you are not quite old enough to have had clothing made out of Gunnie Sacks or Feed Sacks.   But I'll bet most of you are familiar with "hand-me-downs."   It was like getting a new dress to me.  

Those were simpler times back then.   Sometimes I miss those carefree days of youth.  ha ha - but then I'd have to grow up all over again.   Nah - guess I'll stay this age.

Until next time,



  1. What a pretty girl you were and you looked so happy in your new dress and shoes. I bet you were three, I would say you were between 3 or 4 years old.

    I can relate to you as we were poor also and I remember my mom made underwear with flour sack. The flour sacks were made of unbleached cotton and she would bleach them and sow underwear for the girls, made pillow cases and tea towels with them. Later on the sack came out with printed flowers on them. We were happy and were glad to get new to us clothing. Nothing went to the dump.

    How thoughtful to give you some old childhood photographs to bring you back down Memory Lane.

    Have a nice weekend remembering the good times in your childhood.

  2. What I notice most about this photo is your bright happy smile. What a cute little girl you were! I would say about 4 perhaps...

  3. Adorable picture. As the youngest of four girls, I had lots of hand me downs.mnever a bunnies sack though....

  4. What a cute photo! I applaud your mom for being such a talented seamstress. I'm sure your rough childhood has made you appreciate every gift in life. That' s why you always have such a positive outlook, Mary!



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