Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Fresh, Hot Meme

Jules at Everyday Mommy was getting creative and created this meme to get to know us better. And she "taggeth" me. How fun! Although I'm going to say that the memories that I list are not necessarily the only fave memories of that person. There are so many. How do you choose so I'm basically going to put the first one that comes immediately to mind. So here goes:

1. Favorite memory of your mother: The one that comes to mind right now because of the fall season is my mother working in the kitchen canning all sorts of yummy things for her family. She used to do pickles, beets, cherries, pears and peaches. They were all so good. I can see her in my memory over the big canning pot, steam rising, sweat coming off her forehead. Canning season around here still meant hot weather outside. And the produce does not wait for a cool day. You had to do it when it was ready to go. I can see all the jars, sitting upside down on a kitchen towel, lined up in neat rows on the counter top. All the lovely colors of the particular thing being canned that day! And oh, how my mouth would drool. I'd be asking to open a jar right away and she'd always laugh and remind me that they had to sit for awhile. This memory always speaks to me of my mom's love for her family and doing her best for us even when it meant hard work for her.

2. Favorite memory of my dad: One of my favorite memories of my dad is of him starting the neighborhood water fights. How he giggled as he got a poor, unsuspecting neighbor across the fence with a good dose of water from the hose. I've talked of that one before so I'm going to name another one of my Dad. One of my other favorite memories of my Dad is having lunch with him in the hotel resteraunt where his barbershop was located. My elementary school was about 4 blocks away from his shop and I'd walk there many a lunch hour. If he didn't have a customer he'd always join me very often buying me french fries. It was here he introduced me to having gravy on my fries, something I still love today! We'd chat and just share the lunch break together. If he had customers, I eat and read in the resteraunt and then go watch him as he cut hair.

3. Favorite memory of your sibling(s): One of my favorite memories of my sister is when we went to Hungary when I was 10 and she was 8. My mom bought us a few outfits that matched. My dad was stopped quite often on the streets in Budapest and asked if we were twins. I remember snuggling up with her in the big bed in my Grandma's house. I remember at my aunt's tiny house in a tiny village, playing with the bunny rabbits with her. She loved those bunnies but they always pee-ed on her. I remember how whatever relative was taking us out for the day, we'd talked them into getting us soft ice cream. You could buy that all over in Budapest and they had soft chocolate, too! But my sister's somehow quite often ended up falling off her cone onto the sidewalk after just a few licks. And how she'd cry. I remember going to the big amusement park with her and going on rides. It was a wonderful time for us. I believe it was a gift from the Lord for in our teenage years we grew apart. Our different personalities drove us in different directions for many a year. Now she is also a Christian, and God has brought us back together and she is one of my best friends. But those memories from Hungary are ones I'll always love.

4. What one skill would you like to wake up tomorrow and be able to do (though you'd never learned it): I have always wanted to just sit down at the piano and play beautifully. Everytime I hear a beautiful worship song played, or listen to Yanni or Giovanni I just want to be able to play like that. Now. Not years from now. Like now.

5. Which one of your dreams has come true: Well, first off, I'm glad my grade 5 dream of becoming a nun did not come true! :v) And that's so that my dream of a husband and kids could come true. My dream of working with handicapped people came true, and my dream of going to Hawaii came true. Oh only one you wanted, Jules? Ya, well, you know I have trouble listing only the amount asked for. :v)

And Laura, Shalee, Laurel, and Sandra consider yourself "taggethed". (If you want to play).


Anonymous said...

Ok I will play, just give me a day to get it written =)))) cool.

Anonymous said...

Oh I'll definitely play, this is great :)
Thank you for tagging me :)

Have a beautiful day Susanne :)

Shalee said...

I love the one about your dad, Susanne. That is just sweet, through and through.

Chili tagged me with it, so I've started it. I'll definitely be playing along.

Everyday Mommy said...

Susanne, that was one of the most beautiful things you've ever written. I loved the picture you described of the canning jars upside down on the kitchen towel. A vivid memory for sure. Well done!

Pretty Lady said...

I will like to play any instrument but the piano would be my dream. You are so lucky. All of your dreams have come true. I am glad you are not a nun because you were to be a mommy and wife and a friend for us.

Heather Smith said...

Great memories there, Susanne! And I'm with you on the piano thing. I'd love to be able to just sit down and play. My brother got all that talent!

Anonymous said...

Hi Susanne! I giggled at the icecream falling off the cone - always happened to me too followed by wide-mouthed crying...lol. Loved reading your memories :o)

Anonymous said...

Loved this and glad you have shared this with us,

Anonymous said...

I loved the memory of your mother. :) Thanks for sharing.

Barb said...

What great memories these are. I can almost feel the heat in the kitchen when your mom was doing all that canning. Canned pears are something I haven't had in years.

And I had to laugh at your 5th grade dream. My dream was the same at about the same age. Then someone started the rumor that nuns shaved their heads which is ridiculous of course but I believed it and decided I'd rather dream of being a wife and married.

Addie said...

I loved reading these good memories Susanne! The canning memory reminded me of my mom. Very nice. :-)

Anonymous said...

Did mine =))