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Memory Lane and Wishes

Recently my mother was hospitalized for a few days. She is better now, but it made me wish things were different. I wish I could be a married grown-up with children as I am, but that my parents could freeze time and stay the same age forever – forever young, or at least forever middle-aged.

Looking at old family photos takes me back to the 1970s today. Do you write in that time period? As of today, it’s a tricky one. It’s too far back to be contemporary but not far enough back to really be historical. It’s contemporary history. But not impossible to write.

Still, I feel like walking down memory lane today. Do you?

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Tamela – Age 5

When the 1970s opened, I was playing with Barbies.

I still have my Crissy doll.

And I still have my Swingy doll.

The Archies was among my favorite programs.

I loved Josie and the Pussycats. No, not the movie. The cartoon.

My favorite song by The Archies.

The car that meant the most to me that they drove for many years – 8-track tape deck and all — was the 1969 Lincoln Continental Mark III.

Momma loves “Peace in the Valley.”

Daddy’s favorite hymn is “In the Garden.”

Daddy is an audiophile. He was the first (and only) person I know who bought a quadrophonic stereo system.  I liked listening to Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.

They would never miss a Nancy Sinatra special on TV.

Speaking of Nancy Sinatra, if I had $1000 for every time Daddy played the song “These Boots are Made for Walking,” I could buy a mansion.

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Tamela – Age 16

They often played songs from their high school days in the 1950s.

Momma watched American Bandstand and now watches Dancing with the Stars. From American Bandstand, “The Big Bopper.”

We went to see Elvis at the Richmond (VA) Coliseum, when Elvis looked like this. “CC Rider” is one of Daddy’s favorite songs.

I’m so grateful that God gave me parents who love me and have given me so many happy memories. I hope you have enjoyed your time with the Hancocks.

Your turn:

What are your favorite childhood memories?

What was your favorite toy? Song?

Do your memories come into play as you write?

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