Monday, October 23, 2006

moday morning question

                  

What Fall memory from your childhood stands out most pronounced in your mind?

My answer:  My brothers and sisters and I raking leaves and singing slave songs.  Why slave songs you ask?  Well, we had almost two acres of lawn, and we thought that was a lot, and we felt overwhelmed (okay, we were lazy!).  At the time, we thought our parents were mean to make us rake all those leaves, and we felt like we were so put upon, that we sang those slave songs we learned in school.  Now that I am thinking about it, why did a bunch of children of caucasion European descent learn slave songs anyway?  Was that supposed to help us treat people of color better?  I just remember the teachers saying, "ok class, we are going to learn something about culture, let's sing slave songs".  It was kind of crazy.  So somehow we thought we could relate while we were raking leaves, and we would sing slave songs.  Now, that's just downright crazy...

So how about you?  What is your childhood Fall memory?

27 comments:

  1. dad never believed in raking leaves. He said it would cover the ground and protect the grass during the winter. Every spring our grass was greener and greener. He was right. Good thing cause I would hate raking leaves.

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  2. hmmmm, don't really know, except it was a season where we drove around collecting firewood for the winter, to burn in the woodstove and cooking stove. Have a good day. (((((hugs))))))))
    Cindy

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  3. When we'd go visit my grandparents in W.VA. we'd always sing Over the River and Through the Woods to Grandmother's House we go...long drive there, but beautiful country.  'On Ya' - ma

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  4. hugsdoodlewacky10/23/2006 8:19 AM

    (((((((((((((((((((HUGSTOYOU)))))))))))))))))))))I can remember a time were us kids would go see my Grandma,I always loved going up there,but during the fall,me and my brother would go picking pine cones all the time.I loved it.Dont know why would be picking them,but that is my child hood fall memory.HAve a great week.

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  5. Hmmm....I can't think of a fall memory that really stands out.  Congrats on your nomination!  I read a few of your posts and I'm so sorry to hear about John's illness.  I'll be praying for him.  I put ya on alerts.  Thanx for stopping by my journal.  :)
    Dana
    http://journals.aol.com/rainy35/RoadToSucces

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  6. I don't think one memory stands out, but I always loved the cooling down of the weather and the changing of the leaves and the nice smell of the air.  We sang slave songs???  LOL  Love ya, hon! xox
    http://journals.aol.com/valphish/ThereisaSeason

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  7. littlelady169910/23/2006 9:11 AM

    m..My sister & brother playing in the leaves ........not knowing I was under the pile of leaves......... sat down right on top of me , I could not breathe I had to buck them off .
    also, my mom would always cook pies and I loved the smell that the house had afterwards.

    patty

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  8. My school was in the forest, and had many a happy hour in the leaves on the slopes of that hill...

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  9. Fall makes me think of starting school.. often a new school (we moved around alot).  The butterflies in my stomic, the hope that what I was wearing was fashionable, that I had done well picking the new outfit out and my hair and make-up were just right.. fumbling with new locker combonations, the slight chill in the air and the smell of burning leaves.

    Much Love,
    Mary

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  10. Raking leaves at my grandparents & then jumping in the piles before they were burnt-that is the best smell to me still 25 years later. A warm fire in the fireplace, making smores, playing checkers by the firelight.
    michele
    glensfork4@aol.com
    http://journals.aol.com/glensfork4/these-are-my-thoughts/

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  11. this is sad but i do not remember anything.
    i hope you had a great weekend.  i hope john is doing well
    take care
    noelle

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  12. I  think of the times my sister and I were raking leaves for money. We loved it! We'd rake yards till we had enough money to go to the movies or buy makeup, or some little treat we wanted.
    Barb- http://journals.aol.com/barbpinion/HEYLETSTALK

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  13. Hmm... my mom would always rake all the leaves into a huge pile behind our fence, and my brother and I would roll down the hill into them. lol

    Morgan
    xxxx
    http://journals.aol.com/Sneezy7125/RandomThoughts

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  14. princesssaurora10/23/2006 4:57 PM

    LOL  My memory is getting married on the perfect November fall day!!!

    be well,
    Dawn

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  15. just jumping in a giant leave pile over and over and shoving leaves down each others backs

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  16. jlocorriere0510/23/2006 7:08 PM

    Welcome back to the Monday morning question thingy Krissy! My memory is of colllecting beech nuts from the giant beech trees on my way home from school! Jeannette xx  

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  17. midwestvintage10/23/2006 7:20 PM

     My memory is also of getting married in Nov and going camping!  Loved your story about the slave songs.   Sounds just like schools logic.

                            Julie

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  18. nightmaremom10/23/2006 8:11 PM

    Definitely has to be making chili sauce outside in the back patio.  Wearing swimming goggles as we chopped onions.  No it didn't stop us from tearing up.  LOL
    hugs
    d
    http://journals.aol.com/nightmaremom/Thisandthatandhockey/

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  19. My very favorite fall memory is somebody (Not me, I don't think I did the work)  raking all the leaves from our beautiful huge back yard with lots of trees, into a pile under the gunny sack swing.  Then, we climbed up the tree, and swung on the gunny sack swing, dropping into the leaves!  All my friends gathered at my house, my yard and we always had the best times!  Merry

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  20. Welcome back!!  And congrats on the nom!

    The one fall memory that stands out is the one year, when me and some friends were trick-or-treating IN THE SNOW.  Snow on Halloween.  Yeah, that would stand out...lol.

    Annie =)
    journals.aol.com/krspkrmmom/nooneshome

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  21. I remember always raking the leaves and jumping in them and doing it over and over again.

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  22. promiseluv37210/24/2006 12:40 AM

    Hey Krissy darling!  First thanks for the postcard it was beautiful! I wasn't up to getting one for you but I am now so you'll be getting one soon.

    I'm back!

    I think the fall memory that stands out the most for me was being "taught" how to ride a bike, it was cold but no snow yet, sort of slush.  What a time for my brother's to teach me to ride.  They got sick of it and finally and pushed me down our neighbor's driveway that went straight down into a busy street.... They figured I learn out of fear... nope not me, I did learn how to fall down quickly!!  Yep I had mean brothers, but if anyone else picked on me they were my defenders!

    Love ya,
    Promise

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  23. Krissy~ Mine is raking the highest pile of leaves possible with my brother and then taking turns diving into them! ;-) Deb

    http://journals.aol.com/sassydee50/SassysWORD

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  24. springangel23510/24/2006 11:39 AM

    Spending time with my Dad...having him pile the leaves up in the front or back yard and me jumping in the middle of them.  I can still remember the smell of the leaves...and the softness.  Him also, saying...now he has to pile them all back up again...Lol...hugs and love,
    Joyce

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  25. Funny memory!  Jae

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  26. LOL....I can just picture you all out there raking leaves and singing slave songs.
                                                              Love MYke

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  27. I vaguely recall the slave songs Krissy. I do remember being the laziest bunch of kids who thought it was so horrid to clean or do anything around the house or yard. We so seldom helped out that when we did it was a big deal and we resented it. The worst being doing the dishes for eight hungry people... now that is the worst fall memory. Ok for me it was a crisp slightly cold night. I was sixteen and wearing a blue sweater and getting ready to go to a football game... I recalled the smell in the air. It was a mixture of fall smells but most definately of peoples fire places. I was so happy and like many years it was the hope of a new year and a new life somehow. Every fall started out well for me in my mind just about as a kid. I promised myself this would be the year. I would get good grades, I would have a boyfriend, I would make lots of pals. lol

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