Welcome to Childhood Memories Friday! Each Friday, I plan to write down a memory or two from my childhood, both because I would enjoy doing it AND my kids love to hear stories from “when you were my age”.
Today’s story is at my daughter Caroline’s request, and I can’t turn her down because she was kind (and computer-savvy) enough to make the neat CMF banner here.
I get a bunny!
When I was little, my sister and I were encouraged to eat vegetables at dinner. We grew a lot of these in our large garden. I’m sure I liked a lot of them, but my memories are more of the ones I didn’t like – specifically, lettuce and tomatoes.
One night, my dad came home and said that anyone who ate their lettuce at dinner would get a surprise. My desire for a treat overcame my dislike of the lettuce, and I choked down every bite.
After dinner, Dad said we could all go outside for the surprise, and since I had been the only one to eat the lettuce, it would be mine.
We went into the backyard and I saw that my surprise was a bunny. A REAL bunny! I was so excited, because bunnies had always been my favorite animal (side story: when I was maybe in kindergarten, I brought a school paper home with one problem incorrect. We were supposed to listen to the teacher and put an X through a certain picture. For the one I missed, I was supposed to put the X through a bunny, and I just couldn’t bear to do that – so I missed the problem rather than desecrate the rabbit!)
At this point, I can’t remember which bunny it was that I got that night (we had several during my childhood), but I’m thinking it was Thumper (other options – Emily Pink, Chanel or Tar Baby). Dad explained that he thought eating lettuce would be a good way to decide who got the rabbit, since rabbits like lettuce. My sister complained that this wasn’t fair. I’m sure she wasn’t expecting such a great treat!
So, you should always eat your vegetables – because you just never know!
Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door. ~Saul Bellow