Thursday, 15 May 2014
Five more things about me
I have enjoyed sharing little snippets about me with you these past couple of weeks, so thought today I would do another five things about me post. I suppose eventually I will run out of things to share, but until then, here's another five things about me . . .
I love Barbie Dolls. I have been in love with them since I was a little girl. I always only had a Barbie. I didn't have Skipper or Midge or Ken or any of the others, only Barbie. I saved up to buy my very own Barbie Doll with the money I earned cleaning those telephone booths I told you about in an earlier post. She was this one here, the brunette bubble hairdo one. Oh, how I loved her. I remember buying her on a trip into Winnipeg city with my parents. We went to Polo Park and I bought her and a couple of outfits for her to wear. I also had a black patent leather case to hold her and all of her clothes, which I collected through the years. I never had a Barbie house or a Car for her, or anything else. Instead I used to pretend to make houses, etc with cardboard boxes and cutout furniture from old catalogues. My brother got a GI Joe for Christmas one year along with a jeep. GI Joe was Barbie sized in those days. My sister and I used to borrow him and his jeep so that our Barbies could have a boyfriend.
I often see photos of these really glamorous looking Barbies. Are they for real? Or is this an ap where you can "Barbie" people? I really want to know.
I have a thing about red shoes. I have always wanted a pair of red shoes. One day I am going to get some, but it would be highly impractical for me to get any at the moment because I don't have anything that I could wear with them. I have never had any more than a couple of pairs of shoes at a time. Right now I have a pair of black ones that I wear to church (black goes with everything), a very old pair of brown flats that I am wearing out (last time it rained they leaked) and a pair of trainers. The flats are "easy b" which I bought about 8 years ago when I was working down south. They were very expensive at the time, but I was having a real problem with plantar fasciatis and because I worked standing on my feet the whole time I needed a good pair of shoes. These helped to relieve it and I have been wearing them ever since. I have tried to source a place nearby where I can get another pair, but to no avail. I know I could get some online, but I can't tell what size the ones I have are any more. It's worn off. Sigh . . . I doubt I could afford a pair now any ways.
When I was a girl I wanted to take tap dancing or ballet lessons. My parents couldn't afford to send me to dance lessons and so it remained just a dream. My mother had a book in the bookcase, The Berlitz School of Dance book. On it's pages were drawings of a variety of dance steps. I can remember trying to teach myself to tap dance from those drawings. Heel . . . toe . . . tap . . . heel . . . toe . . . tap! I never mastered it of course, but I had many countless hours of pleasure trying. I used to love watching Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance. I would close my eyes sometimes and pretend I was them and just dance. Sometimes I still do. There is something about listening to nice music and moving the body to it's rhythm which is very soul enriching.
One of my favourite books when I was growing up was Pippi Longstocking. At school each month we would have an opportunity to buy books through the Scholastic Book Services. This is one that I bought and I must have read it a bazillion times! I loved Pippi! She was brave and funny and independent, and she had glorious adventures. She had a horse and a pet monkey and no grown-ups around to tell her what to do. Looking back on it now I think she must have been a rather lonely little girl. I think I would have missed my family, truth be told, and I'm sure pet monkey's are not all they are cracked up to be!
This was my first "crush." Yep, that's Wally Cleaver folks. I thought he was the cutest, most handsome boy ever and I was all moony eyed over him, or as moony eyed as you can be at five years old. I never saw a television until I was five. We had come back from Germany, and were staying with my maternal Grandparents in Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia while my father found a place for us to live in Gimli, Manitoba. We were at my grandparents for about six months. My brother was born while we were there. They had a television. One of the first shows I saw on it was "Leave It To Beaver." I loved it! My Aunt Freda used to play Leave It To Beaver with me. She was always Wally and I was always the Beave. Thinking back on it now, my Aunt Freda was ever so kind to me. She had a little boy already, my cousin Danny, and was married, but still had lots of time to spend with me. I can remember she had a beautiful big fashion doll that my Uncle Harold had bought for her. It was in their bedroom and I can remember looking through the keyhole at it and longing for it. I spent hours doing that. I really coveted it. It was a brunette and was probably about 2 feet tall, and wearing a pretty blue dress with a crinoline and high heels. When we finally left to go out west with my dad, she gave me that doll to take with me. She passed away 7 or 8 years ago now at the end of this month. I miss her still. She was more than an Aunt to me. She was always my friend. I could tell her anything. I loved her with all of my heart.
And there you have it, another five things about me.
A thought to carry with you through today . . .
"There is great joy found in falling in love with the ordinary.
Old cups, sparrows, shaved ham between tender slices of soft white bread,
ants walking across the pavement,
the morning dew clinging to blades of grass . . .
if you can love the ordinary, your life will always be bliss."
Cooking in The English Kitchen today . . . Naan Bread Pizzas! Seriously simple and tasty too!
Happy Thursday!! Hope your day is as special as you are!
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