Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GAME - MEMORY PROJECT DAY 14

(noun)
a form of play or sport, especially a competitive one played according to rules and decided by skill, strength, or luck

I come from a long line of gamblers card players and have spent a lot of time sharing my love of card playing with my children and grandchildren.  I like other games, too, just not as much.

Monday, October 13, 2014

PLAYGROUND - MEMORY PROJECT DAY 13

(noun)
an outdoor area provided for children to play on, 
especially at a school or public park

I attended St. Sylvester's Catholic School in Brentwood, Pennsylvania from second grade until fifth when my dad got mad about something and pulled us out and sent us to public school.  I am pretty certain that whatever he got mad about had something to do with me and a lay teacher.  Pretty sure.  The details remain a bit foggy tonight, but they may come back to me. 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

MOVIE - MEMORY PROJECT DAY 12

(noun)
a story or event recorded by a camera as a set of moving images and shown in a theater or on television

The memories of things that were big deals or special to me as a young girl were things that happened rarely.  That's what made them so memorable.  Sometimes I wonder if this generation of children will look back and deem anything all that special given today's access to everything and their excess in everything. 


When everything is special, nothing is special.

Hmmmm, maybe they will, in fact, deem a home-cooked meal memorable.  Oh, dear.  Back to the topic.

Friday, October 10, 2014

SCHOOL - MEMORY PROJECT DAY 11

(noun)
an institution for educating children

When I was in first grade, I walked ten blocks to school.  Sometimes I would stop off at a friend's house on the way and beckon her to join me--I really mean beckon.   I would stand on the sidewalk outside her house and yell in a singsongy kind of way,  "Calling on Cindy."   I have no idea if this was a Pittsburgh thing or what.  That is how we invited our friends to come outside to play or to walk to school.  Why we did not just knock on the door, again, I have no idea.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

FUN - MEMORY PROJECT DAY 10

(noun)
enjoyment, amusement, lighthearted pleasure

The thing I remember having the most fun doing when I was a very young girl was rollerskating.  In the road, up and down the sidewalks, and in the steep alleyway between the houses, I was pretty adept.  As a matter of fact, I am convinced that I was the best roller skater in the neighborhood.  Truth or not does not really matter since I still feel that I was.  

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

HOLIDAY - MEMORY PROJECT DAY 9

(noun)
a day of festivity or recreation when no work is done

My best childhood holiday memories surround the 4th of July in Brentwood, a suburb of Pittsburgh, where I lived from about age 7 until 14.  

Festivities began early with families gathering their lawn chairs and coolers and laying claim to "their" favorite spots along the route.  No one in my family would ever miss the parade, even my father, who traditionally missed just about every family event.  

To say that this parade was and still is epic is quite the understatement.  Even today, over 40,000 people show up to enjoy it.  That is a lot of people converging on a town with a population of under 10,000.  

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

YUMMY - MEMORY PROJECT DAY 8

(adjective)
delicious

My grandpap had an impressive city garden.  The yards on Eureka Street, where we lived across from my grandparents, were not very big; but he somehow managed to stake claim to a portion of his for his hobby.  My grandmother dedicated the grassy area of the yard, which my gandpap kept trimmed with a hand mower, to the hanging out of laundry.  

Monday, October 06, 2014

COLD - MEMORY PROJECT DAY 7

(adjective)
of or at a low or relatively low temperature, especially 
when compared with the human body


Back when I was in elementary school, girls were not permitted to wear pants to school. On very cold days, elementary-aged girls were permitted to wear pants under their skirts or dresses for the walk to school or for the time standing at the bus stop.  Once at school, though, pants had to be removed.  

Sunday, October 05, 2014

PRANK - MEMORY PROJECT DAY 6


(noun)
a practical joke or a mischievous act

Before I even start this story, I must post a public apology to the neighbors that I tormented in my youth.  Unfortunately, most of them are probably dead and gone--quite possibly having been sent to an early grave by the annoying children in their neighborhood. If they have not already met their maker, they are most certainly octogenarians or nonagenarians who are probably not reading blogs.  I am sorry nonetheless.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

CHURCH - MEMORY PROJECT DAY 5

(noun)
a building used for public Christian worship


I grew up in a Catholic home in a predominately Catholic community.  When I was young, we attended a beautiful old church with stained glass windows, ornate ceilings, statues, marble floors, incense, lots of candles, hard seats, and kneelers.  I had little to no appreciation for those things at the time.  

Friday, October 03, 2014

PRETEND - MEMORY PROJECT DAY 4


(verb)
speak and act so as to make it appear that 
something is the case when in fact it is not

Apparently, a lot of my memories go back to my Catholic upbringing.  It does seem a little odd since neither one of my parents went to church with any regularity.  Actually, the only thing my dad did do with regularity where church was concerned was to drop the rest of his family off at St. George's on his way to the French Club.  The French Club was a place where he could drink with his buddies--on Sunday.  He may also have been a bartender there.  I am pretty sure he was a bartender there.  And he was not French.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

BOOK - MEMORY PROJECT DAY 3

(noun)
a written or printed work consisting of pages glued
or sewn together along one side and bound in covers

I have always loved to read, but did not grow up in a home with books.  We had encyclopedias for some strange reason, but that is all.  Frequently, even as a young child, I would walk a couple of miles to our local library and return home with a handful of mysteries, my favorite genre.   

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

ANTICIPATE - MEMORY PROJECT DAY 2

(verb) 
to look ahead with pleasure
to look forward to something

The thing I looked forward to the most when I was a child was going to school the day after getting new shoes or a new outfit.  Getting new shoes or a new outfit was a big deal back in  the 60's.  It is something that happened maybe two or three times a year, usually coinciding with a birthday, the start of school, or Christmas.  And occasionally, it happened when a neighbor delivered a bag of hand-me-downs.  I would actually go to bed early in hopes of getting to the tomorrow more quickly.