Retired Not Tired
Click on over and join in!
First of all I can't believe it is November 3rd.......my birthday was October 3rd and it feels like we just celebrated yesterday and it's only 51 days until Christmas!
This Weeks Prompt:
My First Friend
My first friend was my neighbor Shirley. We were the best of friends. We both had family issues that were never talked about and the fact that we had each other made it so special.
Even as I type this I know that we never even understood it. I do remember her father pulling up in his car and her saying I have to go hide. They would hide under the bed or in the closets so he couldn't find them. I believe her mother got the brunt of all of it. He did drink and my mother also drank but nothing was ever explained. Things like this went unspoken.
We played hard and had so much fun. We did silly things too. I am thinking we were maybe 8 years old and saw a neighbor throwing out clothes. Why I will never know but we actually took out bras from their trash, put them on, stuffed them to fill them out and walked through the alleys like we were hot stuff!!! How silly we must of looked.
We would play in the woods which was normal back then. We had a billboard sign not far from the house and we would jump off the platform. Of course it wasn't real high like the ones you see today but thank God we never broke a leg. We were two of a kind.....
The house I grew up in is on the right and that is Shirley's house on the left. We even did the cans with string phone thing between the houses from her bedroom to mine! I also had some other awesome friends who I also consider my best friends who I went to school with. Shirley attended the Catholic school in the area.
Shirley was in my wedding party and we still are in contact with each other with birthday cards and Christmas cards. She used to live in Colorado Springs, CO for years and years. She is now back in the Chicago area but we didn't get to meet up when I was there in September however we did talk on the phone which was probably the first time in over 40 years that we actually talked with each other.
We certainly have come a long way from cans to cell phones! Here I was walking around the Brookfield Zoo talking to Shirley on the phone. Could never have predicated that when I was 8 years old.....