Thursday, April 2, 2009

Here She Comes Round The Curve...

Down the backstretch, heading for home.

I figured I better get back and finish my 100 before I hit my 200th post, so get your bets down as to whether I can come up with 100.

66. Me, about 1 year old. I loved my wheels. I still love a good set of wheels.

67. I'd love to be able to sing like I could when I was younger. Seems like the voice is one of those things that goes as you get older and don't practice anymore.

68. I hate grasshoppers and June bugs. Makes me shiver just writing this one.

69. When I was 4 years old, mom and dad decided that they could afford to get a bigger home. Several times I remember going with my folks to look at houses. I remember being upset that we didn't get a house that had a tennis court. I freakin' didn't even know what a tennis court was, but I sure wanted it. I could probably drive to that house even now, 60 years later.

70. I don't deal well with death and/or dying. This has been since I was not quite 13 and my oldest sister died. Mom and Dad had her laid out in our front room. If I had to go to bed I'd head up stairs through the kitchen so I didn't have to go through the living room where my sister was, and then when I'd go back downstairs I'd go out through the kitchen.

71. Obviously, if I don't deal well with death, I also don't go back to visit graves. I will go if I'm with some of my sibs and they want to go to the cemetery to visit, but I do not drive to the graves of my sister, my mom and dad, or any other loved ones. It was probably 15 years after my sister died before I could make myself go to a funeral home to honor a close friend that had died of breast cancer.

72. I'm very competitive, especially in sports. Ask my brothers. They'll tell you.

73. I lettered in 4 sports a year all 4 years of high school.

74. I won 2nd in singles and 2nd in doubles in the Okla. City Tennis Tournament the summer I was 16.

75. I had, and wore, a Nehru Jacket.

75. I also had, and wore, a pea coat and white, Navy issue bell bottom breeches, the kind that you could button down the right or left . Got them at the Army/Navy Surplus Store. I'd starch and iron them crisp and strut my stuff... when I still had stuff to strut.

76. I smoked cigarettes for about 40 years. Quit Jan. 31st, 2000.

77. My great granddaddy on my momma's side was a country doctor. More about him another time.

78. I believe that a person's sexual preferences don't make a person, just like their religion doesn't make them who they are, just like color doesn't make them who they are. I think their heart and soul makes them who they are.

79. I can't even get one foot behind my head anymore... much less both of them. That 40 pounds sure took up folding up room.

80. I really enjoy my own company. I learned as a child that I enjoyed being alone a lot. Not to say I don't like people. I do. But I just need my alone time.

Well, the race ain't quite run yet. I'm tired. I'm going to go to bed. I'll make sure to come up with 20 more when I can think 'em up. Dang, this is hard. But fun and a challenge...

I did tell you I'm competitive, didn't I?


Tatersmama said...

Have I told you yet that I think you're wonderful? I haven't?
Well, I should have !
I love love LOVED this post! You had me tearing up, laughing and smiling all the way through.
(p.s. I don't fold as well as I used to either - and the last time I got my foot behind my head, my kids had to call the fire department to get it back down again!)

Twisted Fencepost said...

No folding going on here either.
I love grasshoppers and june bugs.
Are you competing with yourself to finish the 100 things?

hetty said...

Loved your post. For me, folding room is the room in which you fold your laundry. I never could get my legs behind my head.

darsden said...

Helen you are rolling on your 100 girl. I agree and relate with so much you have said. I love your posting about you! (I think you should go on and try for 200 ;-)
good googly moogly I wouldn't be able to turn my leg further than a walk! However I could have been a contender in the Tennis department...YOU have been Challenged-LOL Nobody down here will play with me!
Congratulations on quiting for 9 years that is just fantastic.
Great Post!

Lisa said...

This is really awesome, I enjoy getting to know people and seeing what is important to them. How they see themselves, and the little things about them. I had a fear of death and dying for years as a young person. Mine was from my cousins telling me when the moon turned orange the world was going to end and we would all die. I was preteen when she told me that I was scared to death....and for years I had such a horrible attitude about death, refused to go to my aunts funeral, would not go to funeral homes, etc. I am better now, and I think it is due to my faith and maturity too I guess. But I am thankful mine did not come from losing a loved one like you experienced. So sorry you went through that.

We are going to take pictures SOON. So be getting your girls ready!

farmlady said...

This has got to be a lot of work. YOU GO GIRL! I'm impressed. I don't think I could think of this many things about myself.

I remember pea coats. I had one that was navy blue and bell bottoms..., now we are really dating ourselves.

...,and as for #78, you are right on.

DocSly said...

You are going to make it. I love the things you come up with. I know what you mean about folding - I could do it fifty years ago but now I would be fearful of getting stuck.

Debbie said...

I knew you were an Aquarian like me. Amazing you can think of 100 things about yourself and it would really be a challenge for me.

Congrats on the quitting. I'm not there yet.

I also don't deal with the death/dying. I lost my Dad when I was 4 1/2. I rarely visit my Mom/Dad's grave. I feel my Mom is right here beside me...

Alone time? Got to have it!

GingerJar said...

In the '70's I raided my grandma's trunk and appropriated my Uncles Navy issued white bell-bottom pants with the buttons down the sides...I loved them, I was the envy of other uncle thought it was funny as hell. My mom thought I looked stupid...I didn't care. We couldn't afford "cool" bell-bottom jeans and all my clothes where home-made, so those Navy issues were the bomb!

Tipper said...

Enjoyed these too-I'm going to be sad when you reach 100 I've so enjoyed reading about your life. You have a way with words.

Nola said...

I love your blog!! If you can give up smokes after can are my inspiration:)
Ummmm....Helen...why did you have your legs behind your head in the first place???? waahaaaaa

darsden said...

Hey I am with NOLA why did you have your legs behind your head...? Just exactly were you up to? u got Xplaining to do

Train Wreck said...

Wow! Look at you. I can barely keep up.Here you are posting over 100 fun and interesting things. No tto mention entertaining. Missed you had to come see what you were doing. Yes why were your legs behind your doing yoga? he he

Staci said...

Love this stuff!

Karen (KayKay) said...

Great post! I love the things you choose to tell about yourself. Congratulations on quitting smoking. My husband quit a few years ago - it's a hard habit to break.