My Childhood Time Revisited

My Childhood Memories

I watched the autumn leaves floating slowing from the trees

to kiss the cooler October ground---as a soft fall breeze

sent the leaves of splashing hues of ginger, golden and browns;

tumbling across my country yard--- awaking memories

dormant in my heart,

Of my sweet childhood of long ago---I can still hear the distant

little voices as their sounds echoes in my memory and touches

my very soul; making my eyes tear up---even though for many

years we have been apart.

These little children were my extended sisters and brothers,

They were ever so precious and like no others.


I believe we had the prettiest girls in our class,

And the most handsome boys whose funny exhibitions

were a blast.


Yes, the boys they were rough and tough to each other,

But when needed---they were there just like a brother.


“Red Rover, Red Rover Send Arthur Right Over” He

would run and break through the little arms that made blockades,

As we held hands tight, laughing and giggling as many names

were called in our elementary grades.


Halloween came with a blast, drawing Jack-o’-lanterns and scary

bowed-up black cats, with Witches soaring around on a broom,

Flying high in the October night as silhouettes in front of a full moon.


Thanksgiving came with many songs that are forever stored in my

mind, “Over the River and Through the Woods to Grandmother’s

House We Go”

I always wondered where Grandpa was---maybe he waited in another

time no one seemed to know.

I remember the smells of each season, and how we greeted, the frozen

grass on the playground by running and sliding on our butts,

When trying to explain our dirty clothes to our mothers as they

shook their heads with many tut-tut- tuts.

An Autumn Road of My Childhood
An Autumn Road of My Childhood
Witches and Black Cats
Witches and Black Cats
Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving Day
 A Christmas Tree Decorated Just for You and Me.
A Christmas Tree Decorated Just for You and Me.
Happy Valentine---Be Mine
Happy Valentine---Be Mine
Four Leaf Clover--St. Patrick's Day
Four Leaf Clover--St. Patrick's Day

Christmas was one of my favorite times of the year, because ‘Baby Jesus” was born and the beautiful story we hear again and again, about Mary, Joseph and three wise men that followed the star to Bethlehem,

I can still see the little donkey looking at Baby Jesus and the little lamb.


We drew names, decorated a tree, had a class party, gave the teacher our gifts and left school for two weeks, full of Yuletide Cheer.

Waiting to return for a new year.


Then it was Valentine’s Day---with hearts and love notes---on our mind,

While in school---we decorated shoes boxes that were sublime.


Then at home we wrote little notes to our classmates, and then signed, our names on the penny store bought or handmade Valentines,

To put through the slit of each box---sitting on a table or desks, saying mainly----“Be Mine.”


We kept them and read them over and over again and in our memory banks many were stored for all time---to recall later,

Sweet memories and sweet friends---neither was greater.


St Patrick’s Day---each made a green four leaf clover,

And the teacher read to us about Leprechauns, and I dreamed about them over and over.


Easter was very special---the Easter Bunny came,

Leaving me a basket on Sunday morning full of candies, a stuffed Bunny, and a chocolate Easter eggs; and taped on the basket was a card with my name.

Then to Sunday school I would go---and I hated hearing about My Jesus nailed on a cross; but on Easter he arose to live again,

And then we would all stand and say Amen.


We had the best teachers---I will testify---they taught, read, planned great lessons and each day after lunch read to us,

My favorite one was Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, and Injun Joe we all listened it was our learning rush.


School is out, and we would not see each other until the new school year,

I always wondered then---if this made the teachers happy—and did they cheer?

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jcevans2009 4 years ago from Boise, ID

Autumn always triggers childhood memories for me. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this hub, and reliving some of my own memories. Voted up and beautiful!


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

This is a lovely remembrance of the innocent times!


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi,

Thank you so much for the visit and comment. And it also reminds us of that special young love when we were in elementary school.

Thanks again,

Bobbi Purvis


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi,

It is great to see you again and thanks for the visit and comment. You write about your youth in a poem---that will be a great read---you are such a great writer.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi Purvis


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

The smells of each season.....oh yes, they were special! I hadn't thought of that until this poem reminded me of the very special smells....the new mowed lawn in summer...the burning leaves in Fall....the evergreens of Christmastime.....the smell of a fresh beginning in the spring.....excellent poem Bobbi!

bill


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ikechiawazie 4 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

This is lovely as it reminds me of my childhood days.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida

The seasons come and go...leaving their wonder behind. And thankfully the memory of them remains fresh and new just like the Easter or Christmas of yesteryear remains.

Lovely walk down memory lane. Thank you for sharing.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Bill,

Thanks so much for your visit and comment. If one lives in the country there are so many wonderful smells. Remember the smell of a newborn puppy?

I hope I have time to visit on FB later tonight.

Thanks,

Bobbi Purvis


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

ikechiawazie,

Hi, I am so happy for your visit and comment. Childhood memories are so special with all the joys and fun of growing up. Childhood went too fast, but we could wait to grow up---what were we thinking?

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi Purvis


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

pstraubie48,

I am happy to meet you and glad that you took time to visit and comment. Many people who can recall their childhood are so lucky---we all need to cherish the ability of remembering. What a gift that is and even more when we share it.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi Purvis


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Hey Bobbi now I want to write about my childhood.. THIS POEM IS SO GOOD!!.. what memories it brought back to me.. nice to see you my friend

blessings

Debbie


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Debbie,

I cannot wait to read about your childhood. And it is so nice to see and hear from you. I hope I have more time on time in the near future.

Your Friend,

Bobbi Purvis


Vincent Moore 4 years ago

What a brilliant poem, I felt all those memories deep within my soul. We could have walked hand in hand in these memories of long ago. The changing of each season brought so many exciting thoughts. I am so happy to have lived this long to still be able to see them and dance like no one is watching. Your poetic genius is stunning, your imagery outstanding. Bravo well done, Voted up and all buttons pressed.


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must65gt 4 years ago

These memories you shared of the past you held dear

Reflect warm thoughts in our lives or they came very near

As we read every line that you pinned from your past

It’s easy to see the impressions in your heart that were cast

For thought they may not be what we faced to the tee

They brought forth inner memories of our past to see

The seasons you penned summer fall winter and spring

Were also the seasons in life or at least to me so it seemed

So it’s with warm thoughts and thanks from within my heart

As my mind reflects on the memories you chose to impart

And I think back on those childhood memories of mine

And realize where I am in the seasons of time

Thanks for writing


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Vincent,

Our memories are so special like the birth of our souls. We probably did walk hand in hand--did you know a little blond Tomboy. I probably played football with you in another time.

Thank you for taking the time to read my poem. I feel blessed.

Your Friend,

Bobbi Purvis


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

must65gt,

WOW!--what a great comment---the best ever. It is nice to meet you and I am happy for your visit and I will never forget this comment.

Thanks so much,

Bobbi Purvis


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Dear Bobbi - You were blessed to have such a beautiful childhood. Thank you for sharing your story. My eyes filled with tears...for a longing to have lived this in my own childhood.

Mother nature provides us with comfort and even love. I will share this and have voted up and across. Just wonderful Bobbie!


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you Dear Lady,

For your visit and comment. I feel honored that you took the time to read my hub. Have a great Sunday.

Bobbi Purvis


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artist101 4 years ago from Hobart,In

Thank you for sharing this with me. I loved playing red rover. And look forward to playing it with my grandchild, soon to come. Brought back so many childhood memories that I had forgotten about, thank you. I wish I could bring those simple times back for the children of today, so that they too could know that feeling of safety, and security that once was. I had a wonderful childhood, thanks to my awesome parents, who strove for simplicity, and a good stable home environment. I doubt that it is present in many childhoods today.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for sharing your childhood with me.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

artist101,

Hi,

Nice to meet you and thanks for your visit and comment. Yes we were lucky to live in a small town during a simpler time.

We were very blessed.

Thanks again for the visit.

Bobbi Purvis


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Mhatter99,

You are so welcome and thank you for the visit and comment.

Bobbi Purvis


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Bobbi, thanks for sharing on google plus, otherwise this wonderful piece of writing would have been simply lost in hub feeds.

Cheers


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

Bobbi -

What a nice journey through a year of childhood. But, I must debate you, as I feel my class had the best looking girls. I will not make comments of the boys as I'm sure I brought the average down. Have already written of days long past in a couple of hubs, and will be doing it soon again. Great Hub!


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Diana Grant 4 years ago from London

lovely memories, and I laughed at the ending


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Bobby, that is a beautiful Autumn Road of your Childhood. You've penned your childhood memories in a beautiful way. Love them! Voted up and awesome!


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

Awesome job on this one. I loved the rythmic bounce of each verse and the vivid images you paint with the words .,,well done! ~WB


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Thanks Vinaya,

A lot of mine seem to be lost before Google + and I am happy for your visit and comment.

Thanks,

Bobbi Purvis


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Diana,

Thank you for the visit and comment. We are so lucky to have our memories and I am especially lucky to still have my friend Edie.

Thanks again and I hope to see you again.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi Purvis


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Martie,

Thanks for the visit and comment. And I always love your poems. Nice to hear from you.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi Purvis


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you Wayne,

It is nice to see you and thanks for the comment. Have a great Sunday.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi Purvis


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

rcrumple,

Hi and thanks for the visit and comment. I hope I will see your hub you will be writing soon. I bet you did have beautiful girls and handsome guy in Kentucky. But we had them also in Florida in a small town where the Southern breeze sways the Spanish moss and the teachers are the best..

Thanks again.

Bobbi Purvis


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

This is a lovely poem that reminded me of those special childhood days also. It is always nice to think of those happy times. Voted up and awesome.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Pamela,

Thank you for the visit and comment. I am happy to see you and hope everything is great with you. This is the season of the year that begins our holidays when people start to thinks of the days gone by. And our memories are wonderful to recall our sweet childhood.

Have a great week.

Bobbi Purvis


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Purvis, some seasons do make us go back and relive our past. I loved reading about your experiences. Voting it up, beautiful and awesome.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

rajan jolly,

Thank you so much for your visit and comment. Memories are so precious and our past needs to be revisited once in a while.

Thanks again,

Bobbi Purvis


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Not long ago we were kids. Well I'm still a kid. I kept in my memory sweet moments that can start with a hide-and-go-seek. Your prose and that halloween picture with Judy and your younger friend Edi, take me back to those years. Excellent writing Bobbi wow! We will.... I will take these diaphanous moments to the grave. Labor day is gone, now Halloween is just around. Have a good one Barbara.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you Lord,

I always smile when one of my favorite writers takes the time to read one of my hubs. Thanks for your comment.

Edie and I are still very close friends---she was the Angel and I was the hyper "Tomboy" who got us into a lot of trouble---but we had so much fun it was worth it.

Your Friend,

Bobbi Purvis


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epigramman 4 years ago

...well my dear friend - great minds really do think alike - I was just thinking about you this morning and thought I was overdue for a visit to your sacred hubpage and what a lovely surprise this is too.

You have captured the evocative memories of this time of year so very well - that it runs in my mind like a movie with music with flavors and smells and tears and laughter - well this remarkable labor of love by you has it all and I shall be posting your beautiful achievement here to a FB group called Music and Writing - sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 2:20pm and yes fall is upon us now here at the lake - no more swimming but I have my pussycats to keep me warm although they are both sleeping right now


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Epi-man,

We are all so blessed to have you here on HubPages to share our thoughts in writing our hubs. I was blessed twice today---frist I had the time to visit my Hub Friends and now I have heard from you.

Hug your kitty cats for me.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi Purvis


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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

Those beautiful, wonderful days, awesome memories, voted up.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

What a great hub I loved it Bobbi.

Eddy.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi,

Thank you for your visit and comment. I appreciate it. Now it is your turn to write about your memories and share them with us.

Have a great week.

BobbiPurvis


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Eddy,

It is so nice to see your happy face. I hope all is well with you. Thanks for your visit---I appreciate it.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi Purvis


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SommerDalton 4 years ago

What a beautiful hub! Loved this! Voted up and more


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi,

Thanks so much for the visit, comment and voting. I appreciate it very much.

Bobbi Purvis


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CrazedNovelist 3 years ago from Hampton, GA

Very cool writing! :) A lovely story.


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PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi,

It is so nice to hear from you and thanks for your comment. I hope you have a great weekend,

Bobbi


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

PurvisBobbi,

This is an awesome hub and it certainly brings back a lot of my school memories. I vividly remember playing Red Rover, sending and getting Valentine cards, and all of the school activities you mention. Voted up and sharing with followers.


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PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi,

Thanks for your visit and comment. I love to recall and write about days gone by--but still in my memories.

As long as we have memories--we should share them.

Bobbi Purvis


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Thanks for taking me back to childhood. This was delightful. Sharing.


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PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Gypsy Rose Lee,

I am happy you enjoyed the journey back. It one of the best time in life, and the most carefree.

Have a great Sunday.

Bobbi

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