My first childhood memory

Sort of like this one
Sort of like this one

Visiting a farm

It was visiting a farm outside of Joliette, Quebec which is near Ottawa (or so I thought). I have no recollection of the visit to my nation's capital. I'm not sure but I could have been 3 or 4 years old at the time. My dad had bought a 1952 2-tone green Dodge with the exterior metal visor over the windshield that made it look more sporty than the other Dodges. I'm sure we went traveling that summer partly to show off the new car.

The farm is a picture in my mind that is much like that you would have if you had visited it yesterday. Even the aromas are still there in my mind. The smell of clover and straw and the aroma of honey that was served was the best food smell I can ever remember. Even the smell of cow manure was pleasant.

Upon entering the driveway, on the right hand side of the barnyard that would be about the size and shape of a football field in my mind, I watched the owner's homing pigeons returning to their shed which was about the size of a garbage dumpster.

From that point, a wire and post fence traveled along the entire length of the barnyard and split the chicken coop in half where one half was in the barnyard and the other in the pasture where there were several cows grazing. Upon entering the coop, you would here the instant panic of the chickens with so many people arriving at once. I guess they can sense the robbery that is about to take place or they sense the greater fear that they might be tonight's dinner.

I remember eating outside on a real picnic table for the first time. I have no idea what we ate but I'm sure it was extra delicious because it is very hard to beat homemade food eaten outdoors in the summer anywhere in Quebec. We drove from Toronto and the first memories that stick in my mind are this farm.

We crossed the paved road and went through another field and down a hill to a river or lake's edge. I don't know which but I was too young to enter the water so the steepness of the hill seems to be the thing that stood out the most.

The farmhouse is something I do not remember and the gracious people that we visited have blended into obscurity. My parents are long gone now, but this memory is still fresh and I cannot explain why. It is of little concern because my first really long memory is just simply a pleasant one. I'm sure it is why I always enjoy a visit to a farm no matter who's it is. I have never experienced that wonderful smell anywhere else. But I do love clover honey. I'm sure the visit to this farm is why.

This was an enjoyable time writing down my first real recollection of growing up. I strongly suggest that you take a crack at it.

More by this Author

  • Remembering the Toronto Sound
    42

    The late 1960's was a unique time for music in and around the city of Toronto, Ontario. This story is from the perspective of just one individual that grew up in that time. Some of the actual players add their comments...

  • What can we do as individuals  to help the economy?
    13

    Consumer spending on locally or nationally produced products or services is just one way the average person can have a direct impact on a local economy.

  • Remembering The Gogue Inn
    7

    Being president of the student council at George Harvey only meant that I got the letter that the Gogue Inn sent to every Toronto area high school seeking a school ambassador for this about-to-open club in...


Comments 1 comment

reggieTull profile image

reggieTull 7 years ago from Virtual Space

Bozoplay - this hub has been an extremely enjoyable read with my mouth watering and my mind taken away to your farm and all those smells. What a great first memory - thank you for sharing and responding to my request.

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working