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Updated on February 8, 2013

Echoes of my childhood...

What’s the name of that one Peggy? I knew she wouldn’t answer. She never answers me. How will I ever learn if I don’t ask questions? Now that my older sister had her own room she never had time for me. Every night before bed time she just sits in her bed humming or listening to Perry Como, Vic Damon or Johnny Ray on the radio as she curled her hair. I would come in to just be company for her and she would act like I wasn’t even there. If I could sing I would, just to get her to notice me instead of Perry Como.

my sister Peggy
my sister Peggy

I told dad I was glad I was born a boy

It don’t take boys long to get ready for bed. We just blow our nose and wipe our face on the towel, put on our pajamas and we were ready for bed. I don’t see why girls have to roll their hair every night. I told my dad that the radio he got for Peggy hypnotized her or something. She just stares off in space, in a daze and hums to the music. He just laughed and said that was the way girls were. I remember telling him I was glad I was born a boy.

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boys were not allowed in the living room...

I think there were just two or three radio stations, and of course television had not even been thought of, at least not in the hills of eastern Tennessee during the early ‘50s. Dad had a large cabinet with a Hallicrafter short wave radio in the living room where he could get the Friday night fights occasionally, but the boys were not allowed in the living room unless we had company and then we were to be ‘seen and not heard’ if you know what I mean. We didn’t have much company though and I was glad of that. It was hard for me to be still with my hands folded neatly in my lap.

I would try to get Peggy to side with me

I started 1st grade in 1949 and my sister Peggy graduated high school the next year. She was in the Beta Club and made straight A’s. Dad said I never needed to worry about that and if I was interested I could just ask Peggy what that meant. Jim and Jack were going into Junior High School so I would be left in elementary school just starting out and all by myself. I would try to get Peggy to side with me whenever I did something I shouldn’t and usually she did unless one of her friends was around and then they both would just ignore me. Why did life have to be so tough on little boys?

when girls finished school they got to looking for a boyfriend

Mom told me that when girls finished school they got to looking for a boyfriend, so I guess that’s why my sister was acting the way she did. She got a job working for the man that had hired my dad, Mr Ernest Dickey. He had an insurance agency besides owning the Colonial Hotel where my dad worked. Peggy started right away after graduating from high school working for that insurance agency.

Peggy had her own driver’s license and was a good driver

Peggy had her own driver’s license and was a good driver. I remember she drove us everywhere we went, except for when the car needed gas. She always wanted to go alone. We traded with Ed Leab, a friend of Dad’s who ran the Sinclair Service Station right beside the Mick or Mac grocery store where we shopped for groceries on Saturdays. Mom said Peggy sorta liked a certain red haired boy that worked there and I guess she did because she later married that boy named Frank…

© 2010 SamSonS


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  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks Fiddleman for sharing your reminisce...

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    8 years ago

    I had one older sister who tried to "mama" me and a younger sister who was the baby in our family, she was spoiled rotten, by the rest of us and especially by daddy. Up and beautiful.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks so much Cathi Sutton, so glad to welcome and add you to my circle of friends and also I appreciate your kind comments...

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    Cathi Sutton 

    8 years ago

    I like your "down home" and easy style of writting. Makes me feel like you're really talking to me. I'll be back to read more!

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    *thanks James for your encouraging remarks; Kingsport is just a 'hop, skip and a jump' up the road...

    *thanks Deni for your visit and your nice comments...

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    Deni Edwards 

    8 years ago from california

    This was a great read-Thanks for sharing this with us!

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    James A Watkins 

    8 years ago from Chicago

    I enjoyed your story about you and Peggy. I have seven siblings, all younger, including five sisters. I have a cousin I visited last year in Kingsport.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks bayoulady for sharing your reminisce and comments...

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    8 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

    Ha! I remember the no TV and Daddy n Mama listening to the radio. WE were the first in our neighborhood to get a TV.It's a wonder we boomers even like our siblings! I am crazy about mine now, but....better not tell I guess!

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thank you cristina327, for your encouraging and gracious comments.

    Blessings to you...

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    Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

    8 years ago from Manila

    Nice hub, with interesting details. Thank you for always sharing with us your chilhood memories. The legacy of your family is such a great treasure. Blessings to you. Best regards.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thank you Money Glitch, for sharing your reminisce...

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    Money Glitch 

    8 years ago from Texas

    I couldn't help but laugh and think of my youngest sibling of which I am 16 years older. He probably felt and thought some of the same things that you have shared within this hub. Thanks for making me laugh and recalling childhood memories. Rating up! :)

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks Polly for your more than gracious & kind remarks...

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    8 years ago from US

    Gosh I think it has been a hundred years since I have heard that song and that is my mothers whistle, I swear, she had a talent. Peggy looks like Patsy Cline a little. My sister-in-law was named Peggy and she was more of a sister to me than my own but passed away a few years ago with cancer. Great hub. You write the kind I like.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks fred, you are more than gracious. I'm just the youngest son of loving parents that feared the Lord and told me about Jesus...

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    fred allen 

    8 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

    You are a fine man. The rememberences you share with us are sweet and full of love. Thank you for sharing who you are and where you came from!

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    Hey Judi, thanks for sharing your reminisce - was wondering where you were. Glad to hear you got a job, but sorry it takes so much of your time... :(

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    8 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

    Family nothing sweeter huh Samson! My sister is 12 years older than me and she still treats me like I'm the baby (-; going to Cali to see all of them is a couple of weeks. Moms 98th bday and a baby shower for my oldest daughter. Should be fun. Sorry Samson I haven't stopped in too much. I have taken a full time position and I just don't have time like I used to.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    *thanks drbj for your interesting comments...

    *thanks Kristeen for sharing your sweet reminisce...

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    8 years ago from Michigan

    Cherish the memories. I remember my older sister driving me around with her too. When we were kids she didn't want anything to do with me, but after she moved out and I was still in high school I enjoyed being with her. We went shopping mostly. That's what girls do!

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    drbj and sherry 

    8 years ago from south Florida

    This was a sweet story, samsons, I enjoyed reading it. How nice that you talk to your sister every day.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thank you lifegate for you encouraging comments.

    Blessings to you my brother...

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    William Kovacic 

    8 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA


    I love the stories you tell. They make us all remember what we had and cherish the things we have. Thanks, Brother.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks dahoglund for your visit, My sister and my older brother Jim is all I have left-- ain't it funny how time flies...

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    Don A. Hoglund 

    8 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

    I had an older sister and two older brothers. Even though I am in my seventies now I think my sister still thinks of me aas the twelve year old that I was when she got married and left home.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks Dave for all your kindness, I think that was Peggy's senior high school pic, she's still a beautiful lady, I call her each evening to talk.

    She lost he husband, Frank in 2008 to cancer after 53-54 years marriage.

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    Dave Mathews 

    8 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

    samson1: Thank you for the trip down the memory lane of music. I too grew up listening to this music. By the way your sister in that pic is a real looker.

    As the eldest of 5, me and two sisters and two brothers, I was their surrogate parent having to do with each one as they came along, what mom and dad did for me feedings burping, changing, playing rocking to sleep, walking, etc. From age 8 I learned how to be a dad,or mom, the problem of being the eldest I guess.

    Brother Dave.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thank you jacobkuttyta for your remarks...

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    Siny J 

    8 years ago from Delhi, India

    Nice read, Thanks

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    *thanks Quill for your encouraging remarks...

    *and thank you carolina for your comments...

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    carolina muscle 

    8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

    I had a younger sister who was a sweetie.. I enjoyed your story!

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    8 years ago

    Blessings on what you have left here, a legacy and a look into the man behind the words, a blessing to read.



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