All posts tagged childhood

Daddy you just wouldn’t believe it!

Published October 23, 2012 by jeaniel47

My dad passed away in 1980 when I was only 25. He didn’t get to meet my husband, my children or my grandchildren. He would have smiled from ear to ear to have met them.

Today we were driving by some new wind towers being erected and it made me think, my dad never saw…

One of the massive wind towers that now speckled the fields of Iowa

A cell phone


Cable TV

A remote control for a TV

100 channels to choose from (damn, we had 3 channels and there was always something to watch, now we have a hard time)

He never had a snow blower (the three of us each had a shovel to clean the driveway in the winter)

He never owned a brand new car (I learned to drive on the first “automatic” he ever owned…it has push buttons to change the transmission)

Ne never saw a refrigerator that made ice in the door, instead of hand making it in trays

He never saw a landline phone without a cord (we had a party line and had to share the usage of the phone)

No VCR, DVD or CDs

He never had central air

He did have lots of fresh vegetables out of his garden

He worked hard every day of his life

He could let me go and play and didn’t have to worry if I was safe or not

He was married to the same woman for over thirty years

He displayed the American flag proudly and always voted in every election

I was eight years old when he told me he had paid off a medical bill for a surgery I had when I was three

He paid the dentist $80 dollars when I was sixteen for a root canal. It was his whole weeks pay check.

He dug a hole by hand when my dog died and marked the grave for me

He called me his “capin, after Kaptain Kangaroo

He taught me to drive when I asked

I was his only child….I was loved…I miss him….



Published September 13, 2012 by jeaniel47

Waiting… our whole life is spent waiting. Our parents wait for us to be born in excited anticipation. Then they wait for us to talk, to walk, to go to school, to graduate, to get married, to have grandchildren. We wait in line at the grocery store, at the gas station, at the DMV. We wait to hear if we got the job. We wait for the alarm clock to go off and tell us it is time to get up, then we wait for the clock to tell us is time to go home from work. We wait for supper to be ready. We wait for our favorite TV show to come on. We wait for that movie we want to see. We wait for the next book in a series to come out. We wait for our own children to be born and then that process starts all over again. We wait for the holidays so that we can see those children who now live too far away. Waiting…waiting…waiting… Really what we are waiting for is the end of our days, think about it. All we are really doing is passing through each day, waiting for that one day we leave this earth. Waiting…


Published September 8, 2012 by jeaniel47

Sometimes life throws you for a loop… something you just weren’t expecting. It makes you stop and think what really is important in your life? Does it matter that you haven’t dusted or vacuumed for two weeks? Who really cares? It is more important to take that walk with the dog in the early morning hours when most of the world is still asleep. Enjoy the chill of the fall air, the beautiful colors of fall. Then your daughter asks you to look for an old picture that she wants to add to her wall of family pictures. You look through hundreds of old pictures and remember… remember when she was born, and now she has three children of her own. Remember your son when he was getting into some kind of little boy trouble… and then pictures of him graduating from 82nd Airborne school. Pictures of your own wedding day, almost 29 years ago… where did the time go? It seems like ages ago and yet like it has gone so fast, too fast. Take a minute and remember some good memory from your past, it may be the best minute of your entire day.

Getting Old

Published August 28, 2012 by jeaniel47

Last night we were watching TV and on a commercial there was a girl doing a hand stand. I used to be able to  do a hand stand and even a cartwheel. If I tried now I would probably break my neck! It is funny how those things slip away from our lives and we don’t even realize it until they are gone… our bodies are too old. The dream is still alive though, even if the body won’t cooperate.

Weight Loss Sept 11

Published September 11, 2011 by jeaniel47

It is a day of sadness and a day of love – time to remember all of the people who perished ten years ago. I remember vividly watching the TV the day – I remember the fear in my heart. In fact I don’t think I moved from the TV for almost 4 days.  It still brings tears to my eyes.

As I go for my walk this morning, I will remember all of those people and what happened to them that day, as should we all.

The number is 222.

My Fair Lady

Published September 3, 2011 by jeaniel47

When I was in high school I had a good friend who was more “privileged” than I was. The kids in their family took all of the lessons, piano, violin, flute, acrobats, and on and on. They went places and did things that I would never even dream of being able to do. Still I was never jealous. One time their parents invited me to go to the high school musical production of My Fair Lady. I had no idea what that was or what to expect. I had never gone to anything like that. My friend was playing the piano for the musical, so I sat with the parents and her brother and sister. I was mesmerized from the first moment. I remember just about everything about that show. I can tell you who played what parts. I remember all of the songs, the clothes they wore, it is embedded into my brain. Yes, It was just a high school production, but to me it was amazing. From that moment on, I loved musicals. I went to all of the high school productions after that, because that was all that was available to me. As I got older, married and kids came along, I did my best to expose my own children to some of that amazement, though they never seemed quite as excited as I had been.

About a month ago I received a brochure in the mail for the Gallagher Bluedorn, a performing arts center only about twenty miles away. I can tell you it literally took my breath away when I saw that there was going to be a performance of My Fair Lady. My brain raced, no my husband would not go with me, he hates musicals. I thought about who I might ask to go and then it was time to make supper. I put the brochure away and kind of forgot about it. After supper my phone rang and it was my daughter, which is not unusual as she calls several times a day. What was surprising was that she was excited about the brochure she had gotten in the mail. My Fair Lady was coming to town and she thought the two of us should go. I have to admit that I smiled to myself. First that she would think of me and know how much I would want to go to that show and second, that she wanted to go too. I am happy to say that I bought tickets yesterday and yes I will again get to experience the wonder of My Fair Lady!

As I was thinking about this, it made me realize how much other people influence our lives and who we become. I hope will all my heart that her parents knew how much having that experience meant to me and still does. Without them would I have ever experienced the joy of going to a musical? I don’t know, but I thank them with for helping to make me who I am.

Iowa Amber Alert

Published June 5, 2011 by jeaniel47

The little boy they are looking for. Go to Iowa Amber Alert for a picture of the abductor, it won’t let me add it here.

BUTLER COUNTY, Iowa — The Butler County  Sheriff’s Office, in northeast Iowa, is searching for a toddler allegedly  abducted in Greene, Iowa, early Sunday morning.

According to Iowa’s AMBER Alert website, authorities are looking for  Jacob Duncan Petersen, 2.  He was last seen at 12:45 a.m.  He is white, 3 feet  tall, has blonde hair and blue eyes.  He was last seen wearing a diaper and a  red, white and blue Texas T-shirt.

Authorities said the alleged abductor, Thomas Joseph Petersen, 39, is to  be considered armed and dangerous.  They also said he’s a possible homicide  suspect.  Petersen is described as white, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 255 pounds.

Petersen is believed to be driving a red, 2006 Ford F-150, with Iowa  license plate 682 TLM.  His destination is unknown.

If you see the vehicle, immediately call the Butler County Sheriff’s  Office at 319-267-2410, or call 911.