I read something yesterday that reminded me of the days when all my kids were home and I seemed to have no shortage of cute stories and memorable moments. I thought I’d share a few of those today (for all of my children who may be reading).
- When my oldest son was little he used to have the cutest way of saying his name. His name is Robert Joseph McKee. When he was asked his name, he would answer “Bobby Jofish A-kee.” We still occasionally call him Bobby Jofish just for fun.
- When my two oldest sons were little, Mark wouldn’t talk for himself. He would always whisper in Bobby’s ear and Bobby would speak for him. That worked great until Mark found his voice and had to retrain Bobby not to talk for him!
- I taught Bobby and Mark to always share with each other. If one got a cookie or a treat, they would break it in half and share it with the other. One of my favorite memories was when Bobby helped rake leaves in the yard for the first time. (Well, he held the rake, but wasn’t big enough to really do much.) He was given a dollar for his pay. The next thing I know he tore it in half and handed one half to his little brother Mark. I saved that torn dollar bill in my jewelry box for years. When the boys were grown and Mark was leaving for the army, I gave each brother their half of the dollar bill to carry while they were apart. As far as I know, they still do.
- We always knew Annie was going to be a teacher. She was always showing others how to do something. We have a great dance recital video that shows Annie, not dancing, but herding the other dancers in line where they were supposed to be.
- Sports were always important, especially to Bobby and Mark. There are a couple of great memories that stick in my mind about football. A young boy who lived next door to had suffered a spinal cord injury when he was around 2-3 years old and was unable to walk. I remember how amazed and proud I was when I walked outside one day and all the boys were on their stomachs on the ground, using arms and elbows to pull themselves around for a modified game of football. When I asked them later what they were doing, they explained that Eric couldn’t play football the regular way so they just changed the game so they could all play together. Sometimes your kids just make you proud, you know?
- The other football memory was Bobby and Mark playing football in junior high school and high school, using their baby brother Allen as the football! 🙂
- It seemed like we were always going to the emergency room. I lost count of the times we went to the ER with sports injuries to arms, eyes, etc. Seemed like we always had a visit to the ER when Heather and Ashley visited for the weekend. I seem to remember Ashley forgetting to use the glove to catch the baseball and used her face instead…
- I remember when my children bought me my own Nintendo 64 for Christmas. So they could have their own back again and not have to share with Mom when she got the video game fever. (Mine is jungle green and came with the Donkey Kong game.)
- Old ladies always loved my sons. They were such gentleman and truly did carry groceries, help them across the street and generally kiss up. As a matter of fact, they still do!
- Annie used to have the roof and walls of her room covered with glow in the dark stars. When Grandma and Grandpa Croy came to visit they would sleep in her room. He liked her stars so much he bought a bunch for himself and still has them hanging in his room out in Denver!
- The first time my husband Mark brought his girls to stay at our house for the weekend was before we got married. We were at the breakfast table and the bacon was being passed around the table. The plate was passed to Ashley first and she promptly emptied the whole plate of bacon on her plate. I thought Mark would just die!
- When Allen was a little bitty boy, he used to like Barney. I know, this is an embarrassment to him now, but when you’re little you like a lot of things you’re mortified to admit later. He was only about 2 or 3 when we went to Denver to visit. Grandma Croy has a central vac system. For the duration of the visit, Uncle Earl had Allen completely convinced that Barney lived at Grandma Croy’s house and he talked through the central vac system. Amazing how Barney sounded just like Uncle Earl!
- Heather could eat more biscuits than anyone I know. The funny thing about it was she ate them completely plain. No butter, no jelly, just bread. I can still see her with her feet tucked up under her in her chair nibbling on biscuits like a little mouse.
- Annie participated in a pageant for Miss Teen USA or something like that a couple of years. It was a stressful process. During the first pageant we almost ended up in a terrible fix because all of her things were in our van and I locked my keys inside. What a disaster! Thank goodness for a quick locksmith who made sure we got her things and she made it to the stage on time. Whew!
I have scads of stories left. Maybe I’ll post a few more later!