|Me (left) with a handful of guests|
The day of the party was just so fun. Lots of girls came with their hats and gloves and baby dolls in strollers. Mom took my picture with each girl with the polaroid camera -- and each girl got to keep her picture. We sipped Tang from Mom's wedding china teacups and ate little sandwiches and cookies (must have taken Mom forever to make all that food and wash all those dishes! There were tables of girls everywhere). I remember distinctly that I made the effort to wipe my mouth the way I had seen grown-ups do, using both hands and going around the mouth. It seems silly to remember that, but my Uncle Ron later asked me about my party and if I remembered to be dainty. He said "Did you wipe your mouth like THIS?" and demonstrated prissily dabbing his mouth, "Or did you wipe it like THIS?" and he scrubbed his mouth wildly. "Neither one!" I told him, and showed him my very grown up method. He was probably cracking up at me. I certainly took myself seriously.
That night, after the party was over, my family went out to eat with Uncle Ron and his family at a restaurant in Cincinnati that my siblings and I dubbed "The Round and Round Restaurant". It was at the top of a hotel by the Ohio river, and the floor of the dining room did in fact, slowly turn the whole time you ate, to give the diners a view of the skyline and river. I could not believe my incredible good fortune to be able to EAT at this EXCITING restaurant on MY birthday!! I was more than on top of the hotel, I was on top of the world!
Less than 2 months later, my family said goodbye to our relatives who lived near us in Cincinnati, and boarded an airplane -- we were moving to Green Bay Wisconsin. I was not sad at all. It seemed like a wonderful adventure, but I remember people crying as we left. Little did I know that this move would involve quite a bit of culture shock for us!
|On a Sunday in Green Bay|
We stayed in a hotel for a while after the move while our house got ready, and that is my first memory of sitting and doing paper and pencil schoolwork. I was in second grade and Nathan was in third, and we found the work quite doable. With three kids and our cat Peaches with us in those little hotel rooms, Mom was probably trying to keep us from going crazy, but I thought staying in the hotel was just part of the adventure. Once Peaches got out of the room and made a beeline for the pool area (all the rooms surrounded the atrium). Catching her was SO exciting! For years we would mention "remember when Peaches got out of our hotel room?!"
Before too long, we moved into our house. It felt HUGE to us, and was out in the country, surrounded by cornfields, acres of woods and bordered by a small river (which froze and we could ice skate on it!). To our delight, the house was carpeted with bright orange and lime green carpeting. We thought it was glorious -- obviously our parents did not concur, and it was replaced quickly. Anna and I sat between the living room and family room the day before it was going to be torn out, and sang "Orange, orange, orange orange!" Mom was kind not to snap at us, I'm sure it was pretty annoying, but we loved the orange.
|With Angel in our Osh Kosh outfits|
I adjusted to the "culture shock" we initially experienced moving just 9 hours north, and quickly made friends, and found all the fun things to do both at home and around us in Green Bay. For several years, that was my childhood home, and I remember that lovely house so fondly. We read Little House in the Big Woods after moving to Wisconsin, and felt very much that we lived right where Laura, Mary, Ma and Pa lived in the woods. Thankfully, we did not need to worry about panthers and bears, but other than that, we totally related with those stories. I'm sorry for the lack of photos in this post -- I just don't have access to all the old family photos. I'm linking up at Mommy's Piggy Tales, where we're writing the stories of our youth.