Flashbacks of watermelon and nausea

REBLOGGED from last year

My brother, Ronnie and I in 79' at picnic area in Iowa.

My brother, Ronnie and I in 79′ at picnic area in Iowa.

It was the summer of 1979 at a roadside stop in Iowa.  The day my hatred for all things watermelon began.  I ate WAY too much of it; haven’t been able to stand it since.  Something about the gluttony and the heat mixed together and let’s just say I had to empty my stomach of all of it before we could resume our trip.

The rest of that trip was a good one though; it was my mom, dad, brother, sister and I.  I don’t remember what our vehicle was at the time, but I’m sure the three of us kids were sliding around in the back seat without the restraint of seat belts.  One of us would make a loud slap noise on our own leg and then yell, “Mom, so and so hit me!”.  “So and so” was whoever we felt like getting into trouble.

I remember that quite often I got to ride in the front because I got carsick.  This wasn’t one of my sneaky little games either although my brother and sister always thought it was.  Mom and Dad would usually attempt to make me sit in the backseat, but after enough pleas to, “pull over, I think I’m going to puke!” I would soon find myself comfortably lodged right between them up front nearer the air conditioner.  Okay, I admit, I wasn’t always really sick, but most of the time I was.

This was especially necessary in the summer when it was hot or if we traveled mountainous or curvy terrain.  I went on a trip once with my grandparents and aunt and uncle and threw up in the Catskills.  I told people about that for months.  To this day, when someone mentions the Catskill Mountains, it’s always the first thing I think of.

After my move to the front seat, Dad would cajole me into singing along with whatever country song was on the radio or 8 track tape.  One of his favorites for me to sing was Jessie Colter’s, “I’m not Lisa”, or Crystal Gayle’s “Don’t it make my brown eyes blue”.  With my eyes being brown and my name being Lisa, this was always funny to me.

I loved traveling as a child and I still do.  Some things about it haven’t changed at all.  There is something about heading out in the morning with coffee in hand, watching the sunrise as you countdown the miles to your destination.  Then there is the quality family time spent in the car together, arguing over the radio and temperature.  What about trying to get dad/hubby to stop for potty breaks and having to wait so long and pass so many possibilities that finally the only choice you have left is a nasty truck stop with no toilet paper or the other even less favorite option, the side of the road.

All in all, traveling with my family throughout the years holds more pleasant memories than bad ones.  Besides, looking back now, even the bad ones don’t seem so bad anymore.  After all, we were together.

My mother in law, my friend

Happy Birthday to you!

Happy Birthday to you!

Today, my blog is dedicated to my beloved mother in law, Nancy.

You know those people who everyone loves? Seriously…you don’t know one person who dislikes them or has anything unkind to say about them.  Nancy is one of those.  She always sees the best in people, always gives people the benefit of the doubt whether they deserve it or not.

She is merciful, kind, loving and giving.  When I lost my mom, back in 96’ she stepped in and without trying to take my mom’s place, became much more than a mother in law to me.  I’ve heard all the horror stories about mother in laws, but I can happily say I haven’t lived them.  Nancy has been by my side through thick and thin and loved me unconditionally.  I don’t feel like a daughter in law, I feel like a daughter.

Nancy loves her children and grandchildren and the rest of her family and friends.  She has dreams and hopes for all of them and prays for them continually.  Nancy is one of this communities most treasured occupants and I don’t think she realizes how many people love her deeply.

Yesterday I was on the phone with my granddaughter, Ayda and she was telling me about how she got into trouble for throwing her mommies cell phone.  She had spent some time in time-out over this infraction and wanted sympathy from Nana.  I said, “Your mommy loves you”, and began to elaborate on who else loved her.  I thought I’d go down the list.  I began with “Nana loves you and Papa loves you and Momo (her name for her aunt Morgan) loves you”.  She interrupted me and said, “Yeah yeah, yeah, Nana.  I know.  EVERYONE loves me!”   Nancy could say the same thing because EVERYONE truly loves her.

Nancy, I love you.  I don’t say it enough, but I do!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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