(Do we always have to ■■■■■ about the bad things?)
- Played with my brothers growing up
- Played with other kids when I was still innocent- We argued over the silliest things
- Had a birthday party with my twin involving all the neighborhood kids,- (We kinda springed it on our parents and didn’t know they had to scramble fast to deal with the crowd.)
- Got served partially blackened raisin toast, melted cheese on ritz, and pringles potato chips for breakfast by my grandfather who filled in for my Grandmother who had rheumatoid arthritis, (it was the best)
- Our Grandparents also had hershey bars, oatmeal cookies, and sometimes ice cream with pralines and chocolate sauce (my Mom also made a version of the pralines and chocolate sauce made out of scratch,) On one special day we celebrated their 50th anniversary with some of it.)
- Life was harder when Mom remarried as I was forced to mow a lot of lawns. But sometimes I had fun. One time I used the money I earned to walk into the nearby movie theater to watch “Return of the Jedi”.
- Listening to baseball games on the radio at night.
- Watching storms roll in and out.
- collecting lightning bugs
- Learning how to cook scrambled eggs, french fried potatoes, and hamburgers for the first time. Liking a pizza for the first time.
- Catching my first fish. My Dad acted like he was going to cook it but it really was too tiny to eat.
- Climbing Kennesaw Mountain in February, playing video games at Dave’s and Buster’s, watching the Hawks play the Bulls when the Bulls had Jordan, Pippen, and Rodman, and eating cheese fries during my first vacation in Atlanta.
(there is a longer list in my memory. The last one was one of more than you might imagine after the diagnosis. The others were childhood memories. My life wasn’t all terrible and there were good moments. There are things that couldn’t be that some take for granted but I will not dwell on that right now. I’ll save it for another time.)