May 07, 2008 Carol and Bob visited Daisy and me last Saturday and we celebrated Carol's birthday. After they left I took a trip down Memory Lane.
As with all little girls, Carol loved to pick dandelions and bring them to me. She called them 'fossies.' As in the enclosed picture of Lee and Carol, she picked only the heads. I thought it cute until one day she came in with a handful of narcissus heads. But, we carefully got that straightened out.
When our children were small we always had both sets of grandparents over for birthday supper. I always fixed their favorite foods. Carol's was spaghetti and meatballs. Sometimes Grandpa and Grandma Brooks were on their way home from Florida for the winter. They would have their trailer and spend a few days before going on to Capac. Grandma Brooks always had lots of goodies for her grandchildren.
When Carol was probably in the third grade I had a surprise overnight party for her. She got off the school bus and came in the house all dejected because nothing exciting was happening for her birthday. What she didn't know was that I had gone to school and picked up several of her little friends and they were upstairs waiting to surprise her. By early evening there were tornado warnings. While Red and I were out watching the skies, the girls were upstairs having a good old fashioned feather pillow fight. You guessed it. The room looked like a chicken coop, plus they broke my favorite and original lampshade for the old fashioned, hanging, middle of the room light fixture. But, no tornado and now it is a pleasant memory, even the squabble over who would get to sleep on the mattress on the floor. I thought it would be the other way around.
I toyed with the idea of doing the same for the boys. I decided against that and instead, had an after school party.