As you know, we have a few memories from our aunts and uncles that we’ll post from time to time. But we don’t have all that we’d like to have. If you have any stories that you’d like to share, you can use the contact link at the top of the page to send them in. This one is by Uncle Mahlon, and it’s really familiar to me. It almost seems like it was published before, but it’s listed as a draft now, so I’m just going to go ahead and publish it again. We’ll teach it.
One time Cleo and I wanted to play ball but we didn’t have a ball. So I found a tin can and put rocks in it and bent it shut. We played ball with this for awhile till the sun got in my eyes and it came down and hit me on top of the head and cut my head. Cut a hole in the top of my head. Mom promised to give me a nickel if I’d let her sew it up. It took three stitches. I let her but I don’t remember if I ever got the nickel.
That was one of three times she had to sew me up because of some nonsense. The second time she sewed me up I was trying to jump a barbed wire fence and I didn’t jump quite high enough and cut my ankle and she had to sew it up. Three or four stitches in it.
The third time I was chasing a calf. I caught it by the tail and it drug me for a ways. I cut my knee. Mom was good about it. She just soaked the needle and thread in Lysol water to disinfect it and sewed it up. That kept us from having to go to the doctor so often.
I was five or six years old and my namesake Gladys gave me a Santa Claus for Christmas in a box that had a pair of knickerbockers in it. Both of these were my pride and joy. I don’t ever remember having anything like that. I still have the Santa Claus. The knickerbockers pants and coat I always wore to church. I came home from church and had to go out and see if we had any eggs. The chicken house was divided in two parts. There was about an 18 inch square door between the two areas so when I gathered the eggs in one side I crawled to the other side and gathered the eggs putting them all in my pockets. When I came in the house to take out the eggs, I had already mashed the eggs in one pocket to where I had all these eggs running inside my pocket. Mom was a little displeased with me. I just remember her saying take it off so I can clean it and that’s the last I remember of that.
But I don’t think I got any more eggs with my suit on.