Tuesday, October 23, 2018
One of the towns we lived in was almost idyllic. School was wonderful and I had the best teacher I ever had.
It was a small town and we knew everyone. In the summer it was safe for children to wander all over. If we had a problem any adult would help us out.
Once our chores were done in the morning we played wherever our fancied took us. There was a large park at the top of the hill. We often played at the school grounds because it was closer. And there was a small lake outside of town.
The lake was surrounded by trees and we loved going there. It was off limits though. None of us could swim so we never went into the water. Adults knew accidents happen and told us to stay away. So we snuck off and went there sometimes anyway. Luckily none of those accidents happened and we all survived.
At the end of summer was watermelon day. The farmers would bring in some of their freshly harvested goods. A cow and a pig were donated and cooked for more than a day in a pit deep in the ground. Families in town made salads and desserts of all kinds.
All the food was free. The whole town and all the farmers gathered together to eat and socialize. It was my favorite celebration of the whole year.
Afterward we went to the free show.
The free show was held every Saturday night during the spring and summer ... as long as it did not rain.
There was a huge screen much like the screens at a drive-in theater. In front of the screen there were rows of benches for us to sit on.
Saturday was the night the farmers came to shop and visit. The men would gsther at the fire station to play cards and the women gathered to talk and make quilts.
The free show gave the children something to do. We sometimes watched older movies and sometimes new ones. There were a lot of waesterns because that was what ws popular in the 50's.
Saturday was the day I got my allowance. 25 cents was what I received. 5 cents was put aside for the collection at Sunday school. The rest was mine to use in any way I wished.
Before the free show I would stop at the little grocery store where I would buy a bottle of pop for 5 cents. I would buy either a candy bar for 5 cents or 5 cents worth of penny candy. That way I had a snack while I watched the free show.
I understand that times change. I sure do miss the free show and watermelon day though