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The Skateboard

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Since  it is Tea on Tuesday, here is a scene that I would love to be inside of- since my thermometer reads 10 degrees (maybe even 9!) at 7:30 am!

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                                                                                          Photo courtesy of LINK

Today, I would like to share a childhood memory that came to me while sipping my tea………

When I was a kid, skateboards were becoming the “in” thing to have. I remember a neighbor, Pam- I would like to think she was a friend- but really I think, most of the time we were frenemies.

Seemed like Pam had everything. She had a St. Bernard named Bernie, some bunnies in a hutch out in the back yard. She was popular- having grown up in the neighborhood I had only recently moved in to.

She was the doted on baby of her family, got everything her heart desired- in my child eyes.

Her grandma made clothes for her dolls and trolls. I did get Pam’s grandma to make a nitegown and cap for my favorite stuffed bunny (I still have it somewhere!) She probably felt sorry for me- and I am sure I was a pest!

Pam even got boobs before I did – and probably a boyfriend- and to show off that blossoming figure, had a brown madras dress I so coveted!!!!

Pam and I would play together, walk the ” balance beam” on the white board fence that edged her yard, put secret notes to each other in a tiny cubby in the fence post, and rescue baby animals together. When her rabbit had babies, I got one – named Joey, and my grandfather built him a wonderful hutch.

But, I digress…….

When the neighborhood kids started to get skateboards, Pam, of course, got the best one ever!!

Her dad had a great wood shop in his garage. He made this beautiful polished wood aerodynamically shaped skateboard that was the envy of the neighborhood – and ME!

I know I must have begged her to ask her dad to make me one – but she did not. In my mind, she loved to lord it over all that she had the best dad AND the best skateboard.

My parents knew how much I wanted a skateboard, and set about making one for my brother and I.

Dad did not have a wood shop, and was not that proficient in that area, as far as I know. But, he and my mom were talented roller skaters- so they had that going for them.

My mom was artistic- and they put together these skateboards and painted them for my brother and I.

Of course we loved them, but I’m guessing I did not appreciate them as much as I should have – being a kid that had been bitten by the green eyed envy monster.

My skateboard was “merely” a rough plank of wood- probably slightly larger than a 2 x 4- with roller skate wheels and painted by my mother. I think the paints were from my father’s model airplane paints – one of the boards was painted silver with a black arrow. Dad attached a little eye hook at the end, so the skateboard could be hung in the attic storage when not in use.

I know I spent endless hours riding that board down my street- but it in no way compared to the aerodynamic wonder Pam’s dad had crafted. Kids are cruel, and I know I did not appreciate what my parents had created for me- as I do now!

I still see that skateboard in my mind’s eye, and wish I still had it – when I could have passed it down to my kids. But, my son had a store bought skateboard- very modern, aerodynamic, and expensive. I hope he appreciated it back then, I think he did.

It is still in the basement – he won’t part with it…..

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Chim Chiminey, Chim Chiminey……

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Chim chim cher-ee!
A sweep is as lucky
As lucky can be………….

I do SO beg to differ!!!!

I was just outside, before the frigid rain started – helping Mr. Green Jeans clean our 2 chimneys!!

Haute couture chimney sweep attire……..hat to ward off rain and soot, glasses to prevent soot from getting in the eyes, D/H’s police raincoat to keep me clean (and it had me tripping all over the place!)

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He was atop the roof, and I was on the ground supposedly  to pull the brush thru the chimney and release a couple of years’ worth of  encrusted ash and soot.

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Sunny, staring out the 2nd floor window, growling at this mysteriously garbed person in the back yard!!! (that would be me!)

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Mr. Green Jeans, taking the caps off

                                                                                                                  WELL!!!!

1st chimney was easy – not much soot at all.

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The 2nd chimney, needed someone with quite a bit more brute strength that I can muster- to try to yank, pull, and/or cajole this brush down and out!!!

Mr. Green Jeans- aka chief chimney sweep, had to climb up and down from the roof, multiple times to get the brush thru.

I was basically of little use!! LOL

On the last try, I did manage to pull the brush thru’- and I am sure my arms and legs will suffer for it in a day or so.

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Clearly, from my point of view, hardly worth all the effort. But, at least it is done!!!

Now, I suppose, we are safe from a chimney fire (fingers crossed!) But, it would have been well worth the money to ME, to have a professional come in and do it.

At least, I did not get covered in soot, and Mr. G.J. did not fall off the roof.

So, all’s well, that ends well – AND, we are still speaking to each other…..!!LOL

And, I SWEAR, this song was running thru’ my brain the WHOLE time!!!!!

 

Chim chiminey
Chim chiminey
Chim chim cher-ee!
A sweep is as lucky
As lucky can be

Chim chiminey
Chim chiminey
Chim chim cher-oo!
Good luck will rub off when
I shake ‘ands with you
Or blow me a kiss
And that’s lucky too

Now as the ladder of life
‘As been strung
You may think a sweep’s
On the bottommost rung

Though I spends me time
In the ashes and smoke
In this ‘ole wide world
There’s no ‘appier bloke

Chim chiminey
Chim chiminey
Chim chim cher-ee!
A sweep is as lucky
As lucky can be

Chim chiminey
Chim chiminey
Chim chim cher-oo!
Good luck will rub off when
I shake ‘ands with you
Or blow me a kiss
And that’s lucky too

Chim chiminey
Chim chiminey
Chim chim cher-ee!
A sweep is as lucky
As lucky can be

Chim chiminey
Chim chiminey
Chim chim cher-oo!
Good luck will rub off when
I shake ‘ands with you
Or blow me a kiss
And that’s lucky too

Chim chiminey
Chim chiminey
Chim chim cher-ee!
When you’re with a sweep
You’re in glad company

No where is there
A more ‘appier crew
Than them wot sings
“Chim chim cher-ee
Chim cher-oo!”
On the chim chiminey
Chim chim cher-ee
Chim cher-oo!

 

Sing along- with my favorite Dick Van Dyke!!!!! LINK