Me in the Middle of Memories to Memoirs 2nd Week

Candy Stripers

This past Wednesday was the second class of the Memories to Memoirs  writing course that I’m taking with OLLI ~ Osher Lifelong Learning Institute @ UVA.  Here’s the link to the first class ….. (Me in the Middle of OLLI)
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Teenage girls in the 50’s, who were thinking about becoming nurses, could volunteer at the hospital as a Candy Striper.  I came across my service badge ~ Holy Name Hospital (Our Lady’s Service).  It sparked a lot of memories for me …….. so long ago …….. and so many changes since then.
 
Badge Candy Striper 1950s

Photo by mlq

I remember well the day that I received the badge!  We were all gathered in the auditorium at Holy Name for the Service Ceremony …….. and Pat Boone, the 50’s pop singer, gave each of us our badge and a rose.  He and his family lived in Teaneck where the hospital was located.  We all wore pink and white striped pinafores which is where the name Candy Striper came from.

Pat Boone ~ April Love

(I was a Rick Nelson fan, myself.  😉 )

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The responsibilities I was given as a volunteer included sterilizing the baby bottles in the autoclave,and cleaning the circumcision boards and baby bassinets after each use.  I would string the alphabet beads on elastic cord to made the ID bracelets for mother and baby.  The Maternity Ward was a happy place for a fifteen-year-old Candy Striper as she went about refilling water pitchers with fresh water and delivering flowers and mail to the new moms.  More than any hope of becoming a nurse, I dreamed of one day holding my own newborn.

Maternity Ward Candy Striper

*Images by Pixabay*

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Me in the Middle of OLLI

Wednesday was the first class of the Memories to Memoirs writing course that I’m taking with OLLI ~ Osher Lifelong Learning Institute @ UVA.

My hope is to become inspired for more blogging material to be shared with any visitor that might wind up here at my website.  We were given a few questions to help us stir up some interesting stories from our childhood ……… What were your prized possessions? was one that I chose to write on.  This little brown piggy bank has been with me for over sixty years!!    

Piggy Bank 1940's

Thinking of my first Valentine………………. I remember when my dad walked in the door, dressed in a business suit from work, and handed me this piggy bank. It had chocolate heart lollipops sticking out of it. I still have the bank and it’s got cracks around the slot from me trying to get the money out with a knife.  

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………….. And this is my piggy pitcher.  I used it at breakfast time to pour milk on my cereal …………….. Cheerios, Puffed Rice, Rice Krispies, Shredded Wheat, Wheaties.  On the bottom it says ‘Patented ~ Smiley ~ USA’ .  It helps me remember where I sat at the kitchen table when my siblings and I had meals …… with my back to the window and facing the doorway leading into the hall.  My two brothers sat across from me (giving them every opportunity to annoy me with their goofy faces 😜 ) and I vaguely remember my little sister in the booster seat at the end of the table.  I’m not sure if piggy pitcher was one of a set?  I believer she was.    

Piggy Pitcher 1940s

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One of the men in the first class, Steve, talked about remembering sending away for his deed to 1-inch of Land in the Yukon.  I remember Sergeant Preston of the Yukon and I remember this on the box of cereal.  I wonder if my brothers sent for this too?  😀

50 Greatest Cereal Box Prizes

Yukon Gold

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What’s your prized possession from your childhood?

 

Me in the Middle ~ 9/11 Poem

Me In The Middle

september-11-fireman Pixabay

I just now discovered a poem I wrote on September 22, 2001 so I thought I’d share it:

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~ THEY HAVE NOT DIED IN VAIN ~

If we see life a bit clearer and appreciate its beauty
and glory alongside its horror and sorrow ~
They have not died in vain.

If we’ve reached out to those we love and
opened our hearts a bit more in trust ~
They have not died in vain.

If we’ve learned beyond a doubt that politics and religion
can be dividers of people as well as reconcilers of people ~
They have not died in vain

If we now know that God’s grace and love resides in the
hearts of individuals regardless of race, creed or country ~
They have not died in vain.

Freedom or fear; Love or fear; Courage or fear ~
Everyday battles fought in everyday lives.

If…

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Me in the Middle of ETSY.com

Labor Day Weekend is behind us and thoughts turn to the Holidays! I’ve had a lot of fun setting up my shop on ETSY! There’s a Package of Six Christmas/Holiday Greeting Cards. For anyone who loves Ireland, you’ll find 8 x 10 reproduction prints and note cards as well. Shipping is Free within the US.

I hope you’ll visit, mark as your favorite and share with friends and family!

Thank You!!

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SketchesbyMaryLou

https://www.etsy.com/listing/541710852/handmade-watercolor-christmasholiday?ref=shop_home_active_4

Me In The Middle

Christmas Roses #2 SketchesbyMaryLou

My Shop is now open!!  

My ETSY experience has been very similar to my WordPress experience ~ Plunge right in and ask questions later!  I guess that’s the way I learn.  Instead of reading up on everything and then beginning, I like to learn as I go along.  Similar to life, I guess.

After I received the first request to buy one of my sketch prints, I was determined to give all this a try.  It’s really fun and interesting.  Visiting the local printerand learning all about proofs and costs started me thinking about gifts for the family and possibly selling more.  I became more inspired the more I experienced and now I have a shop on ETSY.com.  Please click on the link and take a look!  🙂

Sketches by Mary Lou

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Haiku – Difficulty

It’s in the looking back that we’ve come to know how true this is….. And in the present moment that we’ve come to have faith and hope in the future. ❤

Find Your Middle Ground

mindfulness
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May the truth you seek
Rise out of difficulty
Find your Middle Ground
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Every experience we have in life is an opportunity to witness. To step back, observe and attend to.

Beneath the discomfort and suffering is something precious that wants to be known.

In times of difficulty, pause and be with whatever comes up. Give it space so you can feel it fully.

As you come to this place full of hard and hurtful edges, let yourself soften.

Open your heart to it, and let compassion melt the negative thinking and resistance.

Find your Middle Ground and the truth and love within.

Namaste

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