This challenge is sponsored by P.S. Annie! It’s called 19-Somethin’, where participants answer a question about their past each day of September. Sounds like a fun way to spend a September, right?
- Tell me about the first home you remember living in with your parents.
The first home I remember was in Gainesville, Florida. My father moved us there from Mississippi so he could get his PhD at the University of Florida.
The house was a one-story brick house on a crawl space. I shared a bedroom with my sister. It had another bedroom, a kitchen, dining room and living room. There was a detached garage and we had some nice neighbors. I have quite a few memories from that house, some good, some bad.
One poignant memory I have is my sister and I holding hands – each in our separate beds – while listening to the radio announcement of which birthdays were pulled for Selective Service. This was during the Vietnam War. We were young but we knew about the war and how many people weren’t coming back. As an aside, later on in the 70s I had a POW bracelet – my soldier never came home. He was and still is MIA.
Me on the front stops of the house, Summer 1966.