from week long hospital stays, from beaded bracelets that were pink or blue and contained beads that spelled out the baby's last name. From gleaming white, high ceiling hospital rooms with starched sheets and a lingering incense smell from the Chapel down the hall. I am from cloth diapers, belly bands and shirts that tied with little strings on the side, shirts will long sleeves worn by both summer and winter babies.
I am from an era of baby contests, both beauty and 'look alike'. I am from a time and place of being a Junior Princess in a Baby Sandy 'look alike' contest. I am from so long ago that no memory of this exists anymore. I am from a 3 adults family, from being an only child for nearly 7 years.
I am from hair worn in pigtails with ribbons,and little cotton dresses for all seasons,from scratchy wool sweaters and long brown or white stockings. I am from tangled garter belts with twisted shoulder straps to drive you crazy. I am from nickle photo booths in dime stores to capture memories. I am from corner grocery stores with squeaky wooden floors that slant and slope, from penny candy counters where a nickle went so very far. From regular business hours and closed on Sundays. From fresh butchers meat counters and nickle tablets and penny pencils. I am from 8 crayon colors in my box. I am from comic books and paper dolls.
I am from first day of school pictures, from hanky pinned to your dress, and ribbons to match what you wore. I am from dusty, chalk filled blackboards and President Washington on the wall. I am from Pledge of Allegiance to our flag, and from "Duck and Cover" drills. From wooden school desks with pencil holder across the top. From recess on the playground and games of hopscotch and jacks. From swings on iron chains and merry-go-rounds. I am from ringing school bells on old red brick school buildings, and cinders on the playground. From elderly spinster teachers in dresses smelling faintly of perspiration and Mum antiperspirant, in it's white cream form. From sensible brown shoes that laced and tied and blue jeans that zipped on the side. From all that and so much more, in the years from 1940 through 1945.