Today’s post comes from Barbara in Robbinsdale.
I was helping my mom clean out her bedroom closet the other day, and we came upon an envelope with pages she had jotted down in pencil between 1949 and 1951. I was the elder child, and “got her to myself” for four years before I was de-throned, and she had time to do this:
Autumn 1949 (age 1½)
Sang “Ho Ho Ho” (Up on a Housetop) when she heard Mother singing. Puckered up lips till she looked like a fish.
Heard soap opera [on radio] in which someone was crying “Oh, No, No!”, so she had to say “No No” for about two minutes straight.
Her first movie “Adventure in Baltimore” when actress said “up there” emphatically. Barby thought she was saying “upstairs”, so she said it too (ah-dee).
First time she attended church service, good for the first half hour, then started crawling under the seat. Began to dance to the organ music when we walked in.
Runs along behind me and laughs when I’m wiping off clothes lines.
Found a wash cloth and started dusting the furniture with it, wood, upholstery and all. I thought it was plenty smart of her till I picked her up and she wiped my face with it.
One day when I took her upstairs for her nap, I put her in the rocking chair while I changed the sheet on her crib. When I was almost through she jumped out of the chair and walked downstairs as fast as she could, chuckling all the way.
Threw her toy doggie down the basement stairs, then went down after him, saying all the way “Hi Dizzie.”
Winter ’49-’50 (20 months)
Found her down on the floor saying “Hi” to a box-elder bug.
After watching me peel potatoes one day when she pulled a chair up to the sink, she tried putting the peelings back through the peeler.
Decided a graham cracker cookie tastes better if she pulls it apart, licks off the frosting and throws the cracker on the floor.
Winter 1950-51 (age 2½)
Asked where Grandma Sterling was, and when I said “In Sioux City” she said “No, she’s in da picture”. I guess Grandma can’t be both places at once.
Her prayers at age 3: “Now I lay me… God bless Mommy and Daddy and Grampa and Grandma Britson and Grampa and Grandma Sterling and all da people in da world, and da babies and da chickens.”
Sings and plays: “do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti-do”. Her repertoire: nursery rhymes, Christmas songs, Frosty the Snowman, Here Comes Peter Cottontail, I Love You a Bushel and a Peck, Zing Zing Zoom Zoom My Little Heart Goes Boom.
An oldest child may also find more photos of themselves than the younger children.
What evidence or memory (yours or someone else’s) exists somewhere that you were a toddler?