Hollyhock dolls and make-your-own fun
Up to the time when I was seven, when my parents got divorced, we were pretty much alone. You know, my big brother, myself, my sisters, we kind of just did our own thing. And we had a little pond, not quite as big as this. My sister almost drowned in it so they filled it in. But we used to go out and, when it rained, it was mud and stuff all around, we threw rocks or pennies in and we’d try and catch them with our toes, barefooted. It kept you busy. I grew up without any toys, so, you made your own and used to dress flowers, like hollyhocks, when they’re just starting to bud. Their heads, just when they’re starting to bud and the bottoms were their skirts.
[Lovely little ladies.]
Yes. And we’d make wreaths out of other kinds of flowers. It was kind of fun.We’d make crowns for people. Yeah, and then those ones they called, some kind of, bridle breeze. Oh, and we had a big, big rhubarb patch that was huge. And we’d play hide and seek in that and stuff. And there was a barn that we could play in. It was in town next to the cemetery and we used to go to the cemetery and play. When my parents got divorced, I moved on the other side of the cemetery and again this time my brother went on to the air force. No, the Navy I guess first. And my sister had gone and they started having the playground down there. It was a, used to be a brick yard, and so I spent a lot of time down there on the playground. It was fun. I played mostly with the boys. I was a tomboy. And when I got old enough to start growing breasts I had to lay off beating them up because I could usually win. And I liked to play baseball with them and stuff.