Thread: Memories with your parents?

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    • 10 years 3 days ago
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    Most of us have memories as a kid of a great christmas or birthday with our parents, I'm talking about a small memory that for some reason has stuck with you. My father passed away when I was 8 years old and My mother passed away just last year. We often forget what our parents mean to us. For those of us that have lost a parent or both it can be the small things we remember that brings a smile to our face. My mother and I were the two in the family that were movie and tv junkies, she is where I got my love for entertainment. To tie in with a RJ theme, I recently came across a posting that mentioned the movie Hook. When this movie came out on vhs in early 1992 I was 8. We rented the movie right when it came out and watched it that night and it was an instant favorite of mine. Then next morning I got up early and my mom was already up. I came into the living room and sat next to her, I saw the movie still sitting on top of the vcr. I looked at her and said "Mom I really liked that movie" she looked at me and said "it was good, lets watch it again". I popped it back in and watched it together just the two of us, while the rest of the family slept in. Like I said this isn't a life changing memory, but one that always comes to mind when I see this movie. Just a small event in my life that makes me think of my mother and how much I miss her.

    Anyone else have a memory with a parent that comes up randomly when you come across something?
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    • 10 years 3 days ago
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    As clear as a television image, I was strapped into my yellow & white highchair while my mom and my grandma were fixing breakfast. My mom turns towards me and places on the chair's serving tray a bowl of oatmeal (still my favorite food!) and she has a warm smile.

    My mom had on a blue/ red/ black striped, pleated dress that went all the way down to mid-calf, like the ones Beaver's mom wears on "Leave It To Beaver". My grandma was wearing one of her flower-patterned summer dresses that went lower on her legs.

    The whole scene lasts about one minute.

    But I was still in my high chair, so I guess the year was 1958.
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    • 10 years 5 hours ago
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    I have a ton, which I guess is lucky. I'm an only child, but I do remember my parents working long hours and not being able to take vacations when I was young, so I'm glad about the time we spent together.

    My fondest memories are watching TV with my father after dinner. My Mom has always been and "early to bed, early to rise" kind of person, so she would get ready for bed and my Dad and I would grab dessert and watch something that she always hated, like The Simpsons. My family watched a lot of TV together.
    • 9 years 11 months ago
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    Fishing and camping.
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    • 9 years 11 months ago
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    My dad took me to a lot of movies. When I was 9 or 10, he took me on a haunted hayride and the Headless Horseman came out and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. My dad also played a lot of games with me and sometimes my sister, too. We played frisbee a lot and we play Chess together. I also have vague memories of playing Donkey Kong with him on our NES...

    My mom read to me a lot and took me to the mall, too. I loved it when my mom would lay in bed with me (and sometimes my sister) and she would read us Berenstein Bear books. I loved them so so much.
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    • 9 years 11 months ago
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    Going to Shoneys on Saturdays with Mom, Dad, Brother, Grandma, Grandpa and me. My parents had a chevy stationwagon and it was always fun for me because I got to sit in the back/open area with my dad; my mom would drive us there.

    Plus going in the winter time to see who would be the next Griswold with all the lights and stuff.
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    • 9 years 11 months ago
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    ^ Put on "Holiday Road". Instant win.
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    Dad:

    Fishing and trips to the hardware store,

    Our church used to have an annual flea market and they had my dad and I on security watch the night before the sale to make sure no one robbed the jewelry and fine china. My sister would loan us her portable TV.

    Mom:

    Taking me along to the various local malls in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, there were four near our house. We also went to the Sears Clearing House a lot. My mom would take a long time at Sears but If I was good I'd get some candy, a toy or a used book or record.

    Whole family:

    On Sunday after church we'd do something all together. Sometimes we watched the SNL episode my parents taped the night before. This would have been the late 80's/ early 90's years with Phil Hartman, a great period for the show. Other times we'd watch Jeff Smith or Julia Child on PBS, rent a movie, play a board game, go to one of the local beaches or visit friends of ours who lived an hour out of town.
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    • 9 years 11 months ago
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    Quote by Dyzfunk7ional
    ^ Put on "Holiday Road". Instant win.



    Hell yeah!!
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    • 9 years 11 months ago
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    When my brother and me were young, my parents would take us on day trips to places like Lurray Caverns and other places along the Blue Ridge Parkway in VA, or to the Eastern Shore in MD.
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    • 9 years 11 months ago
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    My uncle died last weekend and it stirred up memories of when I was a child, swimming in the pool at my childhood home. Every weekend during the summer, we had so many friends and family stop by and it was always a lot of fun playing my cousins, getting sun burnt, swimming all day long and completely exhausting ourselves.

    My parents don't get along very well any more and it seems so many people that made those times special have passed onbut I have so many great memories of my parents and family in general.

    Just playing wiffle ball in our yard with my dad, or Legos and Matchbox cars, or card games.

    During summer when I was home, my mom would take me with her to the mall. At the time, it was our way to cool down because it was so hot outside.

    Times change, relationships change, but memories are always there and it is seems that more and more that I just sit back and reflect on days past.
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    • 9 years 11 months ago
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    Quote by chainsawsmalls
    My uncle died last weekend and it stirred up memories of when I was a child, swimming in the pool at my childhood home. Every weekend during the summer, we had so many friends and family stop by and it was always a lot of fun playing my cousins, getting sun burnt, swimming all day long and completely exhausting ourselves.

    My parents don't get along very well any more and it seems so many people that made those times special have passed onbut I have so many great memories of my parents and family in general.

    Just playing wiffle ball in our yard with my dad, or Legos and Matchbox cars, or card games.

    During summer when I was home, my mom would take me with her to the mall. At the time, it was our way to cool down because it was so hot outside.

    Times change, relationships change, but memories are always there and it is seems that more and more that I just sit back and reflect on days past.


    Sorry for your loss. I know how you feel, in the last 2 years I lost my Mom and also an aunt and uncle(both of which were like second parrents to me). But like you said we always have our memories.
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    • 9 years 11 months ago
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    Quote by One_Louder
    Dad:

    Fishing and trips to the hardware store,

    Our church used to have an annual flea market and they had my dad and I on security watch the night before the sale to make sure no one robbed the jewelry and fine china. My sister would loan us her portable TV.

    Mom:

    Taking me along to the various local malls in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, there were four near our house. We also went to the Sears Clearing House a lot. My mom would take a long time at Sears but If I was good I'd get some candy, a toy or a used book or record.

    Whole family:

    On Sunday after church we'd do something all together. Sometimes we watched the SNL episode my parents taped the night before. This would have been the late 80's/ early 90's years with Phil Hartman, a great period for the show. Other times we'd watch Jeff Smith or Julia Child on PBS, rent a movie, play a board game, go to one of the local beaches or visit friends of ours who lived an hour out of town.


    I loved fishing trips with my dad as well, it's one of the things I remember most about our time together and going to the gun range when he taught me how to shoot.
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    • 9 years 11 months ago
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    Quote by mysticwryter
    Going to Shoneys on Saturdays with Mom, Dad, Brother, Grandma, Grandpa and me. My parents had a chevy stationwagon and it was always fun for me because I got to sit in the back/open area with my dad; my mom would drive us there.

    Plus going in the winter time to see who would be the next Griswold with all the lights and stuff.


    I used to love Shoney's breakfast bar before ours closed down. There is one right down the road from some relatives of mine in West Virginia. I stopped for the breakfast bar on a trip there last year and it was horrible. Seemed to have changed a lot over the years.
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    • 9 years 11 months ago
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    My mom went back to work when I was in the 2nd grade. There were times it was just my dad and I since my mom and him worked different shifts. For about a year he was also unemployed after his heart attack. This was about a year after my mom started working. He would watch TV with me even though he didn't care for all the shows I watched. I would help him do projects around the house. We would do little stuff like go together to get a haircut and we would usually stop and get some fast food. During the summer we would stay up late and watch TV and talk. He would tell me all of his stories from his childhood, when he was in the military, when he hung out with the mob and many more. We went fishing several times too.

    I spent a lot of time with my mom before I started school and never had to go to a daycare. My dad always worked nights so my dad was hardly home during the evening. I always felt like I got away with more without my dad home. Anyway my mom and I used to take the bus downtown and spend the day walking around. We would take the bus to the mall too (she didn't drive BTW). She would always buy me a cookie and an Icee for The Great American Cookie Co. She would tell me stories too.
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    • 9 years 11 months ago
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    Quote by bassman21
    My mom went back to work when I was in the 2nd grade. There were times it was just my dad and I since my mom and him worked different shifts. For about a year he was also unemployed after his heart attack. This was about a year after my mom started working. He would watch TV with me even though he didn't care for all the shows I watched. I would help him do projects around the house. We would do little stuff like go together to get a haircut and we would usually stop and get some fast food. During the summer we would stay up late and watch TV and talk. He would tell me all of his stories from his childhood, when he was in the military, when he hung out with the mob and many more. We went fishing several times too.

    I spent a lot of time with my mom before I started school and never had to go to a daycare. My dad always worked nights so my dad was hardly home during the evening. I always felt like I got away with more without my dad home. Anyway my mom and I used to take the bus downtown and spend the day walking around. We would take the bus to the mall too (she didn't drive BTW). She would always buy me a cookie and an Icee for The Great American Cookie Co. She would tell me stories too.


    You reminded me of a memory of my father when you mentioned the cookie and icee. Everday after kindergarten my dad would pick me up and we would stop at Village Pantry, a local conveniece store, and get a Reese's cup and a Barq's root beer.
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    • 9 years 11 months ago
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    When I was younger, one of the things I enjoyed the most was visiting Poland Springs campground in Maine. It was a campground where people had tents, cabins, Rv's and trailers. There was a big lake and a swimming pool and a little store. My uncle had a big Camper that had a bedroom and two pull out couch beds. Most of the time i'd drag my fan with me and my best friend and I (she normally tagged along) and my brother and sister would all sleep on the screened in porch with the fan plugged in and blowing on us. He had these tarps that would pull over the screen of the porch so that it would be nice and pitch black and cool and no mosquitos would get in. I remember it wasn't overly comfortable on the porch, but it was so nice and cool that we didn't mind so much. It wasn't exactly camping, since we weren't actually OUTSIDE but since we were sleeping on the porch and it took us over an hour to drive there from home we considered it close

    Going swimming in the pool and out on the lake and then at night sitting in the cozy camper and watching movies on that teeny tiny tv/vhs combo he had are some great memories. He had a pit where we built fires and toasted marshmellows and hotdogs.

    My uncle is still alive, but he sold his camper years ago. He started having flashbacks to vietnam and has been depressed for years. He sees a therapist but i'm not sure it's helping. We don't get to see him often at all and he is hard to get a hold of. Sometimes we fear the worst when we can't get a hold of him. Sometimes you really wish you could go back to simpler times.
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    • 9 years 11 months ago
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    I was four years old. I remember my dad had just put in new bright red carpet into his Audi Fox. He was in a good mood, so he decided he would take me and Mom out for an ice cream. We went to one of those old Dairy Queens that served people outside. It was night time. After my dad bought me a chocolate dipped cone, he sternly warned me not to mess up the carpet.

    Yeah, because I was one of those perfect four-year-olds who never made a mess... :rolleyes:

    We began to drive off down the street. Naturally, I had difficulty eating through the hard topping--I had never eaten a dipped cone before. Next thing I knew, my cone had slipped out of my hand, top-first onto my dad's precious carpet.

    My dad just started screaming at me. Then, he grabbed my ice cream and threw it out the window. My Mom got really pissed, and in defiance of him, threw her ice cream out of the window also.

    Good ol' dad dropped us both off at our front door, and left for a few hours (probably to get drunk).

    Mom and I were sitting there in our dining area. I was sobbing--more upset about the ice cream then getting screamed at (at least he didn't hit me or my Mom this time). Mom took a quart of Tin Roof Sundae out of the freezer and scooped some in a bowl for me. That seemed to make everything better. She has always had a way of brightening things up, no matter how screwed up things were.
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    • 9 years 11 months ago
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    Quote by Yodamite
    I was four years old. I remember my dad had just put in new bright red carpet into his Audi Fox. He was in a good mood, so he decided he would take me and Mom out for an ice cream. We went to one of those old Dairy Queens that served people outside. It was night time. After my dad bought me a chocolate dipped cone, he sternly warned me not to mess up the carpet.

    Yeah, because I was one of those perfect four-year-olds who never made a mess... :rolleyes:

    We began to drive off down the street. Naturally, I had difficulty eating through the hard topping--I had never eaten a dipped cone before. Next thing I knew, my cone had slipped out of my hand, top-first onto my dad's precious carpet.

    My dad just started screaming at me. Then, he grabbed my ice cream and threw it out the window. My Mom got really pissed, and in defiance of him, threw her ice cream out of the window also.

    Good ol' dad dropped us both off at our front door, and left for a few hours (probably to get drunk).

    Mom and I were sitting there in our dining area. I was sobbing--more upset about the ice cream then getting screamed at (at least he didn't hit me or my Mom this time). Mom took a quart of Tin Roof Sundae out of the freezer and scooped some in a bowl for me. That seemed to make everything better. She has always had a way of brightening things up, no matter how screwed up things were.




    This one went to a dark place. I am truly sorry you had a father like that. I guess we don't all have the greatest memories of our parents, I wish I had more to say to you but I can't even pretend to know what you experienced and I hope you are doing well now.
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    • 9 years 10 months ago
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    One of my favorite memories:
    My Dad and I weren't that close when I was younger. Not going to go into why. But once in a while, we'd have a good bonding experience. And one of my favorites was going to see the Star Wars Special Edition with him in theaters when it first came out.
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