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Friday, January 5

Saturday Photo Hunt #5: Memory


There are few surfaces, in and around my home, that these wheels haven't rolled over. Picture, if you will, a tiny little girl, happily loading her babies, stuffed animals, and other treasures into (or on top of) her dolly stroller and taking them all for an afternoon outing.

A leisurely stroll through Mommaw's kitchen, dining room, living room, foyer, and back again to the kitchen, stopping now and then for a friendly chat with the lady of the house, was routine. Or, on nice days, it would be up and down the sidewalk, the driveway, or the street outside, cheerfully waving "hi" to passing neighbors and strangers. 'Round and 'round, back and forth - miles and miles. A vivid imagination and precious, sweet memories live in this little $10 toy.

It stays parked in our garage now, still and empty - with no little girl to fill it full of dollies, and no tiny little hands to come and take it for a walk. If you close your eyes though, and listen real hard, sometimes you can almost hear a little girl giggle and see a blue-haired Madeline dolly ready for her ride ...

That baby girl, my first-born grandchild, turns 21 years old this month. In a few more years her grown-up hands will, no doubt, be pushing a real stroller, loaded with a real baby - and creating a whole new set of memories.

But this stroller, and the memories it holds, will live in my heart forever.
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At 1/06/2007 1:20 AM, Anonymous abe-hap said...

lovely memories of your granddaughter

Marianne I cant see the picture of the stroller - only the word memory?

At 1/06/2007 2:09 AM, Blogger Pamela said...

Oh, I so enjoyed the darling picture you painted as you took us gentle down memory lane.

You look wonderful for having a 21 year old Granddaughter!!!

My daughter Chrystal had the same babydoll stroller and at like four years old she crawled in it herself...too cute! :) Funny how it all comes back!

At 1/06/2007 2:34 AM, Blogger PastorMac's Ann said...

Awww, what a sweet sweet memories this little buggy holds. Time just seems to fly by. We have to enjoy every minute.

Perfect pick for the hunt this week.

(love your music BTW. Talk about memories!)

At 1/06/2007 5:08 AM, Anonymous Danella said...

Awwww how sweet! Its a pretty little stroller and a great memory.

At 1/06/2007 9:22 AM, Anonymous Debbie said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Such a great memory here! Thanks for the share!
Mine is up! Happy Saturday!

At 1/06/2007 11:27 AM, Blogger Barbara said...

What a great story. I hope the cycle of life repeats itself, seems there is much worth repeating in your family.

At 1/06/2007 1:01 PM, Blogger srp said...

Oh the times little girls have with their baby dolls and strollers... mommies in training. And grandmas are so good to keep these things for future generations of little girls.
Mine is up too.

At 1/06/2007 2:32 PM, Blogger roman said...

Thank you very much for sharing your lovely memory with me and the others. There's nothing like having a piece of material a stroller in your case that can bring back the lighter and amusing days of the past :)

Happy Hunting

p.s. the characters on my site were called
Davey and Goliath

I had to eliminate that post because my "memory" failed me. I didn't use a photo of my own.

At 1/06/2007 4:21 PM, Blogger Nicki said...

Oh what a gorgeous memory! You write so well I can picture it :)

Thanks for visiting!

At 1/06/2007 5:49 PM, Blogger Teena said...

What a nice story :)

Mine's up too :)

At 1/06/2007 6:10 PM, Blogger debi said...

How incredibly sweet! Practically had tears in my eyes...how is that they all grow up so fast?!!

At 1/06/2007 6:38 PM, Blogger ChupieandJ'smama said...

This is the best one I've seen today. Not so much for the picture (although it is nice), but for the sweet words from the Grandma. Thank you so much for sharing your very special memory.

At 1/06/2007 7:42 PM, Blogger Heather said...

What a sweet story, hopefully you will have new little ones soon to come push it all over your house!

Mine is up.

At 1/06/2007 8:44 PM, Blogger LibertyBelle said...

That is just adorable!
Thanks for sharing such a warm story!
Great photo.
happy weekend
Mine's up too!

At 1/07/2007 10:11 PM, Blogger Dawn said...

Wow, what a great memory and even a greater way you had of sharing it. I love your writing. :) Thanks for sharing your story. I found it very touching.

take care,

At 1/09/2007 11:53 PM, Blogger ~**Dawn**~ said...

you share some truly percious memories, Marianne. i hope my Gram had lots of those kinds of memories of me tucked into her heart.


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