Annie. That is all I have to say and it brings fond memories and smiles to the faces of my siblings.
When I was about 3 years old, my parents purchased a house in Price Hill, a neighborhood in Cincinnati. We had a long back yard, and on the left side, 3 houses back yards meet up with our property. At that time there were no fences so it was wide open except for flower beds. As kids we thought it was HUGE, though on a recent trip to check out the house, as it was for sale, I was shocked at how small the yard really is. One strong memory there as I stood in the backyard was the 3rd house, Annie’s house.
Annie was probably in her 50’s at the time we moved in, and lived in the house with her husband, Erhart and I think her kids that were grown, Bob and Elaine. Oh and their old dog, Ginger. Annie had a great back porch and when we were all outside playing she’d call us over for our “quota”. Quota was candy, and she had the best candy! A few orange slices (those gummy kind covered in sugar) were my favorite, or marsh mellow peanuts. YUM! Annie was always a good ear, seemed to really love little kids and chatting with us.
She was also a good set of eyes for my parents when hell broke loose in the backyard and they needed to get to the bottom of who started it. One time I was showing my brother how to swing a baseball bat, as if he needed my assistance, and I hit him right up side the head. While he was screaming bloody murder, I ran up the side of the house and slipped in through the front door. Mom was exiting the backdoor to find out what my brother was crying over. I came out of the house behind her, acting all innocent while being tattled on. It might have worked had Annie not witnessed the crime and filled my mother in on the details. BUSTED!!!!
We moved away from there just before I started high school, and I lost track of Annie. I ran into her and her daughter at the grocery store after I myself became a mother. She was very old but was still our beloved Annie. I learned that her husband had passed away, and her son, Bob (a true to life hippie) and he had a falling out years prior and he left without looking back, and didn’t know his dad had died. I could see the pain in Annie’s face as she shared that with me. It broke my heart to think that an argument could split two people that loved each other and cause damage that would forever be beyond repair now that one of them had left this world.
I hope to be remembered like Annie some day. She was so sweet, and she reminds me of a time when my world was so much simpler and happy, when something as simple as a few pieces of candy and the lick from a dog on my cheek could make me smile!
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What a cute house… and what a wonderful woman Annie sounds like. We all need people like that in our lives .. 🙂
Wow! It has been a long time since I thought about her. I miss those days – all of us were so close then and had such great times!
LOVE that you took a positive spin on the “neighbor” challenge! And I loved this story… She fits her name. 🙂
Thank you for sharing your story of Annie. She sounds like a wonderful woman. And what a great house!
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Such awesome memories living on that street. I cherish every one of them. Walking to school which seemed so far away. And those rare rainy days when your dad would drive us – what a treat! Standing on opposite street corners yelling across until one of my brothers would finally show up to cross us! (Or standing on the double yellow line because it was safe since cars were not allowed to go there – a child’s logic!). I visited our house when it was for sale too, and couldn’t believe how small everything seemed. I endeavored to give my kids the kind of memories I carry from those days. Happy days 🙂
They were very happy days!!! Our old house is in foreclosure and only $50k, I wish I could buy it.
Those years slipped through our fingers unnoticed, and were the shortest part of our lives. Amazing that they stir emotions in us that make it hard to see the keyboard
Indeed….sorry about hitting you LOL
Neighbors like that are one in a million. You were so lucky to have Annie.
Oh I agree! I love that all of us in the family felt that way about her.
I love your story and the old house you use to live in!
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Thanks Bruna!!! headed over your way now….
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