When I see big colorful bangle jewelry or big full green indoor plants I think of Aunt Neda and how I loved her house. I will never see a make-up kit without thinking of Aunt Bonnie and the red lights on top of antennas and water towers remind me of Uncle Jerry telling me those were alien space ships.
I love rain gages because I remember helping my great grandfather put one up out by the clothes line. He died when I was 4 so that is the only memory I have of him. And saltine crackers with peanut butter and white milk glass chickens with peppermint candy make me smile because I think of Grandma when I see or eat those.
I spent years collecting the glasses we had when I was little because everytime I drank out of them they made me happy. I have so many things like that. I remember wrestling on the floor with my dad and the girl scout Jamboree with my mom. I remember when we moved to Quanah and my pretty pink rufflie flowery bedspread with my metal bed. And telling Doug to go tell mom he was scared so I could sleep on his bunkbed cause I didn't want to seem like a baby and say I was. I can close my eyes and tell you where everyone sat around Mamaw's table when we were all there.
And straight up, under no circumstances, absolutely NO CHICKENS IN THE BATHUB! One of the things I loved most about Mamaw's house was her clawfoot bathtub. I loved to fill that thing up and soak! I can remember going to Mamaw's house it the spring and the tub was full of chicks. We would have to clean out the tub before I could use it. When I decided to get chickens I said no chicks I only want layers because I don't want to deal with babies. I don't want chicks in my bathtub. Well I went to Tractor Supply yesterday and they had chicks. I caved. They are cute. The chirp and peep. It is adorable. I bought some. Couldn't help it. We got home and had to find a place for them to live until they are big enough to go outside in the pen.
What are we going to do with them? We can't leave them in the tiny little box they came in while we construct a place. We can't just put them out in something they would be cat food. What can we do? "Put them in the bathtub", I said. Oh My! Full circle I guess.