"The Shackles were visiting us at Kirksville. Carl and Bob
got up early
to go some place. Ronnie woke up and asked "Where are you all going."
Carl said, "We're going crazy!" Ronnie pleaded, "Wait til I get my
shoes on. I want to go, too.!"
"Johnny used to ride his bicycle to school when he lived in
Independence, Kansas, and then walk home and ask 'where's my bicycle?'.
Johnny and Ronnie had to furnish their own towels for PE. Johnny always
left his towels at school and brought them all home at the same time at
the end of the year."
"When we were building our house in Lexington, Johnny and Ronnie
visit us. We had just picked strawberries and had two crocks full,
covered with sugar, in the refrigerator. They each ate one crock full
before bedtime and Ronnie asked if there were any more."
"When we were building our house in Lexington, Johnny, Ronnie, Karen
Wanda all came to visit for a week. We were extra busy working on the
house. To keep Johnny and Ronnie busy, Carl told them he'd pay them 25
cents if they'd move that mountain of dirt from the back yard to the
front yard. They got a wheelbarrow and two shovels and, boy, did they
Aunt Jackie and Uncle Carl
"I remember when we had an old fox skin. Johnny, Ronnie, Karen,
and Connie were at our house during Christmas vacation. Wanda was
afraid of that fox skin. Carl got down on his hands and knees and put
it on; and crawled around on the floor. She started screaming. Karen
and Connie would yell, "Do it again, do it again, Carl!".
"For New Years, we didn't have a punch bowl. I always made
and put it in the crock. That became a tradition. The Shackles,
Brooks', Mammaw and Poppy would come for New Year's weekend and we
always had punch in the crock."
"When the kids were real small, they always wanted me to be their
'horse". I'd get down on my hands and knees and give them a ride on my
back around the room. Ronnie would always run because he was going to
'jump' on the horse. About the time he'd get there, I'd hit the floor
and he'd go over the top, roll into the bed or couch. He'd come right
back and try it again."
"We were taking Mammaw and Poppy out to Girard. We stopped
restaurant by the Sedalia fairgrounds but Mammaw didn't see anything on
the menu she liked except for a sausage and a biscuit. The waitress
looked surprised and we laughed at her. She asked the waitress if she
could make her a sausage sandwich. Mammaw beat Wendy's and McDonald's
to the idea of a sausage sandwich."
"The week before Ronnie was to be born, we went out to Girard to
with the kids. The week passed, we were still waiting for Ronnie so we
took Karen, Wanda and Johnny home with us. It was a long trip home. We
stopped at every service station and restaurant, and one service station
that was even closed, to use the bathroom. When we got hom, Johnny
cried the whole night the first night (he was only 18 months old). He
wouldn't take a bottle, he wouldn't go to sleep. We walked the floor
all night. The next morning I said 'that's enough' and gave him a
spanking and got his attention. He didn't cry any more."
Gifts I gave Bob:
•the necklace made from two leather strings and sliced walnuts. Johnny
and Ronnie even wore it to school.
•a pig picture I framed with a barnboard frame I made.
•I took Cheerios and made "donut seeds"
•three course chicken dinner (wooden box with 3 kernels of corn in it)
And, last but not least:
"We were uptown at Armstrong early one morning. We saw Poppy
pulling the wagon behind the tractor. In the wagon were two little
urchins wearing headscarves. As Poppy got closer, we recognized them as
Johnny and Ronnie. I asked them why they were wearing those head
scarves. They said, "Mammaw wouldn't let us come unless we had
something on our heads."