As senior citizens we continue to look back at our childhoods with fond memories. So many of us "oldsters" make those old days stories the main topic of our discussions, thus the recalling of the old days becomes our social life. I look around at the people in Wolfe's looking at us with both mean stares and big smiles. Our laughter does fill the room at times.
The outhouse stories are funny. I recalled when I lived at my aunt and uncle's place, as having a three-stooler with the Sears catalog for toilet paper. One of my friends replied, "You must have been upper crust." Well, that made me proud.
That house was down on the 900 block of Pyle Street. It could even have been the smallest house on the block but it was a mansion to me. I had lived in the St. John's Orphanage for three years, from 6 to 9 years old. My father had been in the Army and my mother worked three jobs. Her main employment was in the lard department at Cudahay's Packing House. My Aunt Buetta and Uncle Ivan took me in as if I were one of their own.
In that humble home I came to have all those great happy childhood memories. Killing the chickens on Sunday after 10 a.m. Mass was the Sunday dinner ritual. After dinner we went to the Osage show. Before Sunday Mass, my cousins Kathy and Marilyn Meyers and I went to Daniels Funeral Home and picked up the fans to place several in each pew at St. Thomas Church.
In this humble home I came to know playing marbles, paper dolls, coloring books, yo-yos, cowboy movies every Saturday at the Osage and I still recall my cousins Allen, Marilyn and Kathy Meyers as my immediate family. I came to know the Armourdale Community House, St. Thomas School and Church, and Shawnee Park inside and out.
Those places provide me with many, many more fond memories for our "good old days" stories during breakfast at Wolfe's, in addition to Wyandotte Daily News and Carole Diehl's great column for inspiration. Thank you and keep up the good work.
Patty Dysart grew up in Armourdale and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.