Throwback Thursday #18 – Naughty or Nice

Welcome back to Throwback Thursday. Lauren has come up with an interesting topic this week.  Click here to read her post and see what topics she suggests that might help you respond. If you want to join in, it’s easy:

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This week’s prompt is: Naughty or Nice

My post follows:

Overall I was a pretty good kid I think. Being the youngest of four siblings, I watched the repercussions of the things my brothers and sisters did and decided it was easier to behave. That does not mean I never broke the rules or did things my parents would not approve of – it was just rare.

For example, one Saturday my best friend and I went into the 5 and 10 cent store and stole cheap adjustable rings – kids costume jewelry. We told our parents we bought them for a nickel at a rummage sale in town.

This friend and I would become step-sisters later in life. We decided to confess to her mom and my dad about the rings we stole as kids because they had no idea. We all laughed about it, but later that day, they both came out of the bedroom with a looped belt in hand to give us a few whacks for punishment – some 30 years later.

One Valentines Day, I wanted so badly to give my crush (his last name was Berry) a present.  It is ridiculous to think about now. I was in fifth grade and he was a senior in high school (all grades 1-12 were in the same school). I thought he was so handsome! When my dad was napping, I snuck into his room and stole a quarter from his pants pocket. I took the quarter and two candy hearts and put them into a kid’s valentine that said “You’re My Cup of Berries” which I thought was fitting considering his last name. I gave it to my older sister to give to him. Before classes started, he came around to my classroom (all my friends swooned) and thanked me. He told me it was the nicest thing anyone had ever done for him. I was over the moon. I think back about how kind he was to acknowledge my little girl crush with such kindness. My dad never knew I stole that quarter.

I never drank or smoked. I have written about most of the antics I got into such as using my Dad’s expensive Polaroid camera or hitting the stop sign with the car when I was learning to drive.

I always tried to be nice although I was painfully shy most of my life. I never bullied anyone nor was I bullied. There were a few times I remember being made fun of for the clothes I wore or for my southern accent, but that’s it.

My brother and I skipped school a few times. It was so easy to say we missed the bus. Back in those days, there was no parent available to cart us back and forth to school. If we missed the bus, we missed school that day. They caught on to us, though and put a stop to that.

My parents were pretty lenient with me. I was the youngest and by the time my teen years rolled around, I think they had tired of being too restrictive and in return I never gave them much of any reason to be worried.


One Liner Wednesday – Is There a Santa Claus?

“Is There a Santa Claus?”

This editorial originally from the New York Sun has become the classic response to a child’s question. I always enjoy reading it again.

“Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”

Newspaper Article

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Church Christmas Pageants

Three wisemen
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

This morning I was struck with the memories of our church Christmas pageants. Held on Christmas Eve, the pageants told the Christmas story performed by all the children in the community.

Our community had two small churches of different Christian denominations, but the pageant often included the entire community.

Shepherds were dressed in loosely wrapped white sheets, carrying a stick to symbolize a shepherd’s crook.

The three wise men were often dressed in a bathrobe, tied at the waist, with a striped towel as a headdress, carrying gifts wrapped in shiny gold paper.

Angels were draped in white sheets with silver tinsel atop their heads to serve as halos. Wings were made from wire hangers or cardboard covered in tinfoil and trimmed with tinsel.

The children acted out the Christmas story as the scripture was read aloud. I cannot say how many times I have heard these verses read aloud, but I can tell you the story is a part of me.

This story of the birth of Christ will never leave me. It is an enduring message of love to those who believe.

No matter what your beliefs, or how you celebrate this season, I send you all wishes for a safe and blessed season. For me, it is Christmas and the story of God’s eternal love.

No matter what you personally believe, the message for me has always been clear – to love as I have been loved.


More WordPress Frustrations

This morning I wanted to reblog one of my old posts only to find the reblog button missing – again.

The button was moved from the settings menu to the tools menu sometime back. I checked my tools/marketing settings and the reblog and share buttons are all active.

Now, the reblog button appears on some posts – but not all, and not on the post I wanted to reblog.

I edited the post in question and the ‘show sharing buttons’ checkbox is on.

I give up.


Song Lyric Sunday – Callin’ Baton Rouge

The prompt from Jim:

This week the theme is songs that feature lyrics associated with electronic communication devices (pagers, iPhone, Android, fax machine, computer, TV).

“Callin’ Baton Rouge” is a country song written by Dennis Linde and first recorded by The Oak Ridge Boys in 1978. The song was later recorded by New Grass Revial in 1989 but it only reached #37 on the charts.

Garth Brooks always liked the song and felt like it was a bit overlooked on the charts. He pulled several prior members of the New Grass Revival back into the studio to record the song with him.

Brooks’ version of the song was a more upbeat rock country arrangement. It was released on his album “In Pieces” in 1998 and reached #2 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.

The song tells the story of presumably a truck driver who met a woman in Baton Rouge, LA. Once back on the road, he stops every few hundred miles and tries to call her.

This song has become a bit of a theme song in Louisiana. It is played in the stadium for LSU Tiger games and is also played by college bars in Baton Rouge at “last call”.

“Callin’ Baton Rouge”
Lyrics from

I spent last night in the arms of a girl in Louisiana
And though I’m out on the highway, my thoughts are still with her
Such a strange combination of a woman and a child
Such a strange situation stoppin’ every hundred miles
Callin’ Baton Rouge

A replay of last night’s events roll through my mind
Except a scene or two erased by sweet red wine
And I see a truck stop sign ahead, so I change lanes
I need a cup of coffee and a couple dollars change
Callin’ Baton Rouge

Operator, won’t you put me on through
I gotta send my love down to Baton Rouge
Hurry up, won’t you put her on the line
I gotta talk to the girl just one more time

Hello, Samantha dear, I hope you’re feelin’ fine
And it won’t be long until I’m with you all the time
But until then, I’ll spend my money up right down to my last dime
Callin’ Baton Rouge

Operator, won’t you put me on through
I gotta send my love down to Baton Rouge
Hurry up, won’t you put her on the line
I gotta talk to the girl just one more time
Callin’ Baton Rouge

Sweet Baton Rouge
My Baton Rouge, oh oh ohWriter/s: DENNIS LINDE
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

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