August 21, 2011

Sharing Memories (Week 34): Special Times & Traditions

It's Week 34 of our Sharing Memories - A Genealogy Journey Please join us each Sunday as we share our memories of childhood. Your descendants will be thankful that you did! Write here as a comment, or on your own blog, or in a private journal, but please write!

Did your family have any daily or weekly routines?  Perhaps you had a tea party with your mom every Sunday, or played cards every Friday night with your entire family. Tell us about your daily or weekly family traditions that you remember.

I remember Saturdays when I was a kid because on that day the milkman brought one extra bottle of milk - chocolate! We didn't have much money and my mom cooked only the cheaper cuts of meat (liver, kidney, pigs tails, pigs feet, oxtail stew, tripe...) and any dessert was usually baked apples. So Saturday was a very special day. What a treat! A quart of chocolate milk to be shared with my three siblings - yummy!

Oddly enough as an adult I don't like chocolate. No brownies, chocolate bars, or chocolate cake or chocolate ice cream for me! I dislike the smell of chocolate milk but as a child I looked forward to that Saturday treat. Mind you I did suffer the next day or two from a severe migraine every time I drank my chocolate milk but as a child you don't put it together and it never occurred to me that it was the milk causing my pain.

I suspect I loved that little glass of milk just because treats of any kind were so rare in our house. What kinds of traditions do you remember?


Patti said...

What a lovely memory...thanks so much for sharing. I grew up in the 60's and 70's, and for much of that time, we had home delivery of milk as well. I don't remember ever getting chocolate milk, though. If we wanted chocolate milk, we had to use Nestle Quik. I do remember one time not having any Quik, so I used unsweetened baking cocoa instead. UGH!! It's definitely not the same as Quik.

Thanks for these great prompts. I've been journaling for years and doing a nostalgia theme on my blog for about a month, but it's really nice having these prompt questions.


Anonymous said...

As a Young Person living in HudsonCounty,New jersey Saturdays were spent At the Movies. The Saturday Matinee with my friend Billy.At50cents You got 5 Cartoons and a Movie.Not a bad deal for 3 hrs. It was way to kill time and break up the weekend.