Happy Fourth of July! This is the THIRD anniversary of "Gumbo Girl". My original plan was to add collages for one year, but somehow or another, three years have passed, with 195 posts and 27, 263 page views. I plan to continue adding collages a little while longer, and would like to thank everyone who has shown an interest.
One Sunday afternoon, a friend and I drove to the Old Lemonville Road just outside of Orange, Texas, to watch our high school boyfriends race their "souped-up" vehicles. The year was 1958, and my family recently moved back to Orange from Beaumont, where there were official drag strips; however, that was not the case in Orange. Soon after we arrived, someone yelled "Here come the Cops!" and everyone scattered, except my friend and myself. We weren't aware drag racing was illegal. The policemen were nice, but still wrote down our names and phone numbers to call our parents. Mine were surprisingly understanding.
Teenagers did the jitterbug to "top 40 music" on American Bandstand beginning in 1952, four years before Dick Clark was hired. A television station in Lake Charles, LA, later hosted their own version of the popular show and invited area high school students to appear. I was very happy to be included - not only to be on the show, but also because of our excused absence from school.
Questions pertaining to the tooth fairy - Who was the tooth fairy? What did it look like? Was it male or female? What did it do with the tooth collection? How did it obtain unlimited financial resources? Why did my next door neighbor get a silver dollar for her tooth when I only got a quarter?
|Swimming in a rice canal was an event my whole family enjoyed. Excess water from a rice field emptied into a large metal cylinder, and formed swift currents. Floating down this current was the highlight of our outing. Whirlpools were common where water was released at the cylinder's end, but beyond these whirlpools, calmer waters enabled swimming.|
She wanted to be married to the same man (for better or worse) for fifty years or more. She was impressed by her grandparents who celebrated their Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary in 1961, with a reception in their home. Each night after dinner, they walked up and down their driveway for exercise while holding hands.
When school began each morning, we pledged allegiance to the American flag, and were proud to do so. After the end of WWII, citizens felt protected and were especially patriotic. Our flag had forty-eight stars until 1959, when Alaska and Hawaii entered the Union.
During the Fifties, my family seldom traveled other than driving an non air-conditioned car to nearby cities and states. We left early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the mid-day heat. Prior to one trip, Mother placed a huge block of ice in a pan and placed it underneath the car's interior fan in hopes the air would be cooler as the ice melted. I remember hoping someday my environment would expand - maybe I would even "fly" to other parts of the country.
A lot of time was spent taking care of clothes. After our 100% cotton outfits were worn, they were re-washed and hung out to dry on the clothesline - then heavily starched and ironed. Clothes were stiff and wrinkled very easily - especially when "smootching" with a date.
|I was named after my daddy, Joel Clayton Smith. My parents thought two children were enough, and since they already had one daughter, I was their last chance for a boy. They added an "l" and an "e" to Joel to make Joelle. I loved the name Joelle because it was different, and was disappointed to eventually learn that Joelle is a common name in France.|