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My Best Friend and I Began Our Bike Riding Adventures at Six Years Old.

First Grade Tomboy

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My best friend, Edie, and I had many adventures in the small town we lived in. That seemed frozen in time. I was a tomboy. Rough and tough was my middle name. This was my badge of honor, which got us into trouble sometimes, or maybe a lot.

Edie was a sweet and kind child, and I suppose that is the reason her parents wanted us separated in the first grade. I got a teacher who was old, we thought, because she taught my mother Latin in high school. And Edie got Mrs. Brewington, who was a new teacher. All the powers that be, like the church ladies and Edie's parents, voted against our fun together in the first grade.

Our parents thought they had the problem fixed. Little did they know, we had our own agenda. When we get home, the first thing we do is grab a PeanutButter sandwich, which we cut it into and share with a glass of milk as we ride our bikes.

On a stormy September afternoon, we decided to visit the old turtle at a pond near the railroad tracks. We named him Mr. Turtle, after hours of thought and changing our minds many times. Our problem was that we did not know if it was a boy or a girl. Edie said we should baptize the turtle so if we named it wrong, it would still go to Heaven.

Mr. Turtle

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Before we left home, we filled our bike baskets with fruit from the family refrigerator. I had a pocket knife my granddaddy Knight gave me, so Edie and I were ready for the good deeds for the day.

As we rounded the Barton house, Mrs. Barton was sitting on her porch. So, we stopped to share some fruit with her. She took a few strawberries for herself and hugged us both. She told us to stop back on our adventure later to have one of her great homemade biscuits.

Bobbi and Edie

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We stopped at the garage next to Mrs. Barton's house and had air put into our tires. Mr. Crabtree, the owner, asked if our parents knew where we were going. He was as bad as the church ladies at being nosey.

Finally, we were back with Mr. Turtle. Edie said he was waiting on us with a smile. We knew this had to be true because when anyone saw us, they smiled and shook their heads for some reason. Edie and I talked about it, and we knew these people were happy with the joy we brought to this little town we lived in.

Mr. Turtle was on his log, so we cut the strawberries and an apple into bite-sized pieces. Then we walked through the water to the log, after taking off our shoes.


What a wonderful morning we had feeding Mr. Turtle. Mr. Turtle surprised us with a friend showing up for food also. It was not another turtle, but it looked like a big lizard. It was so cute and very hungry. When our food was gone, we packed our baskets with the dishes and towels we had brought.

The pond we called ours was next to a railroad track and the man. Mr. Stanley, who worked for Edie's dad in his hardware store, lived next to the pond about a block away. As we were saying our goodbyes, Mr. Stanley walked up with his wife to check out what we were doing.


We told them and then introduced Mr. Turtle and Mr. Lizard, the new friend to them. Well, Mr. Stanley's wife screamed, "That is a baby alligator." Edie and I smiled because the adventure was just getting better as it went on.

Mr. Stanley told us it was dangerous for us to be there, two little six-year-olds alone. He said the baby alligator had a mother, and she was big and mean. We said goodbye, knowing we would be back when we could sneak away from the nosy people.

Mr. Lizard aka Baby Alligator

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We stopped by Mrs. Barton's and told her and Mr. Barton about our adventure. I remembered to not tell them the part about the baby alligaror because we decided to call it Mr. Lizard. The homemade biscuits were just like the ones the angels made in heaven, we decided.

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We said see you tomorrow for another out-of-school summer adventure. And then we gave each other the Sisters Forever sign, which was a thumbs up.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2012 Barbara Purvis Hunter

Comments

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 15, 2013:

Hi Gypsy Rose Lee,

I am happy you enjoyed the journey back. It one of the best time in life, and the most carefree.

Have a great Sunday.

Bobbi

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on September 15, 2013:

Voted up and awesome. Thanks for taking me back to childhood. This was delightful. Sharing.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on April 04, 2013:

Hi,

Thanks for your visit and comment. I love to recall and write about days gone by--but still in my memories.

As long as we have memories--we should share them.

Bobbi Purvis

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on April 04, 2013:

PurvisBobbi,

This is an awesome hub and it certainly brings back a lot of my school memories. I vividly remember playing Red Rover, sending and getting Valentine cards, and all of the school activities you mention. Voted up and sharing with followers.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on February 08, 2013:

Hi,

It is so nice to hear from you and thanks for your comment. I hope you have a great weekend,

Bobbi

AE Williams from Atlanta, GA on February 08, 2013:

Very cool writing! :) A lovely story.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 25, 2012:

Hi,

Thanks so much for the visit, comment and voting. I appreciate it very much.

Bobbi Purvis

Sommer Dalton on September 25, 2012:

What a beautiful hub! Loved this! Voted up and more

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 25, 2012:

Hi Eddy,

It is so nice to see your happy face. I hope all is well with you. Thanks for your visit---I appreciate it.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi Purvis

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 25, 2012:

Hi,

Thank you for your visit and comment. I appreciate it. Now it is your turn to write about your memories and share them with us.

Have a great week.

BobbiPurvis

Eiddwen from Wales on September 25, 2012:

What a great hub I loved it Bobbi.

Eddy.

Girish puri from NCR , INDIA on September 25, 2012:

Those beautiful, wonderful days, awesome memories, voted up.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 24, 2012:

Epi-man,

We are all so blessed to have you here on HubPages to share our thoughts in writing our hubs. I was blessed twice today---frist I had the time to visit my Hub Friends and now I have heard from you.

Hug your kitty cats for me.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi Purvis

epigramman on September 24, 2012:

...well my dear friend - great minds really do think alike - I was just thinking about you this morning and thought I was overdue for a visit to your sacred hubpage and what a lovely surprise this is too.

You have captured the evocative memories of this time of year so very well - that it runs in my mind like a movie with music with flavors and smells and tears and laughter - well this remarkable labor of love by you has it all and I shall be posting your beautiful achievement here to a FB group called Music and Writing - sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 2:20pm and yes fall is upon us now here at the lake - no more swimming but I have my pussycats to keep me warm although they are both sleeping right now

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 24, 2012:

Thank you Lord,

I always smile when one of my favorite writers takes the time to read one of my hubs. Thanks for your comment.

Edie and I are still very close friends---she was the Angel and I was the hyper "Tomboy" who got us into a lot of trouble---but we had so much fun it was worth it.

Your Friend,

Bobbi Purvis

Joseph De Cross from New York on September 24, 2012:

Not long ago we were kids. Well I'm still a kid. I kept in my memory sweet moments that can start with a hide-and-go-seek. Your prose and that halloween picture with Judy and your younger friend Edi, take me back to those years. Excellent writing Bobbi wow! We will.... I will take these diaphanous moments to the grave. Labor day is gone, now Halloween is just around. Have a good one Barbara.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 23, 2012:

rajan jolly,

Thank you so much for your visit and comment. Memories are so precious and our past needs to be revisited once in a while.

Thanks again,

Bobbi Purvis

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 23, 2012:

Purvis, some seasons do make us go back and relive our past. I loved reading about your experiences. Voting it up, beautiful and awesome.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 23, 2012:

Hi Pamela,

Thank you for the visit and comment. I am happy to see you and hope everything is great with you. This is the season of the year that begins our holidays when people start to thinks of the days gone by. And our memories are wonderful to recall our sweet childhood.

Have a great week.

Bobbi Purvis

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 23, 2012:

This is a lovely poem that reminded me of those special childhood days also. It is always nice to think of those happy times. Voted up and awesome.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 23, 2012:

rcrumple,

Hi and thanks for the visit and comment. I hope I will see your hub you will be writing soon. I bet you did have beautiful girls and handsome guy in Kentucky. But we had them also in Florida in a small town where the Southern breeze sways the Spanish moss and the teachers are the best..

Thanks again.

Bobbi Purvis

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 23, 2012:

Thank you Wayne,

It is nice to see you and thanks for the comment. Have a great Sunday.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi Purvis

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 23, 2012:

Martie,

Thanks for the visit and comment. And I always love your poems. Nice to hear from you.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi Purvis

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 23, 2012:

Hi Diana,

Thank you for the visit and comment. We are so lucky to have our memories and I am especially lucky to still have my friend Edie.

Thanks again and I hope to see you again.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi Purvis

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 23, 2012:

Thanks Vinaya,

A lot of mine seem to be lost before Google + and I am happy for your visit and comment.

Thanks,

Bobbi Purvis

Wayne Brown from Texas on September 23, 2012:

Awesome job on this one. I loved the rythmic bounce of each verse and the vivid images you paint with the words .,,well done! ~WB

Martie Coetser from South Africa on September 23, 2012:

Bobby, that is a beautiful Autumn Road of your Childhood. You've penned your childhood memories in a beautiful way. Love them! Voted up and awesome!

Diana Grant from London on September 23, 2012:

lovely memories, and I laughed at the ending

Rich from Kentucky on September 23, 2012:

Bobbi -

What a nice journey through a year of childhood. But, I must debate you, as I feel my class had the best looking girls. I will not make comments of the boys as I'm sure I brought the average down. Have already written of days long past in a couple of hubs, and will be doing it soon again. Great Hub!

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on September 23, 2012:

Bobbi, thanks for sharing on google plus, otherwise this wonderful piece of writing would have been simply lost in hub feeds.

Cheers

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 22, 2012:

Hi Mhatter99,

You are so welcome and thank you for the visit and comment.

Bobbi Purvis

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 22, 2012:

artist101,

Hi,

Nice to meet you and thanks for your visit and comment. Yes we were lucky to live in a small town during a simpler time.

We were very blessed.

Thanks again for the visit.

Bobbi Purvis

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on September 22, 2012:

Thank you for sharing your childhood with me.

Sherrie Gill from Hobart, In on September 22, 2012:

Thank you for sharing this with me. I loved playing red rover. And look forward to playing it with my grandchild, soon to come. Brought back so many childhood memories that I had forgotten about, thank you. I wish I could bring those simple times back for the children of today, so that they too could know that feeling of safety, and security that once was. I had a wonderful childhood, thanks to my awesome parents, who strove for simplicity, and a good stable home environment. I doubt that it is present in many childhoods today.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 22, 2012:

Thank you Dear Lady,

For your visit and comment. I feel honored that you took the time to read my hub. Have a great Sunday.

Bobbi Purvis

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on September 22, 2012:

Dear Bobbi - You were blessed to have such a beautiful childhood. Thank you for sharing your story. My eyes filled with tears...for a longing to have lived this in my own childhood.

Mother nature provides us with comfort and even love. I will share this and have voted up and across. Just wonderful Bobbie!

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 22, 2012:

must65gt,

WOW!--what a great comment---the best ever. It is nice to meet you and I am happy for your visit and I will never forget this comment.

Thanks so much,

Bobbi Purvis

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 22, 2012:

Vincent,

Our memories are so special like the birth of our souls. We probably did walk hand in hand--did you know a little blond Tomboy. I probably played football with you in another time.

Thank you for taking the time to read my poem. I feel blessed.

Your Friend,

Bobbi Purvis

must65gt on September 22, 2012:

These memories you shared of the past you held dear

Reflect warm thoughts in our lives or they came very near

As we read every line that you pinned from your past

It’s easy to see the impressions in your heart that were cast

For thought they may not be what we faced to the tee

They brought forth inner memories of our past to see

The seasons you penned summer fall winter and spring

Were also the seasons in life or at least to me so it seemed

So it’s with warm thoughts and thanks from within my heart

As my mind reflects on the memories you chose to impart

And I think back on those childhood memories of mine

And realize where I am in the seasons of time

Thanks for writing

Vincent Moore on September 22, 2012:

What a brilliant poem, I felt all those memories deep within my soul. We could have walked hand in hand in these memories of long ago. The changing of each season brought so many exciting thoughts. I am so happy to have lived this long to still be able to see them and dance like no one is watching. Your poetic genius is stunning, your imagery outstanding. Bravo well done, Voted up and all buttons pressed.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 22, 2012:

Hi Debbie,

I cannot wait to read about your childhood. And it is so nice to see and hear from you. I hope I have more time on time in the near future.

Your Friend,

Bobbi Purvis

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on September 22, 2012:

Hey Bobbi now I want to write about my childhood.. THIS POEM IS SO GOOD!!.. what memories it brought back to me.. nice to see you my friend

blessings

Debbie

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 22, 2012:

pstraubie48,

I am happy to meet you and glad that you took time to visit and comment. Many people who can recall their childhood are so lucky---we all need to cherish the ability of remembering. What a gift that is and even more when we share it.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi Purvis

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 22, 2012:

ikechiawazie,

Hi, I am so happy for your visit and comment. Childhood memories are so special with all the joys and fun of growing up. Childhood went too fast, but we could wait to grow up---what were we thinking?

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi Purvis

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 22, 2012:

Bill,

Thanks so much for your visit and comment. If one lives in the country there are so many wonderful smells. Remember the smell of a newborn puppy?

I hope I have time to visit on FB later tonight.

Thanks,

Bobbi Purvis

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on September 22, 2012:

The seasons come and go...leaving their wonder behind. And thankfully the memory of them remains fresh and new just like the Easter or Christmas of yesteryear remains.

Lovely walk down memory lane. Thank you for sharing.

Ikechi Awazie from Lagos, Nigeria on September 22, 2012:

This is lovely as it reminds me of my childhood days.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 22, 2012:

The smells of each season.....oh yes, they were special! I hadn't thought of that until this poem reminded me of the very special smells....the new mowed lawn in summer...the burning leaves in Fall....the evergreens of Christmastime.....the smell of a fresh beginning in the spring.....excellent poem Bobbi!

bill

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 22, 2012:

Hi,

It is great to see you again and thanks for the visit and comment. You write about your youth in a poem---that will be a great read---you are such a great writer.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi Purvis

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 22, 2012:

Hi,

Thank you so much for the visit and comment. And it also reminds us of that special young love when we were in elementary school.

Thanks again,

Bobbi Purvis

Curiad on September 22, 2012:

This is a lovely remembrance of the innocent times!

Judith C Evans from Boise, ID on September 22, 2012:

Autumn always triggers childhood memories for me. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this hub, and reliving some of my own memories. Voted up and beautiful!

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