Don’t Got Nuttin’.

Soooo, here we are, beginning of October. No, wait, we’re almost MID-October. If I were at my old job, I’d be harvesting articles for the newsletter! Man, it’s hard to change my mind from that job’s routine — it became such a big part of my life. When they let me go, it’s kind of like I got on a plane and went to another time zone and can’t reset the time on my watch.

(new subject)

When I was a teenager, I was bestest-estest friends with my cousin who lived in Washington state. I loved to go visit her, and we’d stay awake way too late during those visits and giggle like the little girls we were. She loved to play the organ and we would compose the silliest songs you ever did hear. They made no sense to anyone but us.

I had a crush on her neighbor boy, but she had an actual boyfriend! I worked with kids at the community center back home, she was a lifeguard! She was beautiful, just a little more brave than me and I adored her!

I got my ears pierced the first time on one of those visits with her. She shaved her legs for the first time on one of the visits. We would try out each others shower soaps and sniff each others arms. The kind of stuff that I suppose sisters would do together, but I never had a sister and she didn’t have a sister at that time.

One time when I went up there, she and her two brothers picked me up from the bus station in their pickup truck. We drove all the way back to their house in first or second gear, laughing all the way, because the transmission wasn’t working.

When we were separated (doesn’t that sound dramatic?), we would write each other the longest letters, pages and pages, going on and on about absolutely nothing. When I wrote my letters, it was all about how long can I make nothing but silly last?

That’s kind of where I am today. I got nuttin’ new to report and I’m just trying to make the silly last.

I guess I better get to the silly. I have a to-do list I have to get workin’ on…



Filed under Who I am, Women Before Me

10 responses to “Don’t Got Nuttin’.

  1. I recall writing long letters to the girlfriends (and later the Wife when I was in the Persian Gulf). That does seem like ages ago. I also liked to write letters upside down and backwards so you needed a mirror to read them. That’s a little difficult on the internet.

    • Long letters are the best! I’ll bet the Wife saved some of the letters, huh? 🙂

      Upside-down and backwards, huh? You take romance to an all new level!

  2. It sounds like those were wonderful carefree days with your cousin…..Sometimes I think about the early times when I was in Junior High and High School, but they were not carefree at all…..! I love that you had such a wonderful time visiting her and doing lots of fun and silly things! Great Great Memories, my dear. And it reminds us that we need more silliness and carefreness in our lives, doesn’t it?

    • I think some children have to grow up way too fast, whether from health problems or family issues. Carefree should be synonymous with childhood and oftentimes is not.

      When as an adult we experience carefree and silliness, it’s so rare that I think we should grab onto it with both hands.

  3. Caryl

    I’m glad you so thoroughly enjoyed each other. It was a precious time. It was even because of her and her brothers that I wanted you to learn how to swim–to surprise them when we went to visit. So there’s another treasure for you because of them.
    The Chapel service went well this morning, by the way. Love you,

    • Ahhh, yes, I still remember fondly swimming in the crystal clear creeks up there with them. I’ll bet it was really cold, too, but I don’t remember that part of it. 🙂

      Glad your chapel service went well.

  4. grrrace

    I always wished I had a sister like that… 🙂

    Not that I don’t love the one I have now… you know what I mean. 🙂

    I can’t believe it’s mid-October… Time’s flying!

  5. I had a cousin like that.