“Well in the town where I was raised,
the clock ticked and the cattle grazed
Time passed with amazing grace,
Back where I come from”
So starts the song that inspired Suzanne McClendon for this September’s challenge. It has been a journey back to childhood, both heart-breaking and soul-affirming. It has been a reminder of both good and bad, silly and stoic. It is Back Where I Come From.
Day 19: Did you have any pets in your childhood home? If so, please tell me about them. If you have a photograph of any of your childhood pets, please share.
Our first pets were a couple of guinea pigs that soon morphed into a basement full of them. We somehow managed to talk Mother into letting us spend our savings on two little ones, and were assured by the fellow at the farm supply that they “was both the same”. I remember my Mother muttering under her breath “WERE both the same”. Cindy was mine, and Tommy was my brother’s. Cindy started out as Marvin but within a three or four week time period, we discovered he wasn’t and she was….thus the name change.
We had numerous dogs, for a few days we were owners of two kittens (until Mother found them), enormous numbers of guinea pigs and I had a parakeet (Budgie) named Patsy. I taught Patsy to sit on my shoulder and stay there. I’d walk all over the house with her on my shoulder. She was only with me for a year. My brother had the job of cleaning out her cage and decided to take the vacuum cleaner to it instead of taking out the bottom tray and dumping it. I am still mad at him for killing my poor Patsy.