Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.

Take Me Back


One of the best things about being Alpha to a crew of six sibs is you have an excuse to go back and enjoy. Yesterday I revisited a couple of things that took me right back to happy days of “yore”. Three, actually. (I love doing that. It keeps me young! Or at least it keeps me thinking young.)

First, I took my niece’s one-year-old adorable son to the store with me. He didn’t act like my kids did when I took them to the store. He was really good!

My kids were good, but were much more active while riding in the cart. And they wanted M & Ms, even when they were his age.

This kiddo was sweet and quiet and didn’t whine for anything. The hard part, though, was getting him into and out of his car seat.

Oh! My! Stars!!!

You need to be a magician to get all those straps and buckles hooked. I need something simple, like a bar that just drops over the baby’s head and clicks into place. Think about the last time you rode a roller coaster. Something easy like that would work for me!

I’m telling you, most of the time I was at the store was spent trying to hitch that baby up.

Second: I went to the middle school pep assembly. Took me back to my first pep assembly. Wow. We were in a different school, it had a different format, we didn’t have nearly as many cheerleaders, and the moves were way different! (No lifts back then.)

But I remember the nerves. The terror of having a bunch of kids watch as you try to remember the words as well as the moves. Hoping you don’t trip and fall on your face while everyone laughs.

In case you’re wondering, falling never happened to me, but I was always afraid it would. LOL.

Third: Middle of the afternoon football. Okay, it wasn’t the middle of the afternoon, but the sun was shining bright in the sky when the middle school games started last night. (I was channeling Grandmommy and went to watch my cheerleader niece/”granddaughter”.)

Just being there reminded me of when I played powder puff football back in the day. I loved it.

So. Much. Fun!

So. Glad. It’s. Past!

This is a picture of the powder puff team I was on. I’m the one with white bobby sox. LOL. I “borrowed” the picture from Shelley Geyer’s Facebook page. (Thanks, Shelley!)

So, what have you done lately to take you back?

Do you remember when you were a kid? Or would you be happier to just forget? 🙂

Author: Susan Shay

For as long as I can remember, I've loved two things--reading and people--and that led me to become a writer. Many of my stories are set in Small Town Worlds. I'm a wife, mother, sibling and an aunt. I have a deep faith in God, and an exciting life in Christ. Maybe I shouldn't be (after all, he's God!) but I'm constantly amazed at the things He's up to. :)

4 thoughts on “Take Me Back

  1. Driving to Pawhuska always takes me back. We’d go shopping for school clothes over there. Oops, got to attend to the granddaughter now. I’ll come back later…

    • Hi Junebug,
      What a fun memory. Did your mom take you and your brothers together or did she take you one at a time.
      My mom took us all at once! (Proof that she was a really brave woman!)
      Thanks for coming by and saying hi!

  2. Ooh! How fun! I never was a cheerleader, I think I was the only sister who wasn’t. But I loved pep rallies.
    I was always a little envious of the cheerleaders.
    I bet you had a blast with Deegan. I enjoyed toting Braden around when he stayed with us. All I had to do was buy him a toothbrush, and he was happy in the basket!!!!

    • LOL!
      Deegan was so good, and I didn’t buy him anything. (Except a corndog, but he didn’t ask for it.)
      A toothbrush is much better than M & Ms for kids. Trouble is, the cart pusher doesn’t enjoy it as much. 😉

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