Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.


Birthday (sigh)

I might have mentioned I had a birthday this past week.

Really, Susan? How old were you?

So old–

  • I remember when the Beatles sang sweet songs like, I Want to Hold Your Hand, P.S. I Love You, and Love Me Do.
  • I remember when boys quit wearing flat tops and burr haircuts and switched to combing their hair forward and letting it grow longer like Moe on the Three Stooges. (Now I see burr haircuts, but we call it a Buzz cut.)
  • I remember the first time I saw a computer on a movie. It filled a huge room.
  • I remember when Alan Shepard first shot into space.
  • I remember the building my church was in before the one it’s in now. But not the one before that.
  • I remember when they started building Keystone Lake.
  • I remember buying vinyl records. (Not many, but I bought a couple.)
  • I remember having fun with other kids without TV or video games.
  • I remember watching Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.

  • I remember when Saturday morning TV was Fury  and The Lone Ranger and Flicka. 

  • I remember watching a short-lived TV show called Annie Oakley–my first save-herself-and-others-heroine. (Also known as a KA heroine.)

Yeah, I’ll bet you remember when the Mayflower got here.

No. It didn’t land in Oklahoma, and I’ve only lived in this great state.

But I remember when–

  • it was cool to ride a bike to school and the bike racks were crowded with them.
  • kids were taught to “do unto others.”
  • if a kid flunked or caused a problem, it was the kid who was in trouble, not the teacher.
  • nearly every child was taught respect.

So was everything just honey and light back in the olden days? Or do you just have a faulty memory?

Everything wasn’t honey and light, although it was a lot of fun.

I remember–

  • People used to smoke anywhere they wanted–even on airplanes and in movies. (Inside the church building was off-limits, but that was about it.) TV and movies were filled with sophisticated people who nearly always had a cigarette.
  • I remember barely being about to sound out the words over a drinking fountain in a store in Tulsa that said, “White People Only.”
  • I remember three little girls being murdered at a Girl Scout Camp.

But rather than dwell on the sad things, here’s what I enjoyed.

  • Friends.
  • Bubble gum blowing contests.
  • Carnivals.
  • Going to the lake with family and friends.
  • When homes didn’t have air conditioning.
  • Camping out.
  • Swimming in C-Town’s round pool.
  • School.
  • Vacations.
  • Cousins.
  • Passing notes in church. And in school.
  • When girls had straight hair and bangs in their eyes.
  •  Trying to get my hair straight.This is not me.

(Orange juice cans, gigantic rollers, using my head as a giant roller, and yes, even an iron and ironing board.)

  • Forever Friends (siblings and parents included.)

Okay, come on. Tell us. How old are you? 

Sure. I’m 183 years and one day. I’m in pretty good shape to be that old, aren’t I? 🙂


I Confess!

Ever heard confession is good for the soul? I’m not sure if I believe that or not, but I’m going to give it a smack.

Tomorrow is Palm Sunday. Next week is Holy Week. Passover starts Friday, which is also Good Friday. A week from Palm Sunday is Resurrection Sunday, aka Easter. A very spiritual time in the life of Christians.

Here’s my confession–Even with angels singing all around us this time of year, I’m going to tell you about my love for the Three Stooges. 🙂

(That’s right. Today I’m as deep as a mud puddle.)

What’s not to like about the Stooges? Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard. Moe and Curly were brothers. And they were funny! My friends and I loved watching them after school. They made 190 short films, each one stupider than the one before. Gotta love a group who’ll act like that to entertain kids. (And adults who are kids at heart. My man laughs out loud when he watches them!)

When the shows stopped having Curly in them and started having Shemp, my friends and I were really sad. But one of our moms told us Curly had been dead a long time and we were watching reruns.

After Curly died, Shemp Howard (also his brother) took over. Shemp died next (that must have been a hard-on-the-actor job) so they hired Joe Besser who was replaced by Joe DeRita. Emil Sitka was the last man to take the third man spot.

With the Stooges, most people either love them or hate them. There’s not much gray area when it comes to slapstick fun. They made a show once where Moe played Hitler (I’ll Never Heil Again) and another where they were Civil War spies. So funny!

My favorite Stooges show has always been the one about the haunted suit of armor. The guy in the armor had peeked at Lady Godiva when she rode buck naked on a buckskin through town, even though everyone had been ordered not to look. As punishment, his spirit was sentenced to live in that suit of armor for 300 years. (I don’t remember how many years, but that sounds right.)

In the end, Lady Godiva rides up, the suit of armor hops onto the horse behind her and they ride into the sunset. And no. She’s not carrying a can opener. 😉

Do you hate ’em or love ’em? If you love ’em, what’s your fav?