Last Day of Being 57!
Here is a fine photo of me, enjoying the last day of my year long celebration! I've got my childhood skates key around my neck and my Grinnell College sweatshirt on!
I was just a baby in 1957, when my family moved to Grinnell. I was too young to skate. It was probably around 1962 when I first tested my metal skates, on the walk in front of my house. I got a lot of skinned knees from those sidewalks, buckled from Elm tree roots!
Please don't look too carefully, or you'll see I'm only wearing one skate. It's the one that I recently bought for $1.75 at an antique store. I am a thrifty shopper. The skate had no strap, so I created my own. My old skate key tightened the clamps nicely onto my moccasin. Silly shoe choice, but I have no saddle shoes and wore moccasins, since they were sort of a thing in the fifties.
As for skating? I wish I could say it all came back, like riding a bike. But, with only one skate, it was more like a scooter. Buckled sidewalks? Nope, just a lot of oak blossoms from the Live Oaks... ready to cushion my fall!
57 Celebrations of the Fifties!
April 9, 2014...My BYB!
I don't remember the 1950's, since they ended when I was 2. But since I turned 57 today and this is my BYB (Birth Year Birthday) I'm going to just appreciate the flavor of 1957! My goal is to celebrate in at least 57 simple ways throughout the year! I will dabble in the fashion, the foods, the music and the culture of those times...just for the fun of it!