The Truth About My Parents
By Uncle Joe
Virginia Beach, Virginia
November 8, 2017 5:19pm CST
Some of the things I have posted about my parents makes it sound like they didn’t love me. They were only jokes. The fact was that Mama and Daddy loved me very much and often catered to my likes and dislikes. They sometimes went the extra mile, (or in my case, 272 miles) to make me happy. I was still pretty small the first time they took us to the mountains. Growing up by the seashore and flat lands, they certainly were impressive. I fell in love with the Blue Ridge. After that, every Spring, just as soon as school let out, as a special treat, my folks would bundle me into the car and drive me to my beloved mountains. I usually found my way back home before school started in the Fall.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
My parents were notorious for leaving children behind. I have memories of running down the long driveway after church as the Volkswagen bus pulled out onto the road. They realized I wasn't with them when they were about halfway home (about a 30 minute drive), continued on home and then sent my oldest brother back to pick me up. When I finally made it home I was told it was my own fault for my habit of hiding in the vehicle whenever it was time to leave. Ironically, I don't remember EVER hiding in the vehicle before or since.
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Now my parents probably left one of us behind when they went to the mountains. They left children everywhere they went. Some of us found this emotionally devastating. I was left almost 300 miles from home...they realized I was missing...when there was a sandwich left at lunch. I realize your story has a lot humour...and that's how it was intended...but ask Platespinner. That's not something I like to remember (she was left behind at church).
@UncleJoe There were eight of us....and they routinely forgot someone, somewhere. What appalled me the most when I had children of my own....they actually seemed proud of forgetting us. Personally, just once I was very late picking up a child (was busy making supper and forgot the time)....I was mortified....it NEVER happened again.