Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Who Said That?

It is with a word as with an arrow-
once let it loose and it does not return.
                        Abd-el-Kader


When I was a kid in the little village where I grew up there was a huge white house with a porch and two rocking chairs, there was a heavy wooden green door with a bell that you would turn and ring to let the people inside know you were there. I loved turning that key and that ringing sound; it may have been annoying to the people on the other side of the door but not for me.  Turn turn "That's enough" Mom would always say.

I remember my Mom would go visit and have a cup of tea and I preferred to sit on the porch rocking with a cup of something, I have no idea what I did there but I loved that porch and the rocking chair and have never forgotten it. There was something that was very special about this house and my recollections are a bit blurry but here goes.

This was the home to Mr. and Mrs. Hodge and Mr. Hodge would put on a show once in a while on the front lawn, his show involved a “Dummy” dressed in a suit sitting on his lap. This Dummy talked and I loved this. I actually thought he was real. I remember every one laughing and clapping and I remember watching the Dummy’s mouth moving but Mr. Hodge’s lips never moved. My wonderful illusion was shattered after watching an episode of The Ed Sullivan Show on a Sunday night and watching a Ventriloquist with a Dummy, It showed the stick and a hand up the back. I was so disappointed.

The whole idea of words coming out of my mouth that were not mine or at least I wished they were not mine have happened a few times in my life I am sad to say. I am pretty sure I am not the only one. I know you are thinking right now, I am right and you know it.

After these “Slips of the tongue” my Grandma used to call them I found myself always looking around and wondering if Mr. Hodge was standing behind me because I could only come to one conclusion; I was now the “Dummy” yes I could not believe the words coming out of my mouth and we know you cannot get them back no matter how hard you try.

I miss Mrs. Hodge and Mr. Hodge and his “Dummy”, I miss that front porch with the rocking chair and I must say I miss the illusion of a talking little man but I am pretty sure there was a lesson that I took away that day.

I will be having a special visitor for a few days I will be going to the train to “Gather her up” another Grandma saying, and the fun will begin. I am pretty sure this visit will bring back many tales of an eventful childhood in the little village where I grew up. Stories and memories of Mr. Hodge and his” Dummy”, and other colourful characters we met along the way will be stirred. I am sure these stories will be making their way to all of you. I am so excited.

Later

38 comments:

  1. Sounds wonderful! Enjoy every minute. Loved your recollections and look forward to the ones to come~

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  2. Wonderful story and the Green Door.
    Enjoy your time with your visitor and will look forward to reading more of your stories from way back when :) Hugs my friend. M xoxox

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  3. Memories are a wonderful thing :-)

    Enjoy your special time with your visitor and remember to walk down memory lane.

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  4. I remember a front bell as you described. I don't remember ringing it over and over...but I might have, that's for sure. I know I loved the sound.

    How interesting that you were disappointed when you discovered the dummy wasn't doing the speaking. It was just the opposite for me when I learned a ventriloquist was doing the talking. I was (and still am) amazed that anyone can talk without moving their lips. I have never watched the dummy, but instead studied the ventriloquist to see if I could see the slightest lip movement. Ha! It's amazing how we all look at the world so differently. :)

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  5. i enjoy your memories buttons. my grandpa used to take me with him when he'd visit one of his good friends. i don't remember much but the man was an indian or native american as we now call them. i didn't know then, but as i got older found that he was my grandpa's drinking buddy lol..while they visited, i ran around his property, i remember it being huge and lots of dogs...blurred memories as you say but such happy ones!

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  6. and enjoy your visit with your friend!

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  7. A lovely memory and a funny one too.

    Enjoy your company. :)

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  8. Have a great visit with your friend, Miss B. Priceless memories remembered, memories made and laughter!

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  9. Enjoy your special visitor!

    Your story of the door makes me think of my oldest. We don't have a doorbell, but anytime we go to my parents' house he loves to ring theirs over and over. Which drives their dogs bonkers!

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  10. Enjoy your visit. I had been re-acquainted with my cousin after many years, and the stories and memories we told was priceless. I enjoyed reading about your story very much.

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  11. have a super time with your 'visitor' and the rest of us will be waiting for those stories.

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  12. Cute calf really is cute!! Will you be keeping her, or selling her next year?

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  13. Have a wonderful time with your visitor!

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  14. My gramma has a door ringer like that. I used to drive everyone crazy playing with it!

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  15. Your post was very thought provoking. We all need to really work on not being another individuals "Dummy".

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  16. Enjoy your visitor! My TJ used to tell me that I have no filter between my brain and my mouth....LOL

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  17. My old house used to have a bell like that, but at some point someone took it out and installed an electronic door bell. Ug! I've been thinking of trying to find a replacement for the old bell.

    No, you are not the only one to let words fly-thanks for letting me in on the secret of Mr. Hodge;) I'm going to use that as my excuse from now on!

    Have a wonderful visit B and I can't wait to hear more stories.

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  18. My parents just have a "regular old doorbell"...but the grandkids just love to push it over and over when they visit. I hope you enjoy your time with your special visitor! :)

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  19. Innocence is bliss they say.
    It would have been so good to live in that make believe world and think that puppets can really talk :-)

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  20. Hi Buttons, such great memories. And i hope you have a great time with your friend

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  21. i loved how you made the connection between your cherished memory and a little life lesson. :)

    p.s. those pups in the window are pretty adorable! looks like they're waiting for a show themselves.

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  22. Have a lovely visit with your friend! Can't wait to see what stories develop! :)

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  23. Such a sweet photo and story! Good memories for sure. Sounds like great days ahead for you! :)

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  24. I knew Mr Hodge, or someone just like him.

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  25. It would be nice to blame those fumbled words on someone standing behind me. I just don't want to deal with the stick up the back. ;-D

    Looking forward to hearing about the adventures with your visitors. Hope your weather isn't as cold as it looks on the Weather Channel.

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  26. What a lovely memory... My neighbor was Mr. and Mrs. Smith. She had been a teacher and she loved and collected beautiful glass objects. I can still see her living room in my mind and watching the light dance through the richly colored pieces of glass... have a good visit!

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  27. What a sweet remembrance from your youth. Hope you have a wonderful time with your friend. I know you'll be full of stories for us. :)

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  28. Do make some great memories with your special visitor :)

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  29. A big porch and rocking chairs? I'm so in love and I've never seen it. The dummy, well, they kind of creep me out. Enjoy your company.

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  30. Such a cute story! So funny how we perceive things as children. Great memory :)

    Hope you have lots of fun with your special visitor!

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  31. I enjoyed reading your story of you childhood memories. Enjoy your time with you visitor.

    Hugs~

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  32. Such nice memories - my grandparents had a big porch with rocking chairs. Loved that porch. So funny about the 'slips of the tongue'. We've all cringed from those! Enjoy your visit and your walk down memory lane! xx

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  33. Have a wonderful visit with your friend!

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  34. Loved your recollections B. I like the sound of Mr and Mrs Hodge. It's always lovely when people take the time to speak with children. It brought to mind some of the kind neighbours of my childhood.

    I liked your quotation and yes, unfortunately, words have escaped my lips which I regretted! I know what you mean.

    Enjoy your visitor B :D)

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  35. since i'm reading backwards...i already know that you 2 are having an enjoyable time together...revisiting the past. it's nice to have all these memorable childhood times to share with someone...and with us.

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