"Talk about your siblings and growing up. Were you friends, enemies? Did you have any special games or activities you shared together?"
January 4th, 2011
This question could be an entire blog! I have so many memories of games I played with my siblings, your uncles and aunt. We grew up on a farm, and that made a huge difference in our childhood. We had a lot of room to roam and would often create imaginary kingdoms. At my grandparents' farm, Uncle Chad and I created Quicksand Land. It was by a creek, and we literally lost shoes in the sand surrounding the creek. We would jump from rock to rock, pretending a horrible creature was following us. Once we got to the "bridge" we were safe! We spent a ton of time in Quicksand Land!
Farm kids tend to have more opportunities to get into trouble than most kids. We would race wagons down the paved driveway (not too smart), jump up and down on the 2x4 as Dad drove the tobacco wagon, play in the hay mound, build forts and houses using hay bails, ride our bikes up and down the barn as Paw-Paw and Great- Grandpa Shertzer milked the cows, and of course have a Hershey's chocolate milk box (do they still make these) to end our day. We loved catching lightning bugs at night and playing freeze tag with our parents. During the winter we'd sleep over at Great - Grandma and Grandpa Martin's house and play Marbles, Uno or Old Maid accompanied by an ice cream party of course! It's hard for me to remember anything negative about my brothers and sister. The only bad times were the many runs to the emergency room for one of us getting hurt, and that was usually guess who, Uncle Chad.
Thankfully, we're all still very close and I think I'm safe to say that any of us would do anything for each other. When one of us is hurting, so are the other three. When one of us accomplishes something, we're all happy for them. I look forward to all the memories we'll make in the years to come. I hope that you, as siblings, can enjoy the same friendship with each other that I did with your Aunt and Uncles. Love you forever!