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Memories of Eddy Hogge

Posted by Belinda Howard Smith on August 16, 2016 in Growing Up in Plainview, Telling Your Stories |

In an instant Eddy was gone. Heart attack. His sister Kay called with the news. I remember the first time I met Eddy and Kay and their three other siblings, Larry, Becky and Susan. It was Christmas 1960. I was six years old. The doorbell rang and when the door opened the Hogge family began […]

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And I Know It’s Going to Hurt

Posted by Belinda Howard Smith on May 16, 2016 in Growing Up in Plainview, Musings, Relationships |

A decade or more has passed since some of us had seen one another. Eight of us encircled a single table on the huge covered porch overlooking a field of wildflowers. We spent hours conversing throughout the weekend. “Catch us up on the last forty years” and one would begin the condensed version of her […]

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If Only in My Dreams

Posted by Belinda Howard Smith on December 4, 2015 in Growing Up in Plainview, Telling Your Stories |

There is something about the change in weather. Days are shorter, darkness falls earlier, there’s dampness in the air. Christmas carols play on the radio and I think of home long ago. It happens every year. I hear the bells ringing against the glass door as a customer enters the gifts and jewelry store where […]

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The Mysterious Package

Posted by Belinda Howard Smith on December 3, 2015 in Growing Up in Plainview, Telling Your Stories |

Daddy was less patient for Christmas to hurry up and arrive than us kids. He was anxious to watch us experience the flurry of opening gifts and the joy in our expressions. At our house, we didn’t wait until Christmas morning: we opened our gifts after supper on Christmas Eve. Miraculously while we were eating […]

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