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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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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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Christmas Mischief

Posted by Belinda Howard Smith on December 2, 2015 in Growing Up in Plainview, Musings, Telling Your Stories |

Our evergreen Christmas tree looked more like the gatherings of a bird’s nest with its glass balls of gold, green, blue, and red dangling from every branch. The masses of silver metallic strands draped across every available sprig became clumps of silver wads placed by several little hands attempting to take part in decorating the […]

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