Thursday, February 18, 2010

Annabelle and Lulabelle in Upside-down Land

Time to play along for Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop! Today's writing prompt: Childhood memory time: Write about something you loved to do as a child.


As the boys get older and interact and play with each other more and more I keep thinking about the things I did with my twin sister growing up. Cathy was my constant playmate and we did all the usual: Barbies, dress-up, playing school and house. But what stands out in my memory most of all is a silly game of pretend.

Cathy & me, about 5 years old

When we were about 5 or 6, Cathy and I would both lay down on this old coffee table that was relegated to the basement playroom. We would each hang our heads down off one end so we could look at each other upside down. When we were upside down we became "Annabelle" and "Lulabelle." We would have silly conversations as Annabelle and Lulabelle and giggle at how funny we looked with our hair hanging around our faces.

In my mind's eye I can see us laying there in our pajamas laughing at everything and nothing. I can even hear my mom calling from the top of the stairs, "OK, Annabelle and Lulabelle, it's time for bed!"

I don't know how long Annabelle and Lulabelle hung around, but that game is a childhood memory that stands out for me. And when I watch my boys laugh at each other and giggle with delight when we turn one of them upside down, I smile and nod, because I remember just exactly how funny that was when I did it with Cathy.

I can't wait to see what kind of silly games my own kids play and what things they will remember from their childhoods.

© Trippin' Mama 2010


Ketterperson said...

Did your mom sew the dresses you and Cathy are wearing?

Christy AKA Trippin' Mama said...

My mom did sew those dresses, Nancy. Good eye! I think she sewed everything we wore for pics together until we were probably 10.

Remember prairie skirts and the vest embellished with ribbons? I've got a family pic where Cathy, Mary and I are all wearing those. Priceless!