Laurie was the older, wiser cousin who could really teach me the ins and outs of what it was like outside my own private Idaho. For instance, I always had a million questions about the big city. One day she told me, that the name was "Las Vegas," but there was no reason to keep calling it that. Locals just said, “Vegas.” She had a lot of very important insights. Let me give you an example, but this example will be preceded with a back story.
Growing up on a farm with eight siblings, we had a regular ritual that happened each and every Saturday. You see to us, Saturday was a special day, it was the day we got ready for Sunday. In fact we often sang a song about it. The lyrics go like this:
Saturday is a special day,
It's the day we get ready for Sunday,
We clean the house, and we shop at the store,
So we won't have to work until Monday,
We brush our clothes, and we shine our shoes,
And we call it our get-the-work-done day,
Then we trim our nails, and we shampoo our hair,
So we can be ready for Sunday!
We actually did all those things, with the exception of brushing our clothes, we washed instead of brushing, but it was all done on Saturday. In our home after our Saturday chores and baths were done, we would sit in a chair and mom would put our hair in rollers. We slept on them and in the morning we had curly hair for our church meetings.
On Saturday evenings my mom would roll our wet hair into rollers and we would sleep on them. It was always the worst night sleep. It felt like sleeping on rocks. I also hated curly hair, but that's the way it was.
I remember when she told me that the next big fad was Levi’s 501 jeans.
I could hardly believe my ears. Why on earth would anyone where those I wondered? The only folks that would be caught dead in them in Aberdeen were old worn-out farmers. I was so sure this fad would never make it all the way to Idaho, but just to be safe, I kept a pair of hand me down 501’s in the back of my closet just in case. Boy was I ever wrong. I think if I still had those pair of jeans I could make money today selling them at a Pawn Shop.
Thank you Laurie for all the good memories!