|Michele Pilibosain - 1968|
|Brenda Kirkwood- 1968|
One time at a sleep over at Michele's house, we went to the movies. Don't remember what we saw. The real purpose of going to the movies was to meet up with boys and spend some time with them. All the boys were from Powell Middle school and I did not know any of them. We were all paired up and I had no idea who this boy was. It was pretty uncomfortable for me as I recall. After the movie, we returned to Michele's where we spent the rest of the night talking about boys! I have lost touch with Michele. Maybe someday I'll find her again. it would be fun to catch up.
Harriet was a friend from church, as I recall. Our church was always in Romeo, so I did know a few kids through our church. I spent the night with her on one occasion at least. They had a really nice home north of Romeo as I recall. It was a more modern home with two floors. One time when I was there I remember picking up a porcelain figurine which was on the kitchen counter. It may have been a German Hummel figurine, I do not remember which one but I dropped it and broke it. I felt so bad and later learned that it was a very expensive piece. Mrs Leonard was very kind and gracious about the whole thing but I still felt awful. We did not have expensive things like that at our house openingly displayed. This maybe the reason I was not invited again! I wonder where Harriet is now.
Jane and Helen were new friends who lived in Romeo. They had gone to the Elementary school in Romeo so I did not meet them until started at the Romeo Junior High School.
Jane lived right across the street from the school. Once the school year got into full swing, I would often stay after school on Friday at Jane's. Sometimes it was for a dance, a football game, basketball game or just for a SLEEPOVER. Seventh grade was the first year I went to a school dance. They were always on Friday evening. We would spend all afternoon in Jane's bedroom getting ready! For the first hour at the dance, the music played and no one danced! Eventually the girls would get tired of waiting for the boys to ask them to dance and a few of the girls would get brave enough and just go dance. Then a few more and a few more...before you knew it the boys would join in. Every dance was always the same. We would just get the dance floor really going and the dance would be over!
I got to know Janie's mom, Phyllis, she was the sweetest woman. She made everyone who walked in the back door feel like they belonged in this loving home. I got a hug every time I came and every time I left to go home. She was a fabulous cook. She made food I had never heard of. And I always liked it. No matter what she made it was delicious! She cooked for her large family and there was always extra for the expected guests. There were always extra people!
The Dembowski's had a large, stately, two story home. It felt like a mansion when compared to our ranch which we filled to the brim with nearly as many kids as they had. I remember they had two bathrooms and one was downstairs next to the kitchen. We had one bathroom which all eight of us shared. One day, Jane's Mom, decided to redo the downstairs bathroom. It was a cute bathroom and did not seem like it needed to be changed or that anything was broken. This was in the days long before Home Depot, DYI and the nearly constant remodeling mode of today. It was in the day when functionality was the norm and this room was functional but she decided she wanted to change it. So she did! I had never known anyone to change a room just because...She painted and bought wallpaper which had bright, bold, vertical stripes on it. She decided to hang the wall paper horizontally instead of vertically. The first time I walked in after it was transformed, I was taken a back. It was an amazing, bold, bright transformation. She was the first adult who showed me very clearly how to "think outside the box". She demonstrated that it was OK to not follow the rules sometimes. And she was not afraid to make her own rules. I always loved her for that. It was a lesson I could never forget! It was also at that time when I learned that bold, bright colors were important to me! I believe that it was Jane's Mom's influence who helped me discover that. To this day when I see bold color, I think of her.
I spent many wonderful nights in this home away from home. It was a fun place full of activity. There was lots of noise and people doing things and going places. Since they lived in town, they did not need a ride here or there. We could always walk. It was at this time that I learned that there were so many more things in the world to do in TOWN! I decided that I liked it!
We visited many of the small businesses n Romeo. One of our favorites was a small shop downtown near the Drug Store on the east side of Main Street. Oh, I wish I could remember the name. It was one or two doors south of the Drug Store. It was a store that sold small gifts as I recall but my favorite thing about it was the candy counter which had jars full of candy sticks in many different flavors. They had every flavor imaginable but my favorite was chocolate mint. I also bought a small chocolate squares which melted in your mouth. We were frequent customers.
Those are just a few of my memories of 7th Grade in Romeo. The next school year, we moved to Imlay City and I would begin all over with a new batch of friends in a new school and would miss my Romeo friends dearly.
Hope you enjoy these memories as much as I did!