Free 28 Day Holiday Challenge

Free 28 Day Holiday Challenge
Slow down this holiday season- click on the snow to find out more about this challenge

Thursday, July 8, 2010

tranquility to chaos= third grade

  Well, it is almost Friday fellow readers... and bloggers and that means it's time for the Mommy's Piggy Tales Post... today is the 5 th post in a series of 15 about my childhood.. We are preserving these memories for our children...
  My tranquil world of no television, no siblings, and fields full of butterflies in Queen Ann's lace  was about to end. I would not be having anymore Sunday morning breakfasts with my grandmother. I was about to enter third grade, but not in NY in FL. When I am asked about my childhood... this time stands clear in my mind.
Moving from Ny to FL.
   We were in the Volvo, traveling down a hot highway going South. My grandmother did not have custody of me my mother did and my mother was in Florida for the  past 4 years. My father demanded that I go live with my mother and not my grandmother.
So here we were with the car loaded with 2 of my suitcases of clothes and some of my books.
Along the way my grandmother smiled a lot, but I could tell she was so sad on the inside, we had been living together since I was two years old and we had a bond. We sang songs all the way to Florida, and I would wave to all the truckers and they would lean on their horns and give me a honk. I got such a kick out of that. I counted licence plates and played I spy with my little eye with my grandmother.
In a few days we were there... The sunny state.. It did not feel sunny to me.. even if the sun was shining brightly.
We pulled up to the apartment complex.. the apartment was built in a tunnel shaped building that looked like a bat cave.  It was a stark difference from the horizon views of my grandmothers house.It looked gloomy but the temperature was cool in the "cave". We knocked on the hollow door.The number said 704. NO one answered? where was my mother? Wasn't she waiting for me to get there? We got back in the car and went to a gas station and called my mother, still no answer. My grandmother  told me she was angry and wanted to turn right around and go back to NY. My grandmother told me the apartment was not child friendly. We sat in our hot car for over 2 hours until we called my mother again and this time she answered. I was so disappointed I secretly did not want her to answer.

  There stood my mother  with her dark hair and green eyes... opening the door of 704. Her sun kissed skin, was welcoming me in. She started kissing me and treating me like a baby. She was talking in a voice like you talk to a kitty or a dog. She was going on and on about how I could get a nice tan and swim in the apartments pool. Couldn't she tell that I did not care about swimming in any pool. I missed my school, my friends and my grandmothers house, my house for the past 5  or more years. I walked into the house and looked around it looked very neat and clean. A man appeared, he had a beard. My mom introduced him as her boyfriend. I did not really like beards.
  She took me down a small hallway to a door and opened it, it was a small white cubicle room. It looked like a jail cell to me. No dresser, No pictures just one air mattress with a sheet and pillows.  My mother told me she would  she would get me a bed soon.  I know it would  not  compare to my canopy, back at my grandmothers.A large window on the ground floor looked out at the front of my grandmother's  parked Volvo.
I remember my mother making us dinner.. I dont' remember what we ate except a baked potato. I didnt' eat much of  anything else, but I remember the potato, I ate the potato until the skin was empty and sagged on the plate like an old worn out shoe. I remember after dinner thinking of my birthday that year, and how I would have to spend it here with my mother. I bet she did not know where to get balloons or how to bake a cake... I wanted to relinquish my mother like she was a balloon I could just let go at will.
  After dinner my mother's boyfriend went to his night job and my mother took us on a tour of the "grounds". It was a concrete world as far as I was concerned.
 That night my grandmother and I shared the air mattress. She read me stories from her James Thurber book. We giggled under the covers and she gave me a bumble bee kiss. She told me she was leaving very early to get back to NY and she would call me every day. She told me she would not wake me to say goodbye. I fell asleep crying..I dreamed of being back at her house in the warmth of her kitchen playing restaurant, but when I awoke... in the early light I could see my grandmother outside my window. The digital clock read 5:11. I knocked on the pan of glass. She looked so sad and she was hiding her tears. I felt a lump in my throat and tears welled in my eyes. She blew me 4 kisses and opened her car door to get behind the steering wheel. I stood in front of the window and I came undone. The sight of my cherished grandma leaving was devastating. I pounded my fists against the thick pained glass window and cried deep sobs. It never woke my mother, and my mother did not wake up until 9m that morning. I sat in my room alone... wishing my grandmother would come back and take me home.. Where we could talk and read and I would not feel alone.

 My old life, my life with my grandmother was on one side of a bridge and now I found myself standing on the other side, the side of my mother and our life in Florida.


Cameron said...

Oh my gosh Lisa! I cried when I read this! What a hard memory to share. I can't imagine how difficult that would be. I'm hoping things get better from here...

I feel like I'm reading a book with all these posts & piecing things together about everyone's life. Your grandmother sounds so wonderful!

Olivia said...

What a heart-wrenching story! You wrote it so poignantly that it was beautiful as well as so sad!

Berry Patch said...

This broke my heart. What a sad and scary time for you. And your grandmother. How heart-wrenching for her as well.

Casie said...

Wow...what a thing to face at such a tender age. I'm so sorry you had to just stand and watch your grandma leave like that. *big hugs* to you!

Crystal said...

How awful to have to leave the wonderful world you had grown to love and move to a foreign concrete one! How sad to be uprooted like that!
Thank you for sharing this tough memory with us. I hope in the weeks to come we get to hear you did find some joy again in your new home!

Mom2three said...

This was so sad! I spent a lot of time with my grandma when I was growing up, so just the thought of not having that time would break my heart, because yours sounded so wonderful! I really am anxious to read more of your story and see how this worked out!

Anonymous said...

How heartbreaking! Your memories of your Grandma's house are so vivid I felt like I was actually there! Thanks for sharing!

Fountain of Health

Fountain of Health

Trying to lose weight and gain more energy?

how far have you come to visit?

My Blog List

parent/ blogs

vegan blogs


plant based blogs

Blog Archive


letters of love from china (5) Are you in a book club? (3) Higland NY (3) (3) death (3) elf on the shelf (3) mothers day (3) muffin tin monday (3) photography (3) tablescape (3) 15 top books (2) Ashley (2) Letter S is the A to Z challenge (2) adoption (2) ashley sisk (2) books (2) caffeine (2) cinco de mayo (2) (2) depression (2) easter (2) eggs (2) emotions (2) facebook (2) food (2) friends (2) gaining weight (2) gingerbread decorating party (2) help (2) journaling (2) kindergarten (2) lavender ice cream (2) male end of the year gifts (2) parties (2) pink and green thursday (2) questions (2) scavenger hunt (2) summer wedding (2) weight watchers (2) #2 (1) 10 best things about my christmas (1) 1st in a series from A-z. (1) 20 minute meals (1) 200 follower (1) 2011 best blogs (1) 5 minutes peace (1) 5 question friday from fivecookedhalos (1) 5 top books (1) 504 main (1) ADHD (1) ARuba (1) Alicia Quintana (1) Alzheimers (1) Asparagus (1) Benmarl winery (1) Between YOU and ME (1) Chuang Yen Monastery (1) DO you have an elf on your shelf? (1) Dear Mrs. LaRue (1) Demetia (1) E.L.F make up (1) Escoffier (1) Farm market food (1) Father (1) Fawn (1) Fine arts (1) Forgiveness (1) Giveaway MAY (1) Happy for no reason (1) Highlandcafe (1) Hoboken (1) Jan (1) Jones farm (1) Leave me a comment please (1) March (1) Mark Teague (1) May 1st (1) Millbrok (1) Miss. Dutchess county Pageant (1) Mommy's piggy tales (1) NAPA valley (1) NJ (1) Nitendo wii giveaway (1) Oblong Millerton NY (1) Patrick's day clues and fun (1) Pier 1... and tasting party (1) Post office in pre-k (1) Proust (1) Pysanky (1) Salmon (1) St. pat's lunch (1) Steve Ciancio Auto body (1) Umami (1) Vassar Collge (1) Victoria Martorano (1) WIN (1) Westpoint Ny (1) Xenium (1) Y is for (1) You'll be in my heart (1) Yummee cupcake cafe (1) Zinfindel (1) a jornal for jordan (1) adhdmomma (1) adventures in bento making (1) and name of Lisa (1) ann landers (1) apiphobia (1) artistic (1) aspargaus primavera (1) authors (1) autism (1) back tatoo (1) backyard flock (1) bake me a wish (1) barnes and noble (1) beach (1) bed and breakfast (1) bento boxes (1) bird (1) bisphenol-A free cans (1) black pumpkin (1) blog (1) blog hop (1) blog party (1) bloom into fashion (1) book club holilday party (1) book fair (1) book review (1) bree tanner (1) bride and groom corpse (1) bridesmaids the movie girls not out night (1) bulletin board (1) bumble bee (1) cake boss (1) calm (1) camera (1) candy apples (1) canfield casino in congress park (1) carmel (1) carnival (1) cell phone use (1) chair (1) change your life (1) charlie smith (1) charming place (1) cheating (1) cheesecake (1) chicken coop (1) childhood (1) children's books (1) children's miracle network (1) chipmunks... (1) chocolate rabbits. (1) christmas tree farm (1) clean eating (1) coffe on the patio (1) conflicts with children who have adhd (1) confrontation (1) cookie swap (1) cookies (1) corsage t (1) country christmas (1) coupon parties (1) cousins (1) coyotes (1) creative cakes (1) creative charactes (1) crepes (1) cupcakes (1) dad (1) dali lama (1) dating (1) day 11 (1) day 12 (1) day 4 (1) day 8 (1) depressed. (1) diamonds (1) dip (1) dip and Quesedillas with mango sauce. (1) diryt dozen movies... alex cavanaugh (1) dogs (1) dopamine (1) dr.seuss (1) dragons (1) dressmaker (1) earrings (1) earth day (1) earth day books (1) edible flowers (1) egg dye (1) egg whites (1) elmo (1) enchantresses3 (1) erdajt (1) failure (1) fairies (1) fall and halloween literature... pinkoween for susan komen foundation (1) family (1) fashion (1) father's day (1) fathers day (1) feast of clams.. breakfast mornings (1) featured blogger (1) feed me book friday (1) finding healing (1) firefly lane (1) fireproof (1) first time i feel like this at fall (1) (1) flip flops (1) flying fishbone resteraunt (1) folding laundry (1) friday follow (1) friendships (1) frog umbrella (1) frogs (1) fun (1) furture (1) games for holiday parties (1) gerald mcdermott (1) gerber days (1) get up early (1) gift (1) gift giving to hostess (1) giveaway contest (1) gnome costume (1) google (1) grab the button (1) hagan das (1) happiness project (1) harvest salad. (1) (1) helicopter moms (1) herb (1) holding a boy back... retention (1) holiday fun with kids (1) honey bees (1) horton (1) household things (1) hudson valley (1) hummingbird feeder (1) insect lore (1) island getaway (1) italian bees (1) j is for jewerly (1) jenny mcCarthy (1) jill murphy (1) jornaling (1) kat von d (1) kelle hampton (1) kellys korner (1) kids food (1) ladybug unit (1) last letter day 14 (1) lava cake (1) lavender wants (1) leaves (1) lego party for a 5 year old. (1) lemonade stand (1) letter to son (1) letterboxing with kids (1) letters (1) life expectancy Dean Koontz (1) life is a special occasion (1) life renewal (1) locurto (1) lost (1) lost phone (1) love Dare (1) lunch ideas (1) m and m (1) making the rounds with Oscar (1) mama kats losin it (1) martha stewart (1) mascarpone cheese (1) matzo ball soup... (1) meme (1) memorial day flowers (1) merritt books store (1) metropolitan museum of art (1) miche purse (1) midday escapades (1) milk carton houses (1) miniature doll house items sold in sets (1) moca (1) mojito cake (1) mojitos (1) mom's tea for cheers and tears (1) mother day tea (1) mother dealing with adhd (1) mother poetry (1) mothers (1) muffin tin lunch (1) my first vlog (1) my son loved them (1) nap porch (1) nectar (1) negative thinking (1) nests (1) neurofibromatosis (1) newburgh mother (1) nicholas sparks (1) nursing home (1) ocean grove (1) ode to my son (1) olives (1) one2try (1) onion domes (1) ontario (1) open house (1) options (1) organize and then treat yourself (1) oscar the grouch project (1) owl (1) paint (1) part ideas (1) party favor (1) patricia pollaco (1) pennies for peace (1) perfection (1) perfection by julie metz (1) phil collins (1) pie (1) piggy Tales number 3 (1) pigmania (1) pigs (1) pinkprep (1) pirate party (1) pollen (1) pop-top craft (1) popcorn (1) portion control (1) pre-k (1) pros and cons (1) puddle jumper (1) pumpkins (1) putting your son on the school bus for the first time. (1) ramblings and photos (1) random dozen (1) read it forward (1) readin (1) recharge (1) reflections new year (1) rock climber (1) room by emma donoghue (1) root beer (1) santa cookies (1) santa shaped snack (1) sarah's key (1) scavenenger hunt (1) seeds (1) sharon CT (1) shrimp omelette (1) sinfully delicious (1) sits day (1) smmothie (1) sneaky chef (1) snowdays (1) snowman tablescape (1) songs of three islands (1) sounds (1) split rail christmas tree farm (1) st. LUcia (1) starbucks recycle boxes (1) stella and dot (1) steven robert ciancio (1) stones into schools (1) storm trooper (1) strawberry themed party (1) stroke of insight (1) summers end (1) sunflowers (1) surprise snowballs (1) swim suit (1) tablescape of houses (1) talent (1) target (1) tarzan (1) taste of home (1) tate buds (1) tatoo (1) taxi (1) teacher appreciation (1) team edward (1) teengager (1) teeth (1) thansgiving table (1) the birth (1) the help (1) thirsty thursday (1) three cups of tea (1) tiger woods (1) tiny treasures buisness (1) tomie de paola (1) tooth fairy (1) top 11 blogs with cooking (1) tradtions (1) trendy tree house photo contest (1) turtles (1) twee poppets (1) tween (1) twilight (1) usborne children's art book (1) van gogh (1) vera bradley (1) violin (1) vitamin K (1) vivian photograhy (1) void of color (1) warwick (1) wasabi mommy (1) water (1) we read some great books at lunch about this (1) webkinz (1) wedding fall (1) weight loss (1) weight watcher recipe for chervil (1) weight watcher recipes (1) whimsical (1) win it (1) wineries (1) wineries in NY (1) winter chowder (1) wizard of oz (1) wreath making party (1) writers workship (1) writing letters to your children (1) yellow (1) you tube (1) young love (1) your town tuesday (1)