Lynn’s Recollections and Reflections #33

Our Family of Four

We got into a great routine as a family.

Our neighbors next door had a little girl a few months before Annie and our neighbors across the street had a son and daughter about Kenny’s age.

We became fast friends with not only our neighbors but others in the neighborhood.

I loved being a stay-at-home mom with the kids while Keith tended to his business which is about 10 minutes from our house. A few hours a week, while Kenny was at school, I did the bookkeeping for Keith and dabbled a bit in my Interior Design work but mostly I was doing it for family and friends.

Where Kenny went to School

Kenny’s dad was still always causing some kind of a problem. For many years I was driving Kenny 45 minutes to go to school because his dad didn’t think the schools where we lived were “good enough” for Kenny. I was able to keep him in his original elementary school through 5th grade because they didn’t realize that I was out of the district.

It was still a long drive and he didn’t get to know kids who lived near us and it was hard to maintain friendships with the kids who he went to school with because it was far enough away that they couldn’t see each other often.

Middle School

One Kenny was entering middle school, we had to find another situation. His dad agreed to a private school in another town but they had a bus service for a few of the kids that lived near us. I just had to drive him every morning to a neighbor’s and then pick him up each day. The unfortunate part was they were on the bus for an hour both ways and again, he wasn’t making friends here or at the new school.

He did play baseball with the boys who lived the closest but games and practices seemed to be the extent of their friendship.

We did the best we could to find other kids for him to play with here. We had him involved in sports. However, when the kids went their separate ways for school, there was no way for Kenny to have a sense of belonging anywhere.

He was a pretty lonely kid! I could see it but I didn’t know what to do about it.

Looking back how I wish I had not been so afraid and did what was right for Kenny, not what was demanded of by his dad.

Next Time!

We bought a new boat and it would change our lives forever!

Peace & Love,

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  1. The Introduction
  2. My Parents and Their Friends in the 60s
  3. A Lonely Kid
  4. The Day I Ran Away TO Home
  5. The Tornado
  6.  Moving Away from My Friends
  7. The Summer of 1975
  8. Living with the Devil
  9. After the Summer of 1975
  10. The Wedding
  11. Newlyweds and 2 New Houses
  12. A Baby
  13. Behind Closed Doors
  14. Living the Dream
  15. Four Tumultuous Years
  16. My Sister
  17. Fast Forward To Today
  18. The Divorce
  19. Do Your Homework
  20. Why Am I Writing This
  21. Living Through Abuse
  22. Fixer Upper
  23. Dating Single Mom
  24. The Ghost
  25. Losing My Favorite House
  26. Present Day
  27. Meeting “Handy”
  28. Falling in Love
  29. Becoming a Grandma
  30. Where Did We Leave Off
  31. And Then There Was Annie
  32. Something Else Was Happening

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