Sunday, June 8, 2008

Popping The Waterplug Just For Old Time's Sake...

Every time I see a fire hydrant sprinkler on I am transformed to my childhood days of growing up in Camden (aka the 'hood). There weren't many swimming pools in our city and my mom was fearful of letting me go the public pool. The fire hydrant near the elementary school I once attended was the way we stayed cool! Someone would open it, albeit illegally, and all the kids would gleefully go running. We'd have so much fun splashing until a police officer would come and turn it off!

There was one time I remembered sitting in front of the water so this car could go by and just as it rolled in front of the hydrant I jumped off so the water would spray all over the car. Suddenly I saw break lights and heard my name..."Tanisha!" Oh shoot this person knew me which put the fear of God in me because if they knew me, then they knew my mom. Anyone who knew my mom knew she didn't play that and this was something I could quite possibly have gotten in trouble for. All my friends started "oooh"ing and snickering. I tipped over to the car and there was my uncle Ronnie, my mom's brother! I immediately began apologizing profusely- 'Ooooh Uncle Ronnie, I'm so sorry, I didn't know it was you.' In my mind I was thinking 'please don't tell my mom'. He just laughed and told me to behave or something along those lines and drove off. He never told my mom and neither did I until much later in life! This is now one of my greatest summertime memories, I always laugh everytime I think of it!

11 comments:

Amy said...

What a great memory! You lucked out since he never told. I can remeber "shooting the bird" at a friend and my father driving by. I swore I was waving HI!

Paul, Aja, Miss Hannah & Sara Kate said...

Hey is this a line in Will Smith's song Summertime. Now I know what that means. How fun!! Would have loved to experience that myself!! Makes me thirsty for some summer fun... enjoy yours Tanisha!!

Aja- at Serendipity

Charity Sorrells said...

Uncle Ronnie is the best!

Me said...

Great story! Hugs for Uncle Ronnie!

Angela V. said...

LOL, great summer memory! Your Uncle was great about it too!

Classygirl said...

Summer, summer, summertime! Sounds like a bunch o' fun to me!

formossissima said...

Somehow, the free thrills of summer are the ones I remember best, too - playing in the fire hydrant, watching the country fair fireworks from our front yard, stuff like that. Thanks for bringing it back!

Carmen Olson said...

Sounds like Uncle Ronnie was the Best! Great summer memories thanks for sharing.

Marsha said...

What a blast!! Good thing it was Uncle Ronnie.

The fire dept opens the hydrant in front of our house once a summer, the kids love it.

ValAnn said...

That is great! I've always seen kids playing in the hydrant water, and it looks like a blast. But we have always lived in the country so i didn't get to do that...

Helena said...

OOH I would of been shaking in my boots, lol!!! Bet he was your fav uncle after that!

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