Friday, October 29, 2010

Soap Or Eats


BOOOooooOOO HAPPY HALLOWEEN Bloggerland Sweet Pink Chics....

If you go and visit Beverly you will find some sweet Treats with no Tricks....just lots of fun blogs to visit!

I have to tell you a cute little Halloween story that my dear Mom told me a long time ago. Now when Mom told the story she gave lots of detail that I have forgotten. I was very young when she told me the story of her first Halloween in Des Moines, Iowa, about 1920, where she had her first teaching job. She grew up in a very small Iowa town where the kids got together and had lots of Halloween fun with some naughtiness thrown in....like tipping over an outhouse while a grumpy neighbor was inside and running tick tacks up windows, but somehow they did not go trick or treating is my understanding or she would have understood the two young boys who knocked on her apartment door....

They opened the door to two young goblins that said, "Soap or Eats." Mom thought they must be hungry or they wanted some soap. She and Dad were about to sit down to dinner, so she had the stunned boys come in and she sat them down and fed them DINNER! Now the way she told it, I could picture these two boys about ten or eleven who were expecting some candy for their bags and were probably too surprised to protest sitting quietly eating dinner with my parents. I do know they said not a word and when they were finished, they very politely got up, said "Thank You" and fled. I still laugh about that little story and wonder what they told their parents and later their own children about the strange couple that did not have any candy, but fed them dinner...lol!

Moms Dad was the country doctor for miles around. Grandpa had a heart of gold, but he was stern and my poor Mama was always getting herself into trouble for the pranks she could not help but fall into! The morning after the outhouse was tipped over, she told me Grandpa said casually, I heard that old Mr So And So was using his outhouse when it mysteriously fell over..I don't suppose any of you know anything about that.....Mom said she could feel herself blush and her heart beat faster, but on that occasion, that was all Grandpa said or did. Her older sister, Adrianna, was always looking at Mama in horror of the things she would get into...she would regale me with her little stories and I would laugh until my sides ached...Me? I was the opposite...I was a good girl! Ha!

Be Good, Be Safe And By All Means Enjoy Those Treats!
Jil

19 comments:

Char said...

Jil, don't you just love to hear the stories of days gone by? That warms the heart, the good ole days. What a wonderful tale of toil and trouble. Happy Pink Saturday and enjoy your Halloween, it's going to be gone before we know it. Char

Mari said...

HELLO JIL...
LOL WHAT A CUTE AND FUNNY POST!!! THANKS FOR THE LAUGH :) HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE HALLOWEEN AND A VERY HAPPY PINK SATURDAY!!!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Jil Sweetie...
That is so darn cute, you did share this story with style. I love it. And I was laughing and laughing. I can just imagine your folks thinking they were hungry, so let them come in and eat, and the boys were probably afraid to run, so they went in and ate, and then went on trick or treating. How cute sweetie. What a beautiful memory to share today. I so love it.

Have a beautiful and safe Halloween. Have some dinner ready incase a few kids stop by for eats.

Love ya sweetie. Many hugs and SO much love, Sherry

Jacalyn @ rmebathproducts.com said...

Too funny Jil. I would love to hear what those boys had to say! Happy Halloween!

Happy PS,
Jacalyn

Kathy said...

Happy Pink Saturday! Love the story! I wonder if those boys share that story today! I always say I am the 'good girl' of the family too!
It is just the people I'm around who do naughty things!
Hope you have a fantastic and safe weekend!
Kathy

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Jil, I love hearing the old stories too. My Daddy used to keep us in stitches with his stories! He was such a good story teller and always told the truth but exaggerated it just a bit to make it more interesting. He had quite the talent for keeping you glued to your seat to hear it all the way to the end. Your mother must have been a real character! Thank you for sharing and Happy Pink Saturday, my sweet friend.

Blessings,
Sandi

fannipauline said...

Hi Jil - your story about Halloween takes me back many years and the fun I use to have on Halloween. Living in Southern California - we had lots of citrus trees. A whole bunch of us would go into the orchard and "swipe" citrus - - - then we would go to someone's house and all sit in a big circle and tell ghost stories. I look back and we never thought we were stealing - we were just having fun. I guess I was a juvevarazzatinquent before they ever coined the term..

fannipauline said...

Somesthing got mixed up in my comment. I meant to say juvenile delinquent before the term was coined. That doesn't sound too good - but we never, ever thought we were actually stealing from someone. Oh my - oh my

Tami said...

Hi Jil..what a fun story! Happy pinks to you!! Happy Halloween too..xo Tami

Bella said...

Hi Jil, What a great story!! wouldn't it be fun to talk to those boys now!! They must have been stunned:-))
Have a wonderful halloween!
Bella

Jacqueline said...

Happy Pink Saturday! I loved your stories of your mom. What a prankster and I bet she drove your grandpa nuts.

Maybe I should invite the 300 kids we get in to eat tonight rather than treats, no that would be way too much work!

Gossamer Creations said...

Cute story !!!!
HPS,
Sue

That shabby Pink Girl said...

Hi Jil
that is a really cute story. You can get a Car I hear at Chevron.com
If you can't get one let me know.

Have a perfectly wonderful Pink Day.

Hugs and Hugs
marian elizabeth

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

A fun and special story handed down from generation to generation. Those are the best and now that you have it written it will be enjoyed forever by many! Thanks for sharing and Happy Pink Halloween Saturday!

DOLLIEGIRL said...

JIL I LOVE HEARING STORIES FROM DAYS GONE BY AND YOURS WAS A GOOD ONE .HOPE YOU HAVE A HAPPY HALLOWEEN HUGS LINDA

luluslovlies said...

Happy Pink Saturday and Happy Pink Halloween Jill, your post this week is cute and too funny, I featured you on my post so I hope some people stop by to say Hi! I think my post might be too spooky but it is all in fun as I have great neighbors! Stop by for a quick peep and don't be scared out of your bejezuss! Heartful Pink Hugs, Marilou

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, Jil.

I love your the memories of your mother's "tricks". She must have been so much fun!

My father was one of four brothers, and he always had fun stories to share of their adventures.

Donnie said...

Loved your Pink Halloween Saturday post. That story was so cute.

Dru said...

I loved your story Jil - old stories are just the best!! Happy Pink Saturday to you!