Sunday, 4 November 2012

Storytelling Sunday ~ Mr Sandman

It’s the first Sunday of the month and that can only mean one thing. It’s time for the telling of tales and the sharing of stories and maybe a few pictures to go with them.

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Once upon a time, when I was a very small girl indeed, another little girl lived next door and we played together in our garden almost every day. By the time I started school her family had moved, but we still played together from time to time. We stayed friends into our early teens and then they moved a very long way away.

You might remember I went to 50th anniversary party a couple of weeks ago. That celebration was for the other little girl’s Mum and Dad. We had a lovely evening and it was great to see her again after 30 years. One thing she asked me was, “Did we play with a man that you could push over?” and the answer was, “Yes. Yes we did!”

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I don’t actually remember him at all, but my brother does and says we called him Mr Sandman. I dug through the family photos when we got back home and found these two little gems. I was able to email them to her and I thought I’d share them with you today. I’m the little girl on the left, in case you were wondering.

If it’s a dark and stormy night sort of tale you’re after, then there are plenty to be found at Sian’s place. Mine from last November fits the bill too.

20 comments:

Katrina said...

Oooh I remember something like Mr Sandman too. I will have to ask my Mum for a little look through some of her old photo's. I don't have any of my childhood, something my two will never say, lol!

scrappyjacky said...

This brings back memories....we had a Santa version of Mr Sandman!!

humel said...

Fabulous - so glad you had photos to share with your friend and with us!

Miriam said...

How wonderful that you found the photos and met up with a friend from so long ago.

Sian said...

This is absolutely lovely Fiona - what gorgeous evocative photos with a really heartwarming story to go with them. I remember one of these at my nursery school and I thought it was a bit spooky - and I loved seeing it again today and appreciated its retro look!

Thanks for this one Fiona - it's a great story

Sian said...

This is absolutely lovely Fiona - what gorgeous evocative photos with a really heartwarming story to go with them. I remember one of these at my nursery school and I thought it was a bit spooky - and I loved seeing it again today and appreciated its retro look!

Thanks for this one Fiona - it's a great story

Irene said...

I just love those black and white photographs. Two happy little girls at play. I am glad it worked out that you met up again and are now in touch. It's a lovely link to your past.

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

We had something like that when I was little too. You punched him and he bounced back up. Great story!

Ladkyis said...

At my daughter's playgroup he was Mr Weeble, because Weebles wobble but they don't fall down.
Gosh! a happy five minutes as I thought back to those far off days, thank you.

Lisa said...

Great photos and I recall my 3 having a modern updated mr sandman too! lol... also my mum used to put me in one of those swings in the kitchen door way so i could swing and she could see me while she did things in the kitchen.... funny how a photo can bring back so many memories from yesteryear! you look so very cute too btw
:D
Lisa
xx

Mel said...

Such a precious little pic. I think we had a toy like this - the toddler version of a punchbag for all that toddler rage over overpriced apple juice and nappy rash!

Missus Wookie said...

Oh how lovely that you were able to get together with an old friend, confirm a memory she had and find the photos too. I remember something like that too - amazing how many of us do :lol:

Amy said...

What a great memory she had - those photos are absolutely adorable!

Becky said...

What great photos! I had a swing just like that when I was tiny! I love Mr Sandman, and fancy your friend remembering him!

Lisa-Jane said...

Oh my! What lovely photos and how wonderful that you have such pictures to aid your memories.

Cheri said...

Just love chubby little girl legs with white socks and maryjanes!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Fabulous sharing - I love the unearthed kind of memories. And I agree with Sian that there is something just a little spooky about the sandman.
Rinda

furrypig said...

how brilliant to meet up again after 30 ears and the photos are just lovely!

Chipper said...

It is amazing the different things that each child remembers. I never had anything like Mr Sandman and I think I am glad - he was as big as you!

Jo said...

What great photos and a lovely memory x