Mondays with Melitas – October 24, 2011

REMINISCING THROUGH OLD PICTURES                                       


     I’ve been searching around through old pictures trying to get  them into some sort of order when I ran into  this one.  You may’ve read my story several months ago how the only thing I ever wanted for Christmas was a football — a simple thing, all the toy stores would have them, and they couldn’t  have been all that expensive.  Never in all my  93½ years did Santa EVER drop me off one, and that is why I probably told all my younger cousins that there was NO Santa Claus, so don’t  bother on depending on one.  I just hated those dolls that kept coming year after year.

    And no wonder, when I saw my friend Lennie waltzting along on Chapman Ave. showing off his football that he had gotten for Christmas,  that I promptly cold-cocked him, grabbed the football, and ran for a touchdown landing over the goal line which was under my bed. 

     You would also know that a little later, the doorbell would ring, announcing visitors and Mom would go to answer, and whaddya know there was Mrs. Tanner with wimp Lennie practically hiding under her skirt — and a tear-stained face.  I was called to appear at the front door – AND BRING THE FOOTBALL —  so I had to give up my stolen goods, and a little later having the be-jeez spanked out of me.

      Let’s go back to the picture with the dolls on the chairs.  Does it appear in your wildest dreams that I seem to be absolutely thrilled and acting quite motherly with that rotten, puny-looking, moth-eaten, beat-up doll?  No way.  And there is my little sister with an almost life-size beautiful doll, and you just know she is brimming over with motherliness, and looking so angelic while she was at it. 

      The Lennie episode came a few years later after I had been working out so I could hold my own against the fellas —  they outnumbered the girls in our neighborhood so one has to start at an early age to know how to take care of one’s self.


MELITAS FORSTER                                                                                October 23, 2011


6 Comments to “Mondays with Melitas – October 24, 2011”

  1. Melitas,
    Your football story has always been my favorite!!! Keep up the great stories….love them. Asked tam last night about what you were writing about. I absolutely love reading about your life!!! Cheers!

  2. You sure do write great stories and so very interesting. You were quite an active young girl and so cute. Take care and keep up the good work. … Esther

  3. Priceless! Reading your stories is just like sitting with you and hearing you talk. A gift.


  5. all I know is that I can’t wait for the book to be released…Short Stories by Melitas Forster…you will be right up there with William Soroyan. After a day with second graders your stories are a delight to read. Thanks Melitas!!!!

  6. Mena, I’m so sorry that you never got that football. You knew what you wanted.


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