10 of My Favorite Memories from Muncie, Indiana
- Sitting on the front porch in July at 2am, while sipping a Coke from Cantrell’s Barber Shop, and watching the cars go by.
- Walking to Heekin Park with my dad on a warm summer day.
- Running through the middle of the clothing racks at the downtown Ball Stores or Sears Department stores.
- Playing army with all the neighborhood kids…across every yard in the area…hiding behind or in or on any tree, garage, or house that seemed to provide good cover.
- Going on my first date to see the fireworks on the 4th of July at Prairie Creek Reservoir. (1978)
- Seeing Halloween…at the Rivoli Theater…at night…alone. Then, checking the backseat of my car before getting in for the ride home.
- Going fishing in Stoney Creek with my dad, and catching bluegill and catfish with a cane pole.
- The New Year’s Eve Sing at the Fairlawn Church of Christ, followed by all-night bowling at the Village Bowl, followed by breakfast at the Big Wheel Restaurant.
- Sledding down the big hill on the west side of the reservoir. (I went back recently, and that hill looks tiny now. What happened? Also, where did it come from? It seems so random. I sure hope it wasn’t a Native American mound that we’ve destroyed over the years.)
- Sharing all of my inner thoughts and feelings…all of my fears and hurts…with my therapist….my little white dog with the brown ears named Sugar. I had her from the time I was one until I was seventeen years old.
- Okay...so, I had to add one more...seeing the woman who would become my wife for the first time. It was at church...she was a BSU student...I was home from college for the weekend. Man! The long, curly brown hair and the exotic eyes! Whew!
Obviously, this list isn’t exhaustive, and I’ll probably think of a dozen more that I cherish in the next hour, but I’ve enjoyed remembering these as they came to mind.
What about you? What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood in your hometown…especially if you’re from Muncie?