Wednesday, September 3, 2014

And then Life happens and reality sets in…..

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Bonnie (of ‘Organic Discourse’) posted about a detour that took her past a ‘Talc Mine’ in Robbins, NC. I didn’t know Talc was mined in NC. I realize there are a lot of things I don’t know, as I age, and I am trying to do it well.

HOWEVER, that term ‘talc’ immediately generated some of the best memories of my life. Memories shared by a young blissfully happy young couple.  Past Sunday Sherry called our oldest son, and we sang happy birthday, We remembered a baby, 56 yrs ago..


(the above baby is that baby’s son)

So I ask, ‘Do you remember baby powder?’


What SWEET memories. Can you remember Just after the bath, the baby bottom is powdered, then a clean cloth diaper, a time that made for some of the fondest times of our lives. The baby smells so good and giggles so sweetly when you blow into their belly and make the airplane noises.


The time before the girlfriend disappointments, sneaking a cigarette, arrests, before drugs, auto wrecks and divorce.  A time when you were in charge. A time that would never go away; and then reality strikes, an individual develops, he is no longer a baby.  So LIFE GOES ON.

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But… but… but I still have that memory, it is set like concrete, IT WILL NOT BE ERASED, because that was life at that time. A period of good smells, laughs, thrills at seeing the learning taking place. Your baby is the cutest, sweetest; the best one in the world.

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I know some of you remember washing the #2 out of the diaper in the toilet. Some of you remember that smell too.


You might have stayed up all night, walking, rocking, wondering what is wrong? Should we take him to the emergency room. Maybe I should call mama and ask. But… but…. but… at the end of the night when you are beat, and he is settled, making cute  noises, sweetly smiling in his sleep, LIFE IS THE BEST and that image is frozen for all time.



No matter how many times they must pick themselves up and dust themselves off, YOU remember YOUR BABY and the smell of Talcum powder.

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PS: True story.. This was the winning entry for the contest: The Most Caring Child.

.****** A four-year-old child, whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman, who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's' yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his mother asked him what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy just said, 'Nothing, I just helped him cry.'

(I just thought, that is all we need sometimes)


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That is a ‘68 Chevy, #2 son Mark’s first car. The flames are painted  not decals. It was born blue, I painted it and did some custom work on the inside.


betty said...

Nothing smells better than a baby freshly washed and baby powdered! If we could only keep them young and under our jurisdiction; life would be so much more less stressful :)



A baby can smell so sweet or very bad depending. Nice to remember them growing up.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I do remember and loved the smell. Now my children don't use it on the grands. Something about it's not good for them...I can't figure how something so wonderful can't be good, but that is what they say. For me it's wonderful to have those memories that time can't erase. Thanks for the reminder today!

shirl72 said...

I didn't know it was Jack,Jr.
Birthday..I should put it on my
calender. He was a cute baby and
now a handsome man. He has a wonderful personality and get alone with everybody one.

He was sitting right there at
the airport when I arrived. He looked my flight up on the computer and knew I was delayed
and was right there. I will
have to tell he is a genius just like his Dad.

Paula said...

I like this entry so much and I can smell the baby powder from here. Like Ma says don't think they use it anymore. My first great grandson will be born in November. I just bought him a pair of John Deere socks yesterday.

Mevely317 said...

I love, love this post, Jack -- and all the wonderful memories it evokes. Inhale! :)

We're off on a little excursion up north (Arizona) for a few days, but look forward to 'talking' with you later on!

Woody said...

Fresh Talcum Powder, nice smell, we had VanDerbilt Talc Company here for years, huge underground dug out caverns, 4oo employees, today it has a small pit, 5 employees and mines are all flooded, lots of Miners died of Talc Dust in their lungs.
Hoping you 2 are doing OK, we are Doctoring sore throats and ear infestions togeather!!!!!!
Take Care !!
Gary an Anna Mae

Glenda said...

Love, love, love this one! Yep, remember clearly the talc (and #2) in cloth diapers. Sweet pics of those kids and their babies, actually cuter than the kittens and they were adorable!!!

Chatty Crone said...

I love love love all your photos - you had have a wonderful life.

Love the smell of Talc too.

Alas dear Jack - did you know Talc causes cancer???

Jimmy's Journal said...

I remember the smell vividly and it was the perfect fix to your aforementioned #2 diaper. another not so welcomed memory.....


Rick Watson said...

Another good post Jack. I love that car.
They don't make 'em like that anymore.