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When The Lights Went Out In Kindergarten!

Kindergarten. This is the time Charles Buell has asked us to write about. I was very lucky to have a wonderful and stable early childhood. This is probably why I am still quasi-sane today. Now, this statement is not open for debate. Sorry.

"The Secret to Youth is Arrested Development" unknown.

Edinburgh Indiana my hometown today!I can close my eyes and think back. My memory of that time is like photogenic to the point that I can remember what I was wearing and what everyone looked like. Except my parents for some reason. They hold only one caricature within my mind and heart and that is one of perfection. To me they are always young, healthy and perfect. As I close my eyes and take myself back to those times I am transported to a land of love, discovery and hope for the future. With my eyes closed and the true transport of mind and heart I can feel the joy of waking, the joy of breakfast and a hug from my mother.

Edinburgh Indiana way before I was born!I feel the wonderment of the world while gazing from my living room window. I can take myself back to the point that even if just for a few seconds I feel all the weight of the world being released from my shoulders and regain the innocence of the unknowing.

Life was a special gift that was ahead of me. I do not remember the very day I began Kindergarten but I remember the overall feeling of discovering the world of friends. I was born an only child and my parents, especially my mother, was very protective.

Not really me but she shows howI couldn't wait to go to Kindergarten!Going to Kindergarten meant I was going to get to spend hours every single day with other age. The anticipation grew each day before mom put me in the car and drove me to the little schoolhouse on the main drive of Edinburgh, Indiana.This really is about Kindergarten so bare with me. The day I truly remember and forget all at once, began with truth from me and the love of a little boy named Billy.

The truth. My parents were good friends with the owners of our one and only grocery store in town. It was an IGA store and the whole town shopped there. Since the owners were considered one of the wealthiest couples in Edinburgh, I got to enjoy the fruits of their labor by proxy!

They bought a color Television! This was the first color TV I had ever heard of!

I felt rich being able to watch our little   black and white TV at home and to get to see awesome shows like the Beatles on Ed Sullivan and Elvis and Red Skelton, Herman's Hermits and all the really cool new rock and roll!

But, their COLOR TV was the most incredible invention since sliced bread and I got to watch it! I was one lucky little girl. We were invited into their living room and I was able to see the very first color presentation of "The Wonderful World of Disney". Yep. I was there. I would place my footprints into cement if I could but you will just have to believe me. My first memory was the big colorful screen and I was pasted to it like white on rice! The adults were ... well, somewhere. Probably in the kitchen and I was in "little girl heaven".

Now this Sunday night ritual lasted for many moons.

I saw Disney, in living color, each week for many, many weeks.

And, I made the mistake of telling Billy about it. Big mistake.

Edinburgh was a very poor area.

A color TV was a dream and not a reality there.

I was sitting in Kindergarten class one day and it was a snowy day as it often is there. We were playing in the back of the school room and Billy was one of my friends. I mentioned to him that I got to see The Wonderful World of Disney each week on a big color TV.

Big mistake! My mouth gets me into mucho trouble!

Billy's reaction was...
"You did not!"
"Yes I did".
YOU Did not"
YES I did..."
"Liar!" (now, this is the first time anyone had ever called me that word. I knew better and I did not lie.)
I mouth dropped open and I took a huge breath...
And screamed at the top of my little lungs...

Billy picked up a book and whopped me, big time, right on the head.

Deb's lights went out.

I vaguely remember afterward...being at home in bed with my mother doting over me. Placing a cool rag on my forehead and a tiny radio in the background playing...
I Love How You Love Me, Paris Sisters...

So young. So innocent. I thought I loved Billy!  But, I didn't know anything back then...and back then...who cared?

I still care about Billy.


You can read here about the day I punched Billy's lights out!  I think I owed it to him...don't you? And, what I learned...avoid Billy!

The Day I Punched Billy's Lights Out...


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Comment balloon 23 commentsDeb Brooks • August 17 2011 07:10PM


Deb - Billy was a bad boy! Good thing you learned to stay away. I remember watching Disney on Sunday nights. It was the only night we could stay up past 8 pm. Remember the mouseketeers? "Hey there, hi there, ho there!" LOL

Posted by Judy Jennings, Broker - The Lanterns at Warren Woods - Ashland MA (The Green Company) almost 8 years ago

Judy, LOL..Mic...key....M-O-U-S-E! I'm afraid I do remember them! But, I was just a wee one. I'm so laughing.

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 8 years ago

Deb- oh what a wonderful story!  I loved Disney on Sunday night and Ed Sullivan and the guests that would appear. What memories you've brought back.

Congratulations.. You've been featured in BananaTude!


Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 8 years ago

Kathy, you are NOT that old! How can that possibly be? You look like a true youngin' you know? Wow, I feel a new process of bonding Thank you so much for the feature. I love bananatude! And, your attitude!


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 8 years ago

:-)  Wowee!  What is with us girls!  I was madly in love with a boy named Donald.  One day while in our science room (can you smell the formaldehyde?  and those black table with the holes in them?)  And Bunson Burners?

Well - our black smooth tables had cords resembling an old fashioned telephone cord hanging from them.  And one day, Donald came up behind me, reached down, grabbed the "telephone cord" - AND WRAPPED IT AROUND MY NECK AND PULLED!  He pulled so hard, it left mark on my neck in the wriggly shape of the cord.

You'd think that would have ended my crush.  No such thing - because after he got in REALLY BIG TROUBLE for doing it - he was EXTRA special nice to me.  And actually - was nice to me from then on.  Once, another kid standing on a sidewalk by the house where we waited for the bus, threw a frisbee kind of thing and accidently bonked me in the face with it - and Donald jumped right off the porch without using the steps and landed square on the kid and pounded him good!

Ah, the memories! Those were the days! :-)

Posted by Jean Singleton, Specializing in Your Special Needs (Keller Williams Capital District) almost 8 years ago

Jean, that is totally hilarious and dangerous! Why is it guys think the way to flirt when young is to pull our hair, whop us in the head and strangle us with phone cords?

No wonder he got into big trouble! Jeesh!

But, then to the rescue!!! How sweet. I think you ought to blog about that one and then place it into Diary too. And, yes, those were the days of childhood! I totally love using my memory to revisit.

I never did date Billy.

Did you date Donald?

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 8 years ago

Such a sweet story Deb.  Love thinking back over those memories.  I have some doozies.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury) almost 8 years ago

Deb, that was a great story. I now have to go back and read the story about you punching his lights out. I also loved your no debate sentence at the beginning of the story.


Posted by Cal Yoder, Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744 (Keller Williams Elite) almost 8 years ago

Hi Deb, I just wanted to thank you for all the kind comments you recently left on my bog posts....really appreciate it.....your story reminds me of the movie a Christmas Story with Ralphie, you'll shoot your eyes out kid.  I guess Billy was paying you back when you punched his lights out for kissing you.

Posted by Hrisco & Associates, Roanoke Homes for Sale - Roanoke Neighborhoods (Hrisco & Associates ) almost 8 years ago

So, did this all occur in the Valley in TX? I remember passing an Edinburgh on the way to my GREAT MaMa & PaPa in Alamo~ (moms side...) Great memories....

BTW~ I never wanted to discuss boys when I was in elementary! Made me cry! Go figure!

Posted by Lauren Selinsky Broker CRS, "Your Real Estate Broker" #oclauren (California Coastal Estates) almost 8 years ago

Love your stories, Deb!  My Grandmother had the first color TV in our family.  We'd get all dressed up (Sunday best!) and watch certain specials at her house like "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer".  Nothing like that Sunday evening Disney program - always something the whole family could enjoy.

Posted by Julia Maher, Connecticut Home Stager (Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes) almost 8 years ago

Love the story and it brought back great similar memories for me-especially the color tv part! specially the Disney show, but seeing the Supremes in those sequined technicolor  gowns on Ed Sullivan really knocked me out! LOL

Posted by Marco Giancola, Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida (Beachfront Realty) almost 8 years ago

OMG Deb, you too!  All your wonderful post brought more memories back for me.  We had an IGA in our home town too and a Tasty Freeze.

Posted by Ana Hitzel, Professional Home Stager Inland Empire ( AccentPositives Home Staging ) almost 8 years ago

Deb - When we were young, you knew a boy really, really liked you if they hit you or tripped you.  Crazy, isn't it?  Well, Billy was either over the moon for you or a big bully.  Hmmm, I'm guessing in this case, a bully. 

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) almost 8 years ago


Great post. Reminded me of alot of my memories except we didn't have kindergarten around here to much later. I started school in first grade. I think all of us probably had a Billy or a Milly that caused us some pain either physical or emotional.

Thanks for sharing.


Posted by Team Honeycutt (Allen Tate) almost 8 years ago

Thank you Paula! You should write about them. :-)

Cal, thanks for not attempting a debate...I'm afraid I would lose!

John, you're right about that! Boy, I would shoot my eye out! I'm surprised Billy didn't just punch me.

Lauren, no! This was in Indiana. Just south of Indianapolis. I'm not sure where Endinburgh, TX would be!

Julia, I loved it too. I felt so special with color in front of me. We didn't know what we were missing did we?


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 8 years ago

Oh, Deb, what a storyteller you are!!!  You and Cindy Westfall BOTH have marvelous and well-detailed posts about your childhood that I can't seem to conjure up! I have found some lingering that you touched on, but whether or not they represent kindergarten for me waits to be seen. I have a couple of BIG memories, but trying to tie them into real estate...well, that's gonna take some time.

So...I missed it--where did you grow up again with all of the snow??

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) almost 8 years ago

I did too!  I can totally hear the conversation... 2 little kids in a big debate.  I can see why you remember!

Posted by Laura Sargent (Carolina One Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Gayle, good morning! It was Edinburgh Indiana, just a small town in the midwest. I loved it then and it's in my heart and mind forever. I don't get to return there but I keep up with their web sites and many friends I had when I was young. There is always something special about those old friends you know. History and all! Thanks for reading and we will be visiting soon! Hugs,

Laura, it was my first arguemant with a boy! First one I remember anyway. Later on I remember many! LOL.

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 8 years ago

You were dancing with the stars back then and now dancing with Real Estate...

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) almost 8 years ago

Richie, that was truly a cool comment. I hope to continue to dance through the rest of my life! Thank you.


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 8 years ago

Deb, I do remember Disney on Sunday, and we had to be ready for bed before it came on, and off to bed immediately after, but alas, it was in black and white, but back then who cared?

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) almost 8 years ago

Billy saw stars and I am with you, seems he deserved it.  Wonderful story to share, Deb.  Now, about that sanity ... ;)

Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) almost 8 years ago