Burma Shave Summer

| 6/8/2015 9:10:00 AM

Tags: Burma Shave, Summer, Road Trip, Shaving Cream, Route 66, Illinois, Ohio, Renee-Lucie Benoit,

Renee-Lucie BenoitSummer is the time of travel for most people who have the leisure time or means. When I was young, we didn't travel muchm but when we did it was always a road trip. We all piled in the old Ford and as we got a block away my mom always forgot something and we'd go back. No kidding! This didn't make my dad happy but back we must go and then we were finally off. We were usually headed for my gramma's in Illinois or my other gramma's in Ohio. One special time we drove all the way to Los Angeles to visit my aunt and uncle. We used old route 66. It was just a highway then and there wasn't anything special about it.

We loved going on road trips. I still do to this day. In Illinois we would head over to our cousin's farm where we got to mess around in the yard and play under the gigantic elm trees doing whatever a child could dream up. We'd hop on the pony and ride pell mell through the corn fields. At night we'd have a big dinner under the shady trees and out would come all the amazing dishes that Illinois farmers can make. Twice cooked chicken, potato salad, baked beans, jello salad, coleslaw and miles of homemade pies. All washed down with homemade lemonade. All American and the best there is.

In Ohio there was boating on Mosquito Lake or roaming the deep dark creek bottom in the woods behind my aunt and uncle's house. There was also the huge barn to explore on Gramma's farm and the pond where frogs and crawdaddies lived submerged in the pond weeds. We youngsters could spend hours in the row boat waiting for a frog or crawdaddy to pop up its head. They always escaped but that didn't stop us from trying to catch them. There were also the land crab houses in the ditches by the roads. Little mud pillars. We didn't have a clue what was making them. We thought it all utterly fascinating.

One of the things we loved most about the drive was the excitement of coming upon the string of Burma Shave signs that eventually would appear.


Sign courtesy spydersden.wordpress.com

6/11/2015 3:02:51 PM

Renee-Lucie, yes I can remember the burma shave signs. It was a great marketing idea. Those trips when we all piled into a car were the greatest, weren't they. We always went west or south. California, ya, that's place to go. Montana, Utah, Nevada, Oregon, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, oh my. I've been in every state west of the Mississippi and deep south states. Nothing north of New York has crossed my path. All of New England states have not been visited. As much as I would like to see them, I don't really think it's in the cards for me to get there. Too many other personal responsibilities to keep me home. So, yeah, for being every where, you would think I'm a traveler, but I'm happiest at home weeding a garden bed or relaxing with a good garden book. I don't know how it all happened. It sure wasn't planned but makes for good memories to ponder as old age creeps up on me. ***** Have a great memory lane day.

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