I am always telling the Young Women to "Remember Who You Are." The majority of that statement is to have them evaluate who they are now, who they were in the pre-existance and what they are to become. Part of that is reflecting on the small memories or moments that help build who we are today.
Ann has called it "Flashback Friday" and I am going to call my memories "Remember Who You Are!" These memories have affected my personalty, my spirit and have really help shape me into who I am today. Ok so here is the first memory!
This is one of my favoriet childhood pictures. I don't know why, but I always laugh when I see it. As a ward, we had to build a float for the 24th of July Parade and all of the Primary Children got to attend and dress as gnomes. (Mom and Janet, if I leave any holes or you remember differently, please feel free to comment. I believe I was only 4 or 5 years old, so it is not all crystal clear.) I think my mom was the Primary President at that time. I remeber going over to the Clayton's garage and working on the float which I believe had a ton of tissue paper on it. I remember going over to the Bishop's house to be fitted for the hat and skirt. And get a load of those costumes. Hats off to whomever convinced an entire Primary to wear outfits like that!! I look at the picture and I feel that I totally look like a Gnome child. Look at those cheeks. Could my face be any rounder and what is up with the expression. Must have been in character or something.
Behind us is a Vietnamese girl who was my babysitter. Her name was Heidi. I absolutely loved and adored Heidi. I belive that brown car was the station wagon my parents owned when I was little too. We also owned a yellow toyota truck that I remember pulling the float down the parade. I got to sit in the back of the truck and wave to people. I cannot remember where Janet ended up, I hope it wasn't the the poor kids that had to walk.
Why I love this moment in life is that as a child, it was impressed upon me what great things can happen when a community pulls together. Everyone helped and I had a great time being involved. That we should care about our neighbors and help one another out.
So there you have it!! Good times and I was a Gnome once in my life.