FC: Remember When... The story of a girl and her Papa. By: Chelsea Cummings
1: Remember When... The story of a girl and her Papa. By: Chelsea Cummings
2: Copyright 2010 by Chelsea Cummings Raleigh, NC
3: Papa, You did an amazing job stepping in and playing the role of my father. I will always love you, and a part of me and my heart will always belong to you. You are my partner in crime for life, and I will always remember the many wonderful memories that we have together. Love, Your Baby Girl
4: Remember when Mom called home to say I would be joining the family? You told her to “Come on home," because I would just be more for you to love.
5: Remember when possible dates for my birth date were determined? It appeared that I wanted to be born on your birthday. We were "buds" before I ever got here. Granny threatened me and told me, “You better not be born on your Papa’s birthday!” So I settled for the next day. November 22, 1988
6: Remember when Mom told me to clean my room? I asked you to come help me clean, and you said yes. You rarely every said no. When Mom finally figured out that I probably was not cleaning my room, she came to check on me. I was lying stretched out on the bed while you cleaned. Mom was mad and said, “Young lady, I thought I told you to clean this room?” I replied, “No, you told me to get this room cleaned.” You gave me one of those famous Papa smirks. You were always there for me.
8: Remember when I would tell you “I love you,” and you would reply, “I love you too, but don’t get excited, Boo Boo, because I love monkeys too?” It would make me smile every time.
9: Remember when we went to Wal-Mart on Christmas Eve? Mom told you to not get me anything, but then I left with a whole bag of Barbie doll furniture. Mom was mad, but you said I had good logic. Mom asked, "What kind of logic | can a four year old have?” You replied, “She said, ‘Papa you can either buy me new Barbie doll furniture or you can go home and fix my Barbie doll furniture.’ So I decided to buy her new furniture.” Mom just laughed.
10: Remember when we use to lay in the floor and I would give you a beauty makeover? You often fell asleep and woke up later having forgotten all about the make-up. Then Granny would ask you to go to the store. Remember all those weird looks you got from the townspeople for your blue eye shadow, pulled-up hair, and pink fingernails?
11: Remember when you bought me make-up and put it under the Christmas tree at church from Santa? Mom was never happy about the numerous occasions when I convinced you to buy me things she already told you I was not allowed to have. What can I say? I was a Papa's girl.
12: Remember when I used to spend hours with you in the garage? The smell of gasoline and oil filled the air as you worked on the car. I would bring you your tools while you worked; I liked being your little helper. To this day I love the smell of gasoline because it brings me back to those days in the garage.
13: Remember when we would walk to Art's Country Store and buy slices of the big hoop cheese? We would sit outside on the concrete steps eating our cheese and crackers. You would always get a Coke and peanuts. I thought it was gross when you put your peanuts in your Coke, but I loved spending time with you.
14: Remember when you would get me into trouble because you would tell me things to say to Granny? You would always say, “Go tell your Granny this, but don’t tell her I told you to say this,” but she would know and we would both be in trouble.
15: Remember when you were diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease? My world was turned upside down. As you age, you may not remember all the memories we made, but I will always remember those little moments that we shared. Remember, I will always love you, but don’t get excited, Boo Boo, because I love monkeys too.
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18: About the Author Chelsea Cummings was born in 1988, a day after her Grandfather's birthday, at Fort Bragg, NC. She is currently a member of the Class of 2011 at Meredith College. She is a mathematics major with a 6-9 lincensure (concentration in mathematics) and is completing a minor in religion. She hopes to one day end up teaching in the missions field, so she can provide an education for children who would not have the opportunity otherwise.