Childhood Memories Series
Childhood Memory 1
and absolutely, messily true
Years and years ago, along the driveway (in The Country), grew huge cedar trees and at the base of some…grew poison ivy (and maybe poison oak). ;A yard man spent some time cleaning around the cedars and at weeks end the ground was bare. One day soon after The Child decided she wanted to watch for her friend the mailman…so she sat down under a cedar and leaned back.
She was wearing shorts
she was already known to be hyperallergic to
Poison Ivy/Poison Oak!
Within hours she had a huge rash patch on the back of her left thigh. The itching was intense and of course she scratched (with dirty fingernails) (even though The Adults told her not to). Calamine lotion, applied liberally, did NOT help. After a couple of days the back of her thigh was a pebbly, flaming red, itchy, oozing, smelly mess.
In time she healed.
Needless to say, she never sat under the cedars again.
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