i remember
kukla, fran and ollie
days of the week underpants
and uncle howie’s store
the wisconsin dells’ wooden indian
my lone ranger lunch box
howdy doody’s freckles
miss tews’ ballet school
and kindergarten with junie z

any one out there
remember me?

A quadrille (44 words) written for dVerse using the word “skip.” Skip to My Lou is a popular children’s song – begun in 1826 as a lyrical game in Abraham Lincoln’s youth in southern Indiana and Kentucky, it became a partner-stealing dance in the 1840s. In my childhood, we literally skipped along the sidewalk singing this song. Photos: The Lone Ranger; Kukla, Fran and Ollie; and Howdy Doody – tv shows popular in the 1950s. Me playing dress-up with Junie Z, on a Wisconsin Dells vacation, and ready for a Miss Tews dancing recital.

55 thoughts on “Memoir

    • lillian May 2, 2016 / 3:35 pm

      Well, as I said to Bjorn, ‘skip to my lou” was the first thing that popped into my head when I saw the prompt — and sometimes when the noodle suggests a doodle, ya just go with it! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed 🙂


    • lillian May 2, 2016 / 3:34 pm

      Glad you liked it. “Skip to my Lou” was the first thing that popped into my head when I saw the prompt — so I went with it! 🙂


  1. Pleasant Street May 2, 2016 / 4:01 pm

    Flies in the buttermilk, shoo fly, shoo…..

    I can’t believe I still remember all the words.

    Was kukla fran and Ollie strictly Chicago?

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    • lillian May 2, 2016 / 8:28 pm

      I think Kukla Fran and Ollie was broader than just the Chicago area. We did have Romper Room, Uncle Johnnie Coons at lunchtime, and Ding Dong School with Miss Frances — my all time favorite as a little girl! 🙂 I still have a letter from Miss Karen at Romper Room — evidently I sent in a drawing to share with children in the hospital and she sent me a form letter thank you, with a real signature on it 🙂


      • Pleasant Street May 3, 2016 / 8:06 am

        Funny I am 53 but I am jealous you got that picture 🙂 I remember Romper room so clearly but I know I was very small.
        Also Bozo’s circus

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      • lillian May 3, 2016 / 8:18 am

        Oh yes — Bozo with the wild read hair. I didn’t care for that one much — but my husband actually got to go see it and be in the audience! 🙂 Oh those memories…


  2. The Literary Doc May 2, 2016 / 4:18 pm

    I love poems like this… that look into the past. Memory poems. Great job. Really caught a glimpse of you.

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    • lillian May 2, 2016 / 8:29 pm

      So glad you enjoyed. Yep — that’s me — in that lovely can can outfit for a dance recital and holding what was called a Tiny Tears doll in my dress-up clothes! Ah….growing up in the 50s! 🙂


  3. Linda Kruschke May 2, 2016 / 4:34 pm

    Now I’m chuckling because I come to find you’ve sorted your own beans today and kept in just the right ones. The days-of-the-week underpants were something I’d forgotten all about. 🙂

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    • lillian May 2, 2016 / 8:30 pm

      Glad you enjoyed. Ah yes — somehow it never seemed I had an entire set????

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  4. kanzensakura May 2, 2016 / 5:09 pm

    Oh how I enjoyed this! Howdy Doodie…to this day many times instead of saying hello or hi, I’ll say, Howdy doody to you! And Kukla Fran and Ollie…..and did you know, they sell adult sized day of the week panties? Yeppers they do. This was such much fun to read and remember. Here down south, in Cherokee NC was a wooden Indian outside of the one of the reservation stores. What innocent times those were.

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    • lillian May 2, 2016 / 8:32 pm

      Ah innocent times indeed. I think those were called Cigar Indians? My guess is one might be lucky to find one in an antique store now. Really???? Adult sized days of the week underpants??? I always wondered why they didn’t have days of the week jockey shorts for boys??? 🙂


  5. katiemiafrederick May 2, 2016 / 6:00 pm

    Not too familiar with skip to the Lou
    in memory direct but after discussing
    Red Skelton.. a little earlier today
    i kNoW he skipped
    as Freddy
    the Free Loader
    wanderer for sure..
    but i’m not sure
    if he had anything
    to do with Lou at all..:)

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    • lillian May 2, 2016 / 8:33 pm

      Ah Katie….so nice to see you here today! 🙂 Haven’t seen you in a while and I do enjoy chatting with you. Ah yes….I remember watching Red Skelton on television with my parents. Freddie the Free Loader was one of his characters he played. I swear he had a rubber face 🙂
      Glad you enjoyed!

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      • katiemiafrederick May 3, 2016 / 12:11 am

        Hi Lillian.. i may have mentioned it before..
        but in April of 2015.. i set a milestone
        to respond in poetic
        micro-expression way
        to all the dVerse prompts
        and links through March
        of 2016.. meeting
        the milestone.. a
        little late..
        i compiled
        it all last
        week into
        one Free Verse
        Stream of Conscious Novel
        writing practice that ended up
        much larger than i expected..
        titled “GodsUniVerseNovel3”..
        third for me.. just for fun..
        and this one weighed
        in too large for my
        blogger blogs
        and just
        fitting in
        Word Press
        noW aT literally
        338,300 words
        and truly my entire
        blog is one poem
        with now 633 macro
        verses at over 3 Million
        literal Words.. in poetic
        way of course.. hehe..
        Microsoft Word says
        the poem i finished
        as Novel the
        other day
        would take
        3,000 pages to
        print.. not counting
        close to 300 gorgeous
        photos of the surrounding
        Panhandle Beaches
        where i live.. so..
        the entire blog
        would likely
        take 30,000 pages
        to print.. so yes..
        like my about
        section in
        my Word
        Blog says..
        ‘i like to write
        StiLL so trUe.. my friend.. in ePic way.. and
        perhaps one day technology will catch up
        to me.. as even with my fast broad
        band access and big iMac
        computer.. a couple
        of minutes to
        me up..
        it takes..
        wITh BiG wInks..:)

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  6. Patti May 2, 2016 / 6:14 pm

    Oh, yes, I remember Skip to My Lou; Kukla, Fran and Ollie; and Romper Stomper Bomper Boo. Fun.

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    • lillian May 2, 2016 / 8:34 pm

      Ah Patti — was that from Romper Room? Did you know Ding Dong School with Miss Francis? 🙂


      • Patti May 3, 2016 / 11:12 am

        Yes, and yes! We’re we ever that young? Sigh.

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    • lillian May 2, 2016 / 8:35 pm

      Happy to take you for a trip down memory lane. Did you ever ride on the Tilt-a-Whirl? 🙂


  7. Grace May 2, 2016 / 6:40 pm

    Thanks for bringing back the fun and carefree memories of childhood Lillian ~ I remember those days, smiles ~

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    • lillian May 2, 2016 / 8:38 pm

      Ah yes — the innocence of growing up in the 1950s with black and white tv in a huge piece of furniture — think we called it a console? I also remember a tv show called Winky Dink and Me and you sent away for a piece of plastic and “magic crayons” — then they would put a treasure map or something like that up on the tv and you’d put your magic piece of plastic on the tv screen — rubbing it must have caused electricity that made it stick — and then you “connected” the dots with your magic crayons. Sadly, I forgot to put the plastic sheet up one day and that was the end of Winky Dink at my house! 😦


  8. Bodhirose May 2, 2016 / 8:00 pm

    I love your mini memoir, Lillian. I remember that song, “Skip to My Lou” and Howdy Doody…I loved all the shows that I grew up with.

    I hope someone remembers you!

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    • lillian May 2, 2016 / 8:39 pm

      Ah many thanks! Actually, Junie Z and I got together last year after not having seen each other for 50+ years! Amazing to see her again!!! 🙂

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      • Bodhirose May 2, 2016 / 10:08 pm

        I guess it was! I’m still in touch with two sisters who grew up around the corner from me and that’s 50+ years too. One of them is the Patsy in my poem…we were best pals. 🙂

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  9. lynn__ May 2, 2016 / 9:39 pm

    Yes, I liked skip-to-my-lou and Lone Ranger…have seen some wooden Indians in my day too 🙂

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    • lillian May 2, 2016 / 10:25 pm

      Fun to think about those innocent days 🙂


  10. mtw May 2, 2016 / 10:26 pm

    so many specific memories evoked by such well-chosen words. this is above all a nostalgic piece, i believe. beautifully done.

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian May 2, 2016 / 10:28 pm

      So glad you enjoyed. I’m always a bit worried that nostalgia will become too “sentimental” — not such a good word in the world of poetry.


      • mtw May 2, 2016 / 10:31 pm

        i think sentiment only undermines poetry when one focuses on the abstract emotion alone – but your nostalgia is defined and distinct, executed very well.

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      • lillian May 2, 2016 / 10:46 pm

        ah….many thanks for the kind words.


  11. Candy May 2, 2016 / 11:07 pm

    Oh, yes! Miss Frances was special! Thanks for the memories (are you humming?)

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian May 3, 2016 / 8:12 am

      Isn’t it called an ear worm? Skip to my Lou has been an ear worm since I wrote the poem. Wow — I don’t know many people who watched Ding Dong School and Miss Frances. I actually saw a lovely obituary for her a few years back (or a number of years back?) I’m sure if you google her you can find it. She was indeed very special.


  12. kim881 May 3, 2016 / 5:17 am

    I remember ‘Skip to my Lou’, the Lone Ranger and days of the week underpants – we had them in the UK too. But your other memories are all new to me, so the images were great! I think I’ve said somewhere on Poets Pub before that I love memory poems and dVerse is the perfect place to read a fabulously wide range of them.

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    • lillian May 3, 2016 / 8:15 am

      Well there you go — I keep learning things on dVerse. New to poetry writing in February 2015, I’ve learned so many forms. Had never heard of the genre of “memory poems” — but it sure makes sense. I did indeed have fun with this one.

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  13. rivrvlogr May 3, 2016 / 6:56 am

    Oh, wow! I had forgotten about the wooden Indian. I traveled to the Dells with my grandfather in 1962. At nine years old, I was just as impressed with staying in a cabin smaller than a bedroom and with knotty pine walls as I was with the sights. (After all, Niagara Falls was practically in our backyard!)
    Thank you for the reminder.

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    • lillian May 3, 2016 / 8:17 am

      oh yes….the knotty pine walls in the cabins — I’d forgotten that. And the boat ride where they pointed out all the rock formations too! Quite the place 🙂

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  14. Raivenne May 3, 2016 / 11:51 am

    Skip to my Lou, Romper Room, Lone Ranger, Days of the week undies and I would not wear the Tuesday one because it was pink. Oh the memories!

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    • lillian May 3, 2016 / 12:18 pm

      fun fun fun! Glad you skipped down memory lane with me. Smiling I am! Somehow I never seemed to have a full set of those undies 😦


  15. AnnMarie Roselli-Kissack May 3, 2016 / 6:49 pm

    reading each line here etch a sketched my smile wider:)
    the memories of a childhood when simple really was
    then to take those trinkets of ‘kid’dom’ and polish them off with a zinger of an amazing line
    what child doesn’t want to be remembered-regardless of their generation

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    • lillian May 4, 2016 / 10:41 am

      I remember the etch-a-sketch! 🙂 So fun that statement…..and so glad you enjoyed. Ah…growing up in the 1950s — a more naive time I think. Glad you enjoyed 🙂

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  16. Rosemary Nissen-Wade May 4, 2016 / 8:34 am

    Many of those things formed no part of an Aussie childhood – yet still I get the flavour of them from your words, and your poem makes me smile.

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian May 4, 2016 / 8:55 am

      So glad you enjoyed, Rosemary! It’s so fun to experience multiple cultures in this blogging sphere. I learned about the author Enid Blyton (writes for youth) through replies and checked some of her books out of the library. Will now be recommending them to my grandchildren! 🙂 So — happy my poem made you smile.


  17. Victoria C. Slotto May 5, 2016 / 8:22 pm

    Now this creeps me out a bit, Lillian. I remember everything AND I even have a picture with that Indian in the Dells taken when I was about 5 years old, I’m guessing 1948. The only difference, not the same ballet teacher and I didn’t last long, not much past the 5 positions. Ha! Seriously–the same darn Indian!

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    • lillian May 5, 2016 / 11:05 pm

      Wow! THAT is amazing and gives new credence to the words “it’s a small world.” 🙂 Well, I made it all the way through dancing lessons until half-way through my senior in high school year. And then, my poor mother, I decided to quite — right when she was going to finally see her daughter in a solo at the final dance recital! I’m sure she was ready to strangle me 🙂 But, the debate squad and cheerleading took precdence. The same Indian – yeeeow – that is incredible!!! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

    • lillian May 6, 2016 / 5:18 pm

      Oh yes! Please do!! As my grand daughters say – we can be twinsies 😊


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