You know, I have been thinking about this all day, and I don't think I have a single 'childhood Monticello memory' that doesn't include Doogie, Audree and Holly. The first thing I think of when I think of Doogie (or Lynn-two) is how confident and fearless he was and...how freakin' funny, I swear, that kid had a hysterical story for everything. Some of the memories that come to my mind are: walking to the gas station in Monticello to buy beef jerky - because a trip to Monticello just wasn't a trip to Monticello without beef jerky from the local gas station. 'The Tractor park' That tractor was SO HUGE, or were we just small? Fishing at the Lake, never actually catching a fish myself, but Matthew and Lynn-two always caught several. Worms, worms, worms and more worms. Walking to the local 'Market' and buying the cheap toys that were on the bottom shelf, Lynn-two always knew the best ones to get, like the marbles and the parachute guys - that always got stuck in the trees. While all of the adults sat on the patio 'visiting' all us kids were causing 'a rucus' with the neighbor kids, Lynn-two, David, Randy and Matthew doing strange things with raw eggs and the cute girls next door. And, I'm pretty sure that all three of them had completely innocent cousin type crushes on Robyn. The absolutely fabulous swing set in the back yard that we would all fight over who got to get on what. Lynn-two, Jordan, Matthew, Randy and David (I believe) having a head standing contest in Zona's back yard....Jordan won. Lynn-two absolutely convincing us that Gordon's shed was haunted. Watching the fireworks in the back yard, the perfect view. Playing the old games that were in Grandma Nina's closet and under her table. I remember one time when all us kids slept in sleeping bags on Granma Nina's very hard floor, Matthew and Lynn-two making scary noises, again trying to convince us that the house was haunted (I'm still not sure it wasn't). I even have a memory of Shontee, Matthew, Doogie, Audree and I going on a hike.My favorite 'childhood memory' was Thanksgiving, probably 1982, Zona had made about one million pies, she had them all sitting on the kitchen table, for some reason Lynn-two, Audree and I thought that it would be a great idea to steal one of the chocolate ones....we did, we went into the bathroom and ate the ENTIRE pie. In hind site, I realize that Zona knew, but she just didn't say anything to anyone. We thought we were so sneaky.
Another, more 'recent' memory I have debated about sharing because it is rather embarrassing for me, but why not share it? Doogie and my best friend dated for a short time. One night, we were scheduled to go on a double date, I got stood up (embarrassment #1), but Doogie insisted that we all still do something. So the three of us drove out to Salt Lake and drove around the Foothill area for what seemed like forever until he found the home of one of his Mission companions parents. He was so determined to talk to this couple, he wanted to make sure that they knew what a wonderful son they had. My friend and I waited in his car - a little two door red car - because we were immature and didn't feel comfortable going in. While waiting for him she and I decided to have a farting contest, because again, we were immature. The whole time Doogie was in this house none of our farts were stinky (I know, amazing). Right as Doogie walked out of the door, I said, "Okay, I have a huge one!" My friend said, "No Karlyn, don't do it, he is right there!" I didn't listen to her and I let it rip!!! REALLY, I SHOULD NOT HAVE DONE THIS! It was the absolute most stinky fart EVER! It literally smelled like rotten cabbage (embarrassment #2). My friend was not happy with me, but neither one of us could stop laughing. Doogie got in the car and ask what was so funny, we couldn't answer due to our laughter. Doogie proceeded to drive away, then he rolled his window down, then he stuck his head out the window, then he was breathing the outside air. All the while my friend and I were speechless due to laughter. I finally composed myself enough to apologize (embarrassment #3). It ends up, he was just trying to be a gentleman! He didn't know if it was my friend that did it, or me, he didn't want to embarrass my friend. I actually shared this story on a facebook note that I did a couple of weeks ago, the question was, "What do you think of when you hear the word cabbage?" I like this story because it shows how determined he was to talk to the parents, just so he could tell them that he thought their son was fantastic. It shows that he was concerned about his nerdy cousin that was stood up. And he was concerned about my friend being embarrassed in a new relationship.
I'm sure that there are several more, this is just what has come to me through out the day. I haven't had a chance to go through pictures, but I will.
I feel so sad that we have not kept in touch through out the years. You guys were all such a huge part of my childhood, please, let's be better at this whole keeping in touch thing. I love you guys so much and just ache for all of you. You will be in my prayers...always.