Ellen B ~ My Childhood Home ~ 4635 Oak Street

Ellen b. ~  7 years old.

My parents immigrated to the US in the late forties and just after I was born settled in Pico Rivera, California for several years. The neighborhood I grew up in was called “The Jardines” Spanish for “The Gardens”. Let me tell you it was hardly a garden! We were a minority where I grew up. Most of my neighbors were Hispanic. My childhood was filled with neighborhood experiences, hide and seek in the street with the neighborhood kids, marbles, jacks. We didn’t spend a lot of time inside. The only books my home had in it were Encyclopedia Britannica that my parents were conned into buying by a door to door salesman promising us all a good education. We also had a Bible.

 

My childhood spanned the 50’s and 60’s. You can see the great 50’s furniture and accessories! Don’t miss the venetian blinds. We had a narrow long hall that we liked to run and slide down and we also would jimmy up the walls. One night before Easter Sunday I ran and slid down that hall and jammed my toes into the wall at the end. I had to wear one slipper to church because my toe swelled up. Talk about embarrasing being all dressed up in my Spring best with a slipper on!

One of my all time best family memories in this house was coming home from church on Sundays with bags of sunflower seeds from the sunflower seed cart across the street from our church. We’d sit around shelling and eating those seeds while we watched T.V.  Ed Sullivan Show was a standard.  I could go on and on but I’m going to spare you and save more for future posts.

If you want to read more about Childhood Homes go around the corner to Owlhaven

My photos are being held hostage at the Photobucket site as of July 2017.

14 thoughts on “Ellen B ~ My Childhood Home ~ 4635 Oak Street

  1. Oh I love it!!! The venetian blinds remind me of my childhood, and I can also relate to stying outside most all the day, sliding down the hallway, and Sunday evening television programs (Sullivan, Red Skelton, Disney, Wild Kingdom…) with the family! Thanks for sharing–and the memories this stirred up!

    Connie, I’m happy you had a trip down memory lane. Blessings!

  2. Ah yes, the 50’s….Ed Sullivan, and that tinsel on the Christmas tree – it all sounds and looks so familiar. Yes, that is a very cool lamp, who would have thought it would be back in style in the 21st Century! My 1308 Oak Street childhood home (of two years) was in Carlsbad but I don’t have any photos of that, just memories in my head. And my husband taught at El Rancho High School for 20 years before he retired! It sure is a small world at times.

    Sara, Wow, El Rancho was our all time rival in High School sports (I went to Montebello High). It is a small world. blessings…

  3. I love the pictures. Your slipper story reminded me of when I was in first grade and had to wear a slipper to school because I had a desk fall on my foot and my toe was too swollen to wear a shoe! Thanks for the memories!

    Mari, thanks for stopping by. Happy memories!

  4. ok, the lamp is cool, but I’m loving the ruffled lace doily it’s sitting on!!!

    Mighty Mom, Ok I just have to say I like your name and I think the doily speaks for itself 🙂

  5. Oh, the 50s furniture and Venetian blinds sure do bring back memories! Marbles and jacks were pastimes and almost everyone had a set of encyclopedias.

    Thanks for visiting my place!

    Hi Barbara, blessings….

  6. I love the pictures and the description of shelling the seeds while watching Ed Sullivan!

    Thanks for coming to my site…I enjoy having new readers and getting connected to new sites in turn!:)

    Hi Susanna, blessings….

  7. I really, really enjoyed this! I love histories of people~real people~the backs America was built upon. (((((HUGS))))) sandi

    Hi Sandi, thanks for visiting, and blessings on you…

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