The Girl in the Bar

Keeping up with the Schultz Family and the Peterson Family have teamed up to do Family Friday. I really like doing this because it gives me a chance to relive and share past memories and experiences.

I so wanted to participate this week, but I was drawing a blank. Suddenly it hit me. I'm not sure why. Maybe because my mom and I have been talking about my Dad lately. Earlier this month was the anniversary of his passing.

Here's a funny story about me and my dad from back in the day...





I think this picture is from when we would take day trips to the lake.
We would pack a picnic lunch and after we ate
we would head to the lake to play and swim.

But this is not the story I want to remember today.

There was a bar my dad used to go to. Sammy O's. I've heard the owner's daughter now runs the place. Not sure, but I always say I want to stop in. Nostalgia, I guess.

When I was younger, 8 or 9 years old, my Dad would take me to the bar with him.

Yes, you read that right. Back then there weren't age restrictions and what not like there are today.

In this bar there was so much for me to do. And some people to help feed my addictions. You see, I loved to play Ms. Pacman and darts. There was an older man that was always at the bar. He would give me a roll of quarters just so I could play some games. If I wanted to play darts, I would have to stand on a chair. I wasn't too bad for being a little kid! At least that's what I thought then. I also loved to drink Shirley Temples ~ obviously non-alcoholic! I do believe it was Sprite, cherry juice, and a cherry in it. Sammy O would usually give me an extra bowl of cherries, too!

So my love for video games and cherries... I blame it all on my dad, Sammy O, and the old guy with the quarters!

This is not a memory that I can relive through my own kids. Rules have changed, and probably for the better, but if someone gave me daughter a bowl of cherries and a roll of quarters... Well, she would just be beside herself!


Friday Follow
I'm also linking this up with Follow Fridays, hosted by One 2 Try, Midday Escapades, and Heart Make Families.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my story!

Until next time....

21 comments:

Adoption of Jane said...

Your dad sounds awesome! how fun to go to a bar and play darts when your just a kid!

Amy said...

this is an amazing story. I love what you and your dad did together. I have a funny story about Shirley Temples. A girl I knew thought she was getting drunk off of these. Her friends told her that. So I told her uh no they are not a drink to get drunk on. They would give this to her after she was drunk. So she thought she was showing me a new drink. Too Funny..

Thanks for playing along.. I hope you have a great weekend.

Jennifer said...

Good morning!

New follower from Friday Follow!

I had to smile at your story! I used to go to the bar with my grandparents. It was in the basement of the fire hall which was up the street from where they lived. My grandmother used to work in the kitchen and I'd go and sit with her while she worked. To this day, the smell of cigars brings me back to that time!

Have a great weekend!

Booklover1212 said...

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Shell said...

We definitely couldn't do that now. Oh, wait, I think down here in the South, you can. LOL

Kmama said...

What an awesome memory!! That picture of you and your dad is great!!

4smartmonkeys said...

Great story! Times sure have changed :)

Peterson Family said...

My dad used to take me to the bar with him too! I got to sit up on the bar and have soda and eat chips! My grampa would take me occasionally with him when he went to play cards too! I am sure there are places where kids still get to go to the bar though!!

I love the pic of you and your dad.

Thanks for sharing today!

Steven Anthony said...

such sweet memories, you are blessed;)

little bird said...

hi,

I'm a new follower from Friday Follow

Hope you have a great weekend

Melissa @ Cellulite Investigation said...

This reminded me of one of my family memories. One time we went out for ice cream sundaes. The cherry was my favorite part, so I saved it until the very end. With just a few spoonfuls of ice cream left, my dad reached over and ate the cherry right out of my sundae bowl! He said he thought I didn't want it. I gave him the most disappointed look. Now anytime we go out for ice cream, he always lets me eat the cherry from HIS sundae, even though that was probably 20 years ago! Happy Friday Follow!

William Manson © 2010 said...

hi there william over from amys place for family friday, wow loved this, great post, well done :)

Just Another Momma said...

What a great story. Sounds like your dad was a great guy. Love the picture too.

Yankee Girl said...

That is so much fun.

What an awesome memory to have. And no, you probably would not get away with doing this with your own kids!

Robin said...

I enjoyed your story and the reminiscing of shirley temples and my fav Ms PacMan..the only one I could ever master....those were the days right..when you could trust others and have fun in random places..with people and not just technology like in todays world...Thanks for sharing this..!

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Tracie said...

Things were different when we were kids weren't they? Sounds like your dad had a great relationship with you.

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Mr. Stupid said...

Lovely post. Times sure have changed. Though, I wasn't even born then and don't visit a Bar now... lol
The picture looks great. Memories, they are the happy ones worth sharing...!

Have a great Sunday!:)

Amy said...

warmer weather should be here soon..

HeartsMakeFamilies said...

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