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It seems I really loved to hop around, to have my feet come off, then back on ground. I got a pogo stick I used all year and wore out quickly once I learned to steer! At 15, I was not the same small kid, for there were other fun things that I did. However, I still liked some childish things like Sting Ray bikes and trampolines and swings. That year appeared in stores a brand new toy, a grand delight for every girl and boy. And though a woman I had now become, that Christmas I just had to have me one! This last big toy of mine I won’t forget because it brought me also some regret. A toy once you start, you can hardly stop: Can you guess? It was the Hoppity Hop. This toy was just a big strong rubber ball. You’d grip its handles so you wouldn’t fall. I loved to bounce around the yard on it, and all I had to do was simply sit! A boy I kind of liked showed up one day. I didn’t know he’d come and seen me play until I got up off that crazy ball and went to tell him “hi,” but that’s not all. . . I learned the back side of my shorts had split. The whole time he was there, I never knew it. My sisters later told me. Well, that guy simply stayed and didn’t bat an eye! I felt so idiotic and was sure he must have found me kind of immature, a grown girl hopping all around her lawn! But worse was how I felt once he had gone. He’d seen my shorts ripped from behind, and then said nothing. I could not face him again. So silly! He still liked me after all. . . but I abandoned him and that dang ball! 1/15/2022 for Natasha L. Scragg's Funny Memories Poetry Contest

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Date: 1/30/2022 12:32:00 PM
this is" hilariarse " Andrea, many congrats on your win:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 1/29/2022 11:42:00 AM
Congratulations on your win. A fun/cute write. I would kill myself playing with that ball. Have a blessed day/weekend.....................
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Date: 1/29/2022 8:06:00 AM
Great poem, remember that 'dang ball' well. Never quite got the hang of it though, was too busy riding around on my chopper bike! Congrats on your win Andrea..Ron
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Date: 1/29/2022 6:56:00 AM
You are so lucky that you were able to enjoy those sorts of toys. And, for that bow... oh you must have been very good-looking that he might have not seen the shorts but only your beautiful face. oppsss.. Congratulations on a well-deserved 1st place. Blessing to you with a happy new year
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Date: 1/28/2022 7:20:00 PM
That's so cute. I once wore pants to a Sadie Hawkins dance and later found they were split at the seam in back. I never went with that guy again, either -ha. Congratulations!
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Date: 1/28/2022 3:57:00 PM
This IS funny. CONGRATS on your win, Andrea. Janice ??
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Date: 1/28/2022 12:17:00 PM
I just love this, Andrea. Such a fun fun memory. I love it. God bless you and Congrats. Love, Gina
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Date: 1/11/2022 2:45:00 PM
Embarrassed! What a moment. Enjoyed.
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Date: 1/9/2022 11:41:00 PM
"This last big toy of mine I won’t forget because it brought me also some regret. A toy once you start, you can hardly stop: Can you guess? It was the Hoppity Hop. " I have to smile now, because this poem put me in a hippity hoppity mood.
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Date: 1/9/2022 11:10:00 PM
You have a great memory for events during your youth and childhood and a real knack for converting those memories to poetic gems. Unless, of course, ghost was a fictional account, in which case you have a great imagination, haha.
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John Watt
Date: 1/11/2022 4:53:00 PM
Ha, my phone likes to spellcheck, and usually I am careful to check its corrections before I hit SEND. I think I just mistyped 'this' (Ghis, perhaps?) and it changed it to ghost. Technology and I go together like peanut butter and motor oil, haha.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 1/11/2022 3:58:00 PM
what is the Ghost you are talking about??
Date: 1/9/2022 8:38:00 AM
Cute write Andrea, I had a Sting Ray bike with banana seat and butterfly handlebars when I was 6.
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Date: 1/8/2022 11:33:00 PM
I'm sorry Andrea he was so sly, and the fact that you liked him felt like it was a slap in the face, but good for you, your interest waned although you found out he liked you later, and you would not give him the time of day. Hugs and blessings, so enjoyed this wonderful write. Hugs and blessings Jennifer.
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Date: 1/8/2022 7:03:00 AM
Well it's all 'behind you know/now Andrea' that's my Steer; on what you've posted here, dear' And if happened in summer that would Negate it being a...a No I'm not going to go There' whilst upon thoughts rebounding round I think you'd let him gently down.'
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Date: 1/7/2022 7:59:00 PM
Now that is a funny memory, funnily told in a humorous and delightful poem. I loved every bit of it. You excel at sharing your personal stories Your rhyming was delightful as well. I had a ball reading it. Bless you, friend. Bryan
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Date: 1/7/2022 6:55:00 PM
Hello Andrea ... no matter what, it appears your hoppity hop ball gave you hours of pleasure. So well written as usual, and loved the nostalgia - thank you Andrea - Lindsay
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Date: 1/7/2022 4:50:00 PM
LOL...love this, you, I'm sure were a cutie and that hoppity hopper AND the split in your pants probably made him like you even more. Nice memory. Best wishes in the contest. Have a lovely weekend, Andrea. :)
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Date: 1/7/2022 4:33:00 PM
Really funny I liked it. I also missed my sweet 15. Best deserve win. Thanks for sharing.
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Date: 1/7/2022 3:27:00 PM
Made me smile again Andrea. Good funny poem, a great contest entry. All of those (toys) I remember as a lot of fun. Smiles and Hugs, Bill
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Date: 1/7/2022 1:14:00 PM
Cute story, Andrea; and very well told. A nice memory really to treasure. Those types of experiences are so embarrassing when we are young, but looking back, we find them perfectly harmless and delightfully innocent to recall. Not to forget that, that boy became a famous proctologist, all thanks to your charming inspiration. Blessings!!
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 1/7/2022 2:17:00 PM
well I WAS wearing underwear hahaha. Good one, Joe
Date: 1/7/2022 12:14:00 PM
Entertained from beginning to end, Andrea...and still sport a big smile :) That must have been when you learned to blush! ~ Regards // paul
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Date: 1/7/2022 1:38:00 AM
Remember those bouncing balls well, they made great Christmas presents...Delice
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Date: 1/6/2022 3:33:00 PM
Andrea, We all have days like these occasionally, but it was so easy to relate with your seat of the pants split with the boy and the Hoppity Hopper. -Richard
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Date: 1/6/2022 1:16:00 PM
How mortified you must have been Andrea. Things like that happen to everyone and he probably thought nothing of it, but when we are younger we get so embarrassed. Loved your story for this contest. blessings xxoo
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Date: 1/6/2022 10:42:00 AM
Nice lead in to your plot, too! Aloha!
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Date: 1/6/2022 10:25:00 AM
That's a humorous story about jumping on your back and ripping the hem of your shorts out underneath you. I'd think it's well suited for the contest. Wishing you the best of luck! Andrea.
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