A Kodak, Pepsi and Cracker Jack moment

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Real Estate Agent with Dallas, TX

LaFortune Park, Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Summer of 1977.  This is a picture of me and my little sister sharing some Pepsi and Cracker Jacks at dusk, just before the big game.  It reminds me of so many summers I spent with my coaches, Mom and Dad.  My little sister was the bat girl and also my number one fan!  The Eisenhower Wildcats 3rd grade softball team were Tulsa City Tournament Champions that year with a one run victory! When we won the game I can remember my Dad running out on the field and picking me up and throwing me in the air!  We had worked so hard and practiced everyday and it had all paid off at that moment.   St. Francis Hospital was just across the street from the park and I vividly remember that it had a water fountain with lights in it that changed colors every few seconds.  Not knowing then that they were always there, I thought the lights were on just for us.  To this day, when I drive by the hospital I think of that moment and laugh.  I was a second grader then that was the pitcher for an "older" team.  It was so exciting and I was hooked!  I can remember as little girl when people asked what I wanted to be when I grew up I would always say "a professional softball pitcher".  I didn't quite turn pro, but I later became a Division I Softball pitcher at University of Kansas on a scholarship.  I guess you could say that it wasn't your usual American dream, but it was mine.  My Kodak moment is with Cracker Jacks, Pepsi, and a little cheerleader, my little sister, that made this memory so special.

 



This post is written as a submission to the ActiveRain 'Kodak Moments' contest. I have the chance to win the KODAK EASYSHARE M580 Digital Camera

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Rainmaker
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Kathie Burby
Coldwell Banker Mother Lode Real Estate - Sonora, CA
REALTOR, SFR, Tuolumne County Real Estate Guide

Mona - great memory! I could see your Dad throwing you in the air. Good Luck!

Dec 04, 2010 12:21 PM #1
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Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Hi Mona...I love the picture and your sharing of the memories that go with it.  Really enjoyed and good luck!

Dec 04, 2010 12:25 PM #2
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Jim Patton
Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816 - Modesto, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties

Great picture Mona, good luck!

Dec 04, 2010 12:30 PM #3
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Mona Stanfield
Dallas, TX - Dallas, TX
Elle Realty

Kathie~  Thay is something I will never forget!

Judith~ Thanks are you posting one too?  I will check it out!

Jim~  Thanks and Happy Holidays!!

Dec 04, 2010 01:00 PM #4
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Melissa McKinney
McKinney Realty Group - Fayetteville, NC
Realtor, www.LivingFayetteville.com

Mona~ What a VERY special memory that you will always have! Dad's are the best at making us full of joy!

Dec 04, 2010 02:28 PM #5
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Mona Stanfield
Dallas, TX - Dallas, TX
Elle Realty

Melissa~  Thank you!  I can not wait to see your picture~ I know it will be special. 

Dec 04, 2010 03:14 PM #6
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Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

Mona, love the photo and thanks for sharing it and the memories that go along with it.  Wouldn't have thought of you as a softball pitcher.

Dec 04, 2010 06:02 PM #7
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Julie Nearing
Vision Real Estate LLC - Farmington, CT

cute

Dec 04, 2010 11:46 PM #8
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Mona Stanfield
Dallas, TX - Dallas, TX
Elle Realty

Lora~ I was a lot bigger in college with the weights and all.  Going to look at your now if you have already posted!

Julie~ Thanks can't wait to see yours

Dec 05, 2010 03:51 AM #9
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Stephanie Williams, Realtor Murrells Inlet
Seaside Properties - Murrells Inlet, SC

That could be a commercial!  Love the picture and combination!

Dec 05, 2010 12:49 PM #10
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Mona Stanfield
Dallas, TX - Dallas, TX
Elle Realty

Stephanie~  I thought so too!  I love this picture my little sis is the best!

Dec 05, 2010 02:40 PM #12
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Pat Haddad, ABR, CRS, ePRO, GRI
Keller Williams Indianapolis Metro NE - Carmel, IN
Carmel, Fishers, Westfield IN Real Estate Expert

Mona--I could see right away that the pretty little girl grew up to be beautiful you!!  What a neat, neat story.  Thanks so much for sharing this special part of your life with us.  On a side note, I was never any good at softball---to intimidated to have everyone's eyes all on me!!  Make me even more in awe of your accomplishment!!

Dec 06, 2010 02:47 PM #13
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Mona Stanfield
Dallas, TX - Dallas, TX
Elle Realty

Pat~  I bet you were better than you think! 

Dec 07, 2010 12:11 PM #14
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Mona Stanfield
Dallas, TX - Dallas, TX
Elle Realty

Pat~  I bet you were better than you think! 

Dec 07, 2010 12:12 PM #15
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Mona Stanfield
Dallas, TX - Dallas, TX
Elle Realty

Pat~  I bet you were better than you think! 

Dec 07, 2010 12:12 PM #16
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Gary De Pury, ESQ.
Bay Vista Realty - Land O Lakes, FL

That is too cool.....memories that are present in this picture are priceless.

1) the youth that passes us all by.  Captured for your children.

2) Cracker Jack, an American Past-time.

3) The old Pepsi logo in an obvious Ball park cup....who knows if it was Pepsi, because every kid that age drank a "suicide" in the 70's (That is when all the fountain drinks were mixed)

4) Finally that sibling moment.  I have three children and always tell them one day they will come to rely on each other more than they now realize.

 

This is a real keeper.

 

Gary De Pury, SFR

Dec 16, 2010 11:19 PM #17
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Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Mona, What a precious memory!  I can just imagine your Dad running on the field and throwing you in the air.

Dec 19, 2010 10:51 AM #18
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Mona Stanfield
Dallas, TX - Dallas, TX
Elle Realty

Gary~  I remember the "suicide" it was so fun to make them!  You really dissected this one and it is right on!

 

Marchel~ That is such a great memory I remember it so well!

Dec 22, 2010 10:45 AM #19
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