From Then To Now
Brenda's Photo Album
I Remember ...
Brenda was one of my "best friends" in grade school and it was a sad day for me when she moved to St. Louis, MO. We saw each other several times through the years when she visited relatives in Gideon. The last time I saw Brenda was in 1968 or'69. Her uncle Calvin gives me highlights about her every year at the Reunion.
My best memory of Brenda is our duet at Gideon's 50th anniversary in 1950-we were 9 years old. This was a big event in Gideon. The day started with a parade of the school band, horses, fire trucks, floats and anyone else that wanted to participate. I dressed my dog (Ole Mac) up in baby clothes and pushed him in a doll buggy for as long as he would stay in the buggy. The parade ended at the school ground set with the events of the day. There were vendors selling barbeque, hot dogs and other goodies, many games, but the main attraction was a large wooden stage with all day music performers, mostly gospel and blue grass. The biggest event was a contest for $100 for the best performer and all you had to do was register. Brenda had a beautiful voice and thought we should sing a duet in front of all those people and win the money. My voice was more like a cat screeching but Brenda assured me she would carry the tune. After 30 minutes practice for me to learn the words we stood in front of a crowd of people larger than Easter morning services at the Fist Baptist Church and sang "NICK KNACK PADDY WHACK GIVE THE DOG A BONE; THIS OLD MAN CAME ROLLING HOME". If you've heard the song then you know it has 12 long verses and we sang every one with the crowd yawning, giggling and some just smiling (probably thinking, "poor little things.") We were the only young armature performers and I think we should have won on merit but we didn't even get honorable mention. When my parents heard we were singing, they gasp with disbelief because they knew I couldn't sing. That was my first and last singing debut. When I attended the Centennial in 2000 my memory of 50 years ago was like it happened yesterday....What a cherished memory of Brenda.
by: Bonnie Bradshaw Gunter Allen
Sing along with the music
KNICK, KNACK, PADDY WHACK GIVE THE DOG A BONE;
THIS OLD MAN CAME ROLLING HOME