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By Carol Perkins

Labor Day weekend is special for all Americans because it gives them a three-day weekend. My September 6th birthday will usually fall during this long weekend. This year it falls on Labor Day.

I was born in my grandmother's house (Sullivan) at Cedar Flat. This was a busy day for Dr. Dunham because three others were delivered that same day. I'm not sure he made it for all deliveries, but he got there for mine. Back then, according to my mother, neighbors arrived the day after the birth to welcome the new baby. I had no shortage of visitors probably because I was the first child born to Henry and Marguerite Reece Sullivan. Visitors like to figure out whom a baby resembles.

While we were staying at my grandmother's house, our new home was under construction.

We would move to that location only a few months after my arrival. I was lucky never to experience an outhouse or lack of electric heat, even though we also burned wood. My mother's luxury in our new home was a bathtub; the same one she has used for the last seventy plus years. My dad always teased that she didn't care about anything else as much as she did that tub!

Our white wooden house would later have a white picket fence around the front yard. Picture perfect as far as a magazine, but a terrible inconvenience when the weeds grew between the slates and my brother and I cut the weeds with scissors. The blisters between my fingers stayed raw for days. I wasn't too upset when the fence rotted. However, it did keep ground balls from going to the highway during our many baseball games.

Each birthday takes me back to the day I was born and the stories I recall of the event. I like to tell those same stories to my children and grandchildren about the day they were born. We didn't have lots of pictures. I think the earliest one I have is when I was around nine months old and I wore a gold bracelet on my arm. We never knew what happened to it!

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