Husker du?

 

Frank Robert Garneng, 5 år

 
 
Det var en stor og grønn ligusterhekk på begge sider av smijernsporten som ledet ut på fortauet fra huset vårt. Til høyre for oss bodde Elisabeth med foreldrene sine i et rødt hus med hvite vinduskarmer. Til venstre bodde Ole Morten og lillebroren Helge sammen med moren sin. Faren deres var sjømann og kokk, og han var nesten aldri hjemme. Hvis jeg gikk gjennom porten, og over gaten, og løp gjennom hagen til gamle fru Pedersen, kom jeg til den største lekeplassen. Her var jeg nesten hver dag, bortsett fra når jeg var syk. En gang hadde jeg røde prikker over hele kroppen, og mor kalte dem røde hunder, men det var feil. Jeg hadde fått meslinger, og det kunne ligne litt på røde hunder, hadde doktor Nilsen sagt. Når jeg var frisk, lekte jeg alltid på lekeplassen, sånn som de andre barna. Det var et stort stativ som var laget av jernrør som var sveiset sammen og malt etterpå. Det var mest grønt, men noen plasser var det fortsatt rødt. Når mor var med og passet på oss, fikk jeg lov til å henge opp ned på stativet. Selv om jeg strakk armene helt ut, kunne jeg ikke ta i bakken, så det var ganske høyt. En gang falt jeg ned, og da fikk jeg ikke lov til å henge flere ganger.
 
Det stod også en gammel folkevogn, type 2 på den andre siden av lekeplassen. Det var sikkert noen som ikke hadde behov for den lenger, og nå stod den der uten at noen passet på den. Den var rød og hvit, sånn som huset til Elisabeth. En gang dyttet Ole Morten døren hardt igjen, akkurat da jeg hadde fingrene i dørkarmen. Da begynte Ole Morten å gråte og løp og gjemte seg, mens en stor jente som sikker var snart voksen, trøstet meg og fulgte meg hjem til mor. Jeg husker mor sa til far at han måtte bære meg bort til doktor Nilsen, og selv om jeg var 4 år og kunne gått selv, var det godt å bli båret. Doktor Nilsen sa jeg måtte ha en hvit vott på meg noen dager, og siden jeg var så flink, fikk jeg lov til å velge et lekedyr fra skoesken han hadde på telefonbordet i gangen, ut til venteværelset.
 
Doktor Nilsen var nesten alene om ha innlagt telefon. Far hadde satt seg opp på venteliste, men vi fikk aldri innlagt telefon så lenge vi bodde i det huset. Mor mente det ikke var så viktig med hele telefonen, for det tok jo ikke mer enn 7-8 minutter å gå ned til den røde telefonkiosken utenfor kolonialbutikken. Når jeg var med mor til kiosken for å ringe, pleide jeg alltid sitte oppå stativet der telefonkatalogene hang bortover. Det var en telefonkatalog for hvert fylke, men vi brukte nesten alltid bare den ene som hang helt til venstre. Mor sa vi kjente bare folk som bodde i Rogaland, og det var for dyrt å ringe riks uansett.
 
Over døren til kolonialbutikken hang et skilt hvor det stod Kjøbmand Helge O. Larsen, og noen ganger fikk jeg lov til å gå helt alene til kjøpmann Larsen for å handle for mor. Da hadde jeg en firkantet, blå ryggsekk med hvite reimer og hvite bæreseler på ryggen, og oppi den hadde mor lagt handlelisten til kjøpmann Larsen. Jeg skulle ha én kartong med melk, én servelatpølse i oransje plast og én pakke med fårepølse. Som belønning for at jeg var så flink og hjalp mor, fikk jeg også lov å kjøpe én godteri, eller snop, som vi sa. Valget stod mellom Fox eller Nox, og det ble nesten alltid Fox.
 
En gang jeg gikk hjem fra kjøpmann Larsen, så jeg en gutt som kikket ut fra et vindu. Han var sikkert yngre enn meg, for jeg kunne bare skimte hodet hans over vinduskarmen. Han var helt mørk i ansiktet og hadde sort, krøllet hår. En sånn gutt hadde jeg aldri sett før. Ikke hadde jeg sett mørke mennesker på TV heller, for på den tiden hadde vi ikke fargefjernsyn. Jeg løp hjem.
 
Den neste tirsdagen, da mor og jeg gikk til musikkbarnehagen, kom den lille mørkhudede gutten med moren sin. Han het Chike og var like gammel som meg. Alle mødrene sa at nå skulle vi barna være venner med Chike, og så var vi det. Chike og jeg fikk utdelt hver vår tamburin, mor til Silje satte seg ved pianoet og resten barnehageorkesteret fant frem instrumentene de hadde fått utdelt. Så begynte vi å spille på instrumentene og synge: “Det var en liten negergutt som hette Vesle Hoa. Han hadde fjær på hodet sitt og ring på tommeltoa. Han hadde bare bukse på, og buksa den var gjort av strå. Men Hoa likte buksa godt, for han var en ekte hottentott”. Alle mødrene smilte og klappet, mens vi barna praktiserte innvandrerintegrering på sitt enkle og naturlige vis. Selvfølgelig helt politisk ukorrekt i dag, og helt fjernet fra Torbjørn Egners visebok etter 2006, men på den tiden var den til glede for store og små.
 
Vi flyttet fra huset med ligusterhekken og smijernsporten da jeg var 5 år, men hva som skjedde da er en annen historie.
 

Minnene fra da jeg var barn blir naturligvis svakere og svakere. Det er litt trist, for de gir meg mange gode følelser, og de er på mange måter noe av grunnen til at jeg har blitt til den jeg er i dag. Jeg var heldig og hadde en god og trygg oppvekst, men slik er det ikke for alle. Et godt valg i hverdagen er derfor å ta vare på de beste minnene, og gi dine egne barn en oppvekst som de minnes med glede.
 
 

Merk. Denne historien er ikke en nøyaktig dokumentasjon av fortiden. Den er ment å inspirere til refleksjon. Alle navn er derfor byttet ut.

 
 

 
 


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