Carolyn L. Braun (

Snippet stories …

Snippet …  a small piece or brief extract.

From time to time, I will be sharing snippets of my life through this blog. The idea came to me while I was creating a list of items that I want to remember and include in a self-autobiography booklet. At first, I didn’t think there would be much on that list. However, as I thought of events and people, I started remembering more and more. As a result, it will take a long time to create the booklet. In the mean time, however, I will occasionally share a ‘snippet story.’

Snippet #1:  The Circus and Hula Hoops

I recently went to a locally presented circus with my lady friends and great-granddaughter. Most of the acts were trapeze, juggling and the like. The only animal acts were two gorgeous elephants and a few graceful horses. But what caught my attention was the woman who performed with hoops. She started with a few and ended up with many. Spectacular!



As she started to twirl the hoops around her slim body, I immediately went back to my teenage years. My favorite physical activity at that time was my hula hoops. I would twirl them around my arms,  up and down my body –  as many as three at a time. Three not many like the circus performer.  My hula hoops were plastic; the circus performer’s were metal. How I loved my hula hoops!! I would spend hours, outside on the back sidewalk – hopefully where no one was watching – and twirl away. Now I couldn’t keep one of them around my waist for even a few seconds!! Of course, my waist is not the same as it was then.

What was your favorite thing to do when you were a teenager?


Thanks for reading!! I hope you will return. 


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