Sitting on the front porch of North Main Street –
It was a wide and deep porch –
The kind to sit through a rain storm –
and not get wet !
I guess that is why now when I look at houses –
The very first TWO THINGS I look at are –
Front porches and screened in back three seasons rooms with views !
My childhood had the first but not the last !
My grand ma – siting out there on her lap –
I somehow do remember that –
which would make me 3 or 4 years old.
Roller skates – the kind that had a key –
I would strap them on and down the street I would go.
The street on both sides was lined with huge old trees –
The kind that six kids holding hands could not encircle the trunks !
The roots had made the side walks uneven –
and to navigate them did not seem to slow me down !
I would turn around at Slavins – furniture store –
Back then it was also a service station –
And I remember Jack – he worked there.
There was a Coke machine that sat outside between the bays
Sometimes he would buy me a coke that came in a glass bottle !
I lived all the way to the top of this old picture on the left –
some of those buildings still existed when i was growingup
And a few are still there today.
You can see the beginning of those trees even back then.
Then – I got my bicycle –
A red WESTERN FLYER !
That bike – I had those streamers coming out of the rubber handle grips
And a clothes pin with a card on the spokes –
both front and back.
I rode it everywhere – to the park –
across the tracks –
Up Barden Brook –
And just making it home when the street lights came on !
The park – my second home away –
base ball diamond – tennis and basketball courts –
But – the outfield of grass –
beneath the huge telephone poles with lights on them !
Where we choose up teams
and played football for hours !
Papa’s World – Growing up ELDRED PA.
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