I grew up with my niece – Terri Luce and my brother Mike –
This was my early World – they were almost the same age .
Donna – my sister – became pregnant –
just after my younger brother Mike was born.
Donna was 15 years older than me & 20 years older than Mike.
We played together all the time – she was a little blond –
and Mike had curly Red hair .
I miss them both as they are now gone.
It was at this time – my mother would not let me go shirtless !
I was so skinny she thought people would think she was starving me !
It seemed as I was growing up – we always had a flood !
One such flood – I was maybe ten years old –
I was told not to go down the street to the water !
Well – I did what I was told not to do !
I went behind Slavin’s furniture – and dug up some wooden pallets –
Somewhere I found some inner tube –
and I made a raft !
I launched it by the body shop – I had a long stick –
The water on main street was maybe 2 to 3 feet deep –
I did not know how to swim –
Unknown to me – a reporter from the paper was there
The Bradford Era !
He took a picture of me – standing on my little raft
With that stick in my hand –
pushing my raft down the street in front of Slavin’s bar.
To my surprise – that picture was printed the next day –
To the Bradford Era – the very same paper my dad always read –
delivered each morning – before he left for work!
Nothing was said until after supper that night .
I first was asked if I had gone downtown to the water ?
I said nothing – I could tell they knew !
Then – there it was – a picture of me on my raft with stick in hand !
Front page !
I got into trouble –
but deep inside
I had pride –
I had made the front page !
Just like my father had – after winning a bet on a heavyweight boxing match
He bet Herkie that Patterson would win –
And the loser had to wheel a wheel barrow down main street
with the winner riding inside.
My mom kept that picture and my sister also had it
along with dad being rolled down main street – FRONT PAGE !
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