Good day everyone –
ever get a tune in your head
over and over again?
” I HAD A PAIR OF BRAND NEW ROLLER SKATES “
Before I had my new WESTERN FLYER BIKE
I had a pair of Roller Skates!
” AND YOU HAD A BRAND NEW KEY”
Now – I just know you won’t be singing that little song! LOL
I am dating myself here – but – when I was 6 or 7 –
that is what I had – Roller Skates
and I would strap them on
and up and down the sidewalk I would go
and believe me – those sidewalks were land mines!
Great big Maple trees grew alongside them
causing them to crack – become crooked
and you needed to be a expert to navigate them!
” I HAD A BRAND NEW PAIR OF ROLLER SKATES”
Growing up in a little town in NWPA called Eldred.
Hours and hours I would skate up and down the street.
We lived on main street
heading East and West through Pa.
Going West to the border of NYS
Or East toward the far reaches of Pa.
All through the Alleghany Mountains
Lands of the Senaca nation.
I was a skinny thing –
so skinny my Mom wouldn’t let me take off my T shirt!
The blue veins stood out among the bones
she was afraid people would think
she wasn’t feeding me !
But – I ate and ate – see where I am today! LOL
I had one destination I would skate to down town
It was a Service Station / Furniture store
And it had a huge open paved area in front!
That was as far as I was allowed to go.
The other direction was Prouty’s saw mill!
I would hit that big open black top and was in heaven
after the mine field of the sidewalks!
Right behind that car was the service bays
and “Jack” – he worked in those bays.
And he befriended me
If you look close – between the bays
was a glass bottled COKE MACHINE!
And he would motion me over
And put in I think 5 cents and buy me a Coke!
I had to drink it there and he did not do it all the time!
We never had ” POP” as I called it!
And it was a treat for me.
My sister and brother in law – Donna and Bill
lived upstairs in the building next door
My Mom would walk my brother Mike and me down the street
at 5:45 am. each week day as she worked and my father
worked on the oil fields as a supervisor for South Penn
My mother worked for Alcas known the world over today as
Cutco Knives –
she retired from there as did my dad ( who died from cancer in 1969)
My Mom lived to be almost 98 years old!
We walked down in the cold Winter mornings
and climbed up those long stairs
seemed like 30 steps to me!
We would lie down – my brother in law had already
gone to work at the White Hawk Beef Company in town.
He later became the chief of police and mayor
Drove semi truck for Viko
which became Ethan Allen at the far side of town.
My sister would get us up – and feed us breakfast
and then we would walk to school.
” AND YOU HAVE A BRAND NEW KEY”
Thank you for reading Papa’s World
A little bit about me
” I HAVE A BRAND NEW PAIR OF ROLLER SKATES –
AND YOU HAVE A BRAND NEW KEY”
” LA – LA – LA- LA———LA”
WHERE FRIENDS MEET THE FAMILY