We did not know that we did not have much!
We never talked about it – we had a black and white TV.
We had numerous cars – first one I remember was when we
brought my baby brother home from the hospital in 1954?
It was a green color and I remember being in the back seat
The upholstery was a fuzzy feeling
and Mom was in the front with Mike and dad driving.
We had the old rotary phone on the wall by the steps to the celler.
Back at that time – it was a “PARTY LINE”!
And you called the operator and gave her I think three numbers.
Then it changed and we got our own number
to which I still know to this day!
And next door my sister lived and I know that number today!
I remember riding with my father and little brother
Across the state line to NY State and to Portville
some maybe 8 miles away.
To a place called “WILSON’S FRUIT STAND”!
It was a treat for us as we always got something
maybe a apple or orange
And my dad always bought a case of Carling’s Black Label
once a week!
Mom and dad drank beer –
There was a group of friends
The Framptons up the street – the West’s out on the South of town
The Howells also on the South of town.
The Petruzzi’s – ( sp ) who was my dads best friend Elmer and Angie.
The Marones – they all bowled together – played cards
and went for vacations to fish in the far North of Canada.
That was before I was old enough to go
and then my little brother came along
But I saw the pictures – my older brother – not my sister –
I do not know why she did not go?
But – my brother was friends with Ron and his father and mother
Elmer and Angie and they remained friends until he passed away
four years ago.
We have our friends today just as they did.
We never had a color TV until 1968 – after I was gone.
I actually had roller skates for a long time before
I got my first bike – a Western Flyer
Then I was off to the park and all points of the town.
My mom was small – maybe 5’2″
and my dad just shy of 6’0
Back then that was tall.
But she ruled the roost so to speak.
We did not have much – no spending money as kids.
My older brother worked and my sister baby sit.
But – I did not know what I did not know.
My memories are good ones.
I remember the very first time I heard
” I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND”
It was the H.S. cafe and a childhood friend
from when I was perhaps 10 or 11
came into the cafe singing this song as he got in line.
But that is another story for another time
We did not have much in growing up
But I retained a load of memories rich in thought!
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