Papa’s World – growing up Eldred Pa. – part three !

Terri – Boots – Mike

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.

Terri – Tom (me ) – 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 !

Eldred at turn of century 1889

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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Papas World – A chunk of coal & a pigs tail!

I guess I was maybe 6 or 7 – and it was the morning of Christmas.

I had been bad – so bad that I was told –

Santa knew I was naughty!

Sherry & Tom
MORMOR & PAPA

That previous Summer – I had run from my mother in the backyard.

I do not remember what I had done –

but my older sister and my grand mother

were watching me from the front porch – looking over the side railing.

My mother and grandmother were a lot alike.

Both small – grandma gentle with 11 children.

Mom had her gentleness but she was feisty!

She ruled the house!

Grandma passed when she was 85 – mom almost 98!

That day she chased me in the yard – I made it to the front porch

and I crawled in as far as I could go – spider webs and all!

I hated spiders and still do to this day.

She managed to coax me out – but I got a licking from her.

As I get older – I look back in fondness at those times.

My mom was very good to me –

That morning of Christmas – all my family was sitting in the living room.

And for my first present they handed me a wrapped box-

all red and white with a ribbon.

I was excited – my little brother was maybe 2 years old

I took the ribbon off and then the wrapping paper.

It was like a shoe box and I could rattle it by shaking it!

I LEARNED MY LESSON

I opened the lid and looked inside –

I did not say anything – but I bolted for the door –

No shoes or boots and out I went in my PJ’S!

Down the side yard – I ran as fast as I could –

Through the snow toward the big red barn.

And I reached the railroad tracks –

And with all my might I threw that box as far as I could.

That was the Christmas for being bad –

I GOT A LUMP OF COAL AND A PIGS TAIL!

Funny how things remain in your head –

I had learned my lesson

My mom taught me well – until she passed- we laughed about this.

She was tiny – she was gentle – she was my mom.

And today my angel in heaven smiling down.

She couldn’t catch me – but in the end

She taught me a lesson in life that I will always remember!

Sherry & Tom
MORMOR & PAPA

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Papa’s World – Just another day in my life.

COMING TO A END

Here it is almost 1/3 the way through November

The leaves are coming down –

it is chilly at night

and once again it is time to pull the flowers for storage.

I remember my youth –

Fall was hunting season –

I only ever shot one thing in my entire life.

A Rabbit – and it did not die right away –

instead dragged itself along the ground –

I stepped on its hind legs

and it screamed !

That was it for me –

no more hunting –

Sometimes you just
find a corner
and observe
what is happening
around you !

Fall also is the time you get ready to rake and rake

Bags of leaves to be picked up on Tuesday trash days.

That is the day they pick up yard waste.

I usually end up with at least twenty bags of leaves !

Fall’s in my youth –

riding my bike until early dark

sometimes neighbor hood KICK THE CAN !

The neighbor hood on North Main Street

was full of kids.

Games were every day or just hanging out.

The saw mill up the street with a huge pile of saw dust.

The apple trees and chucking apples at the train as it passed.

Sleeping out on the porch – going inside when it became too cold.

Walking down town to the Texaco to see who was hanging out !

Memories of the mind –

Sometimes you wonder

WHEN WILL I FORGET ?

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