He had red curly hair – a smile a mile wide and a laugh and giggle that you knew right away who it was.
He was my younger brother – we were like a second family for my parents –
Donna and Roger were 15 and 10 years older.
We had a sister who died at birth in between the two sets of kids.
We fought like cats and dogs do – but we also were close.
He instigated a lot of it and would scream bloody murder as loud as he could when I had enough.
I was the one who into trouble but mom always knew as she later told me.
He was just o darn likable with that hair and giggle.
We played all the time together – cowboys and Indian’s – running the neighborhood –
He was always hurting himself – one time he climbed up on top of a attached shed at a neighbors house.
He was going to ambush me but I saw him and pretended to shoot him.
I saw what he was going to do and I yelled STOP – but he did it anyway –
always acting real life he sort of collapsed and rolled off the shed to the ground as if dead.
But there was a stone bird bath under the shed roof and when he came down he hit his elbow on it!
Off to the doctors office we went and then in the ambulance to the hospital to have surgery on the elbow!
He had to have a pin put in and that elbow was off to the side -making his arm seem crooked.
A few years later – we were on the front porch – and he had climbed up onto the porch railing – I told him he had better get down before he fell.
Well – as always – he gave me that silly laugh and giggle – and I could not help but smile until he did fall.
At the end of the porch beneath that railing – a 2 x 10 stuck out – he came down and hit that board with his other elbow and we repeated the same thing all over again with another surgery – now he had two elbows exactly the same!
But -it seemed like it was a perfect solution for him as it perfected his golf swing and he had a lot of power and strength in those arms – one time I was with him – and this was way before anyone was hitting the ball 300 yards.
We were playing the old number one hole at Smethport – he was a Freshman – me just beginning my senior year –
He hit that ball and because of how his elbows were now shaped – he hit it straight with power. That hole was a gradual uphill some 305 yards!
His ball ended up past the hole and into the yard behind it! Some 50 or 60 yards past! Uphill!
If I had not been there to see it – I would not believe it!
Gene Fazio – who was a card member of the PGA and a premier golfer in the Pa. and NYS area –
told me – “IF I HAD MY SHORT GAME AND MIKE’S DRIVING – I WOULD GO ON THE PGA TOUR”!
Mike was a scratch golfer even with those elbows.
Mike ended up bigger than me – he was as tall as my father who was a little over six foot tall.
The brother’s – Roger – Mike and I got our curly hair from my dad – my grandfather was bald.
Mike ended up around 215 pounds and played football – but he could kick that ball just like he hit golf balls.
Far and straight – he became a field goal kicker way before that was common in H.S.
His kick offs were always through the end zone and he went on to college at Mansfield University of Pa.
Where he became the kicker for the college football team.
He graduated in Criminal Justice.
As I said before he was always doing something and getting hurt!
He was riding my bike one day and I told him to get off as he was not big enough to ride it!
His legs could barley touch the pedals – sure enough his foot slipped and he came down on the cross bar –
off to the hospital we went again – operation for a rupture!
My brother in law Bill nick named him JUICE!
I really do not know why other than he was like electric – energy running through him – always a live wire!
Then one day Bill and I were sitting on the front porch –
and he said “HERE COMES JUICE”!
And then Bill said “JESUS CHRIST”!
And Bill hollered at him – “JUICE- PUT THE ROPE DOWN”!
But too late!
Mike was walking up the street twirling a dog rope with a clasp on the end of it over his head like a cowboy!
He got it too low just after Bill yelled to put it down and it started to wind around his head lower and lower.
It came around and smacked him right on the mouth –
“KNOCKING OUT HIS FRONT TOOTH”!
Off to the dentist office we went – oral surgery to extract what remained in his mouth of that tooth.
THAT IN A NUTSHELL WAS MY BROTHER MIKE!
Red hair – bearded – always smiling and that silly laugh – giggle.
I MISS HIM as he passed away when I was 35.
My brother MIKE – loved – close as brothers are – gone way too young – but never forgotten.
PAPA’S WORLD: WHERE FRIENDS MEET THE FAMILY – FAMILY MEETS FRIENDS!
MY BLOG SITE like and subscribe – it is free – livinglifedoingitmyway.blog
The bedroom outfit in each bedroom and all the chairs and couches and kitchen table – end tables – stand for TV and desks in office. Outdoor patio and front porch furniture.
We were worried about beds to sleep in – and we have enough plus our office ( blow up queen mattress to sleep both families) plus we needed storage for clothes and items – by planning with extra drawers and arranging coat closets and linen closets plus the overhead storage in the garage – we have come up with ample space along with oversized night tables and storage shelves under one bed.
And has hung on every wall of every house we have moved into.
WHERE FRIENDS MEET THE FAMILY livinglifedoingitmyway.blog FAMILY MEETS FRIENDS!
If you wish to read the other parts one through four – go to livinglifedoingitmyway.blog or at the end of this blog
Find LIKE and click on it ( at the end) then when SUBSCRIBE appears – click on it! It is all FREE!
You will get a email of the blog – read and delete – and search my other 600 plus blogs.
PAPA’S WORLD – livingdoingitmywy.blog by Tom Fitzsimmons contact email email@example.com
As you can also see – we are in the middle of construction of new houses – we are the second to close –
but we have been through this twice before – and the values have already gone up!
This is our third build – in the last 22 years!
Moving South – first to the NVA area – outside of Washington DC – and buying and selling three times –
With twice building from ground up –
has led us here – in Ocean Isle Beach – Cameron Woods – and sitting on our front porch.
We have done major landscaping since this picture was taken – removing the pine straw and replacing it with the black mulch – putting in white – gray stones around the trees in the front yard and large rocks around the lanai.
We have just a few more ideas to formulate – changing a few things and we will be settled!
Thank you for reading Papa’s World –
WHERE FRIENDS MEET THE FAMILY – FAMILY MEETS FRIENDS! livinglifedoingitmyway.blog
on Magnolia Greens golf course just outside Leland, N.C.
Buck and Cindy are our friends – before we all moved – we were neighbors back in WNY.
We moved into a house next to them some 36 1/2 years ago and we knew them before that.
I have always known him as BUCK – never called him Bill.
About 15 years ago – he developed non essential tremors – and had a brain operation – where electric probes were implanted – with out them and the control under his skin on his chest – he would not have any control on his right side – arm and leg. The downside to having this implanted – is with it turned on – he loses his clarity on speech –
and has problems with balance. But – he still can golf and handle himself well – I drive – watch his ball –
and we get a handicap flag that allows us to get near his ball so he does not get so tired out.
He is one of my two best friends – the other Jimmy who I played softball with back in the mid ’70’s.
We all are close friends and Dottie – Jim’s wife – I have known as long as Jim.
The three of us grew up in the same small town of Eldred Pa.
Cindy and Buck grew up in Portville N.Y. just across the border and Sherry grew up in Mount Jewett Pa. aboput 35 miles away.
They are right down the middle and anywhere from 130 to 175 yards!
It makes them tough to beat – I golf from the senior tees – and when I get a good drive – it still is about even with them
as they have a advantage from the ladies tees.
Buck – because of his condition – golfs from the same tees as the ladies –
so a lot of the time we use his ball on the scramble –
He can still hit it almost as far as they can.
We play even up – no strokes – and this time out – after 18 holes – Buck and I lost by one stroke!
Their second shots are like the drives – and close to the green – a chip and one putt for par or worse two putt.
Sherry and I just love to play – get out – fresh air – and a lot of laughs.
Cindy has a traveling shot bar!
If we make a birdie – it is shot time – since we make few of them – she switched it to pars! LOL
They pared – we boggied – missed putt – and that was the difference in the 18 hole match!
Thank you for reading Papa’s World
WHERE FRIENDS MEET THE FAMILY
FAMILY MEETS FRIENDS!
PAPA’S WORLD BLOG: livinglifedoingitmyway.blog email: firstname.lastname@example.org subscribe by liking – fee!
The complex has over 780 individual condo units and town houses – this at one time a golf course called The Old Gator Hole! I think in the mid 2000’s it was sold and made into Ocean Keyes plus two other developments including a plaza with Walmart and Home depot.
Thank you for reading Papa’s World
WHERE FRIENDS MEET THE FAMILY – FAMILY MEETS FRIENDS!
Our Condo in Ocean Keyes – North Myrtle Beach – found simply by accident – and now almost nine months later –
We will move out and into our new home – if the closing is on time!
But – here is what we look at each morning – the lake – the wild fowl – the houses – the fountains – trees –
I love the rees!
All or most of the family has come down – Mike and Maddy have not made it here.
The little ones love to explore – play on the playground at Barefoot Landing.
Family is really important to us – and keeping the time to get here manageable!
In our new home it will be six hours for one family and almost seven hours for the other.
They can drive in one day and be here early enough to enjoy!
Family time – beach – exploring – warm weather – new home – new neighborhood.
Sarah wants to act – design – fashion – dance – no sports for her – although I secretly believe she would be awesome – still growing – Ella at 5′ 81/2 ” – I think she will be taller – and Taylor will be tallest of all – only 10 years old!
Family means a great deal to us – even though we are down here – they have visited and we have gone home several times – staying in each family homes with them.
Thank you for reading Papa’s World – MY BLOG: livinglifedoingitmyway.blog MY EMAIL: email@example.com
ON THE AUTUMN OF LIFE – SUNRISES – FAMILY PART THREE WILL BE NEXT!
PAPA’S WORLD – WHERE FAMILY MEETS FRIENDS – FRIENDS MEET FAMILY!
NETWORK MARKING for The Juice Plus Company. 15 years – retired from corp. America – TEAM LEADER
This is all part of the Shenandoah Museum complex in Winchester Va. A hiking trail – through the woods.
The pathway is very wide – I would guess eight feet and all made up with crushed limestone! There are benches to sit on the entire walkway – and areas to sit quietly – a really nice walk and easy on the feet!
MY SITE: PAPA’S WORLD
MY BLOG: livinglifedoingitmyway.blog MY EMAIL CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org