Sunday, September 30, 2012

Time to Reminisce

  • One of life's thrills is using the toilet for the first time. I know, you're wondering how I can remember that. Well, I was ten at the time.
  • I remember stealing that first kiss from the neighbor girl. I must have been around eleven or so. She hated me ever since.
  • How about the first time you ever drove a car. My cousin let me chauffeur around he and his girlfriend, while they made out in the back seat. I learned how to use the rear-view mirror really well.
  • The first drink of beer I ever had was when I was sent to the tavern to get a bucket of beer for the men gathered at our home to watch the Friday Night Fights. We had one of the only TV's in the neighborhood, so about 6-7 guys would always show up on a Friday night. I would take a few sips on my way home. I always attributed the shortage to spillage. I doubt if that fooled my father.
  • Your first car is really a thrill. I got a 57 Chevy in 1966. Black, with lots of chrome. She was a beauty. I think it cost $500.
  • I saw Martin Luther King, Jr., in Chicago, in 1967. I probably only got within 50ft. of him, but you could feel the power. 
  • I was married on March 6, 1971, to my childhood sweetheart. I fell in love with my wife when I was around 13, and I never fell out of love with her. 
  • Having that first child is something. Mainly scary. You worry about everything. It wasn't too bad, cause we had another. Kids give you a lot of sleepless nights, but it's worth it.
  • I didn't attend my commencement for college or graduate school, although I should have, if for no other reason, to let my mother enjoy it. Not all reminiscing is fun. Regrets creep in.

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