i J J /I J 'I X) -A 05® ,V' /U:mi. /'I; /: ■; I' .V !.i j, :Av?k-'^~ i:. O' J 'I By- W V 'I \ \ l n,'“ jY\ ( n AMU Hello boys, I traly hope you ai’o feeling up to par. VJhen I v/rite niy articles. I always have a little lijLinp in my throat in spite of my frivolity, for after all - my interests, tho'i^’bts and best -wishes, are have ose*' help- /> ing Uncie Sam with his house cleaning. I often thirlc of little incidents and kiddish pr-inkvS th.at we, you, and all normal youngsters took part in. back when the world was peaceful and v/e had no more to worry our minds than being sure thc?.t v:e got our full shr.re of tho ice cream that was being made in the old "turn-it’till-yTou^rc-blue-in'-thc-face" freezer. So, just for pastime rJid child hood’s sake, lets go back and rominisce - a little. Do you reneniber? ~ The little girl v;ho sat in front of you at school and you trapped her pigtails in your iiik well - or the little girl who pretended she v;as using snuff by ’’dipping’* cocoa - the little boys who felt so very, very mature puffing av:ay on rabbit tobacco or an elder stick - the "stick horses” that’s been many a little fellov/‘s pride and joy? I remember a fancy one I had that I called ’’Bob," ^member the old see—sav; over the triangle chicken coop that Ippt the- ground nearby bruised and v/eedlecs - of v/riting your sweetheart’s name in the palm of your hand, forgetting about it and your big brother or sister seeing it rnd teasing you ~ or peeping through the, key hole rJid watching big sister court ~ you never did see an;jiihing of much interest, but that old key hole V7as a regular magnet and you lived in hope rnd expectation - the old tin tub, that served on Saturday night for c3.ean Sunday rituals ~ or the preacher that said, near the end of his sermoxi "and no\/ in conclusion" and then concluded for for nearly an, h^v.T ~ a.t v03?r.od ycii'd t)'-:v£r get heme to that fiied chicken and chocolate opice ■■ the coupla* old men in the '•'i\iuen Corner" who settled dovm for a nice nod ?nd snore — or the nice olvx I'-.dies who chev/ed on cloves to cover up snuff halitosis - of pulling off your shoes and tramping dov;n the newly filled strew bed ticks - the old surrey vdti fr:Ijige around the tr.p ~ you really felt in fine style riding in one cf those - of ai3. the toe nails that got busted each summer — that first cud of tobacco that almost saved you from being in the army - That squerk:y pair of shoes that caused peop?ue to turn rnd notice - that goose egg jrou got on History for saying Booker T, IVashington, vjas the fqther of his country - that "why were you ever born" stare your mother gave you for snickering when the preacher "asked the blessing" ~ Pulling up Mother’s pan of tomato plmts, then feeling uneasy and resetting them. Of course the "v;ilt" striick tnsm and tney died, but your conscience v;as clear ~ the first fish you caugho with a bent pin - A whopper, two or three inches Icngl - of tne first time Dad let you ride old Dobbin by ynurseDjf* Paul Revere didn*t make a better sho;ving - of the time you slapped little sister and then gave her your bean gun or prettiest glass mai’ble to keep her frcn crying and toUilng Mom — I accumulated ^ite a collection cf just such wealth ~ of breaking the old settin’ hen by dunk ing her in a tub of water and holding her too long — of burj’ing a pet cat or dog rnd making a real funeral of it with flowers, obituary and ever.ything — many a man has been called to preach by remombering his genius and eloquence on just such occasions — of the ('dsh of company preserves thr.t imsn there when compnny came - (con^t. next page)

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