Ace ran with me everywhere, his only problem was he loved to chase chickens and that ain’t good.
VonDale and I skated to town once. Albemarle was on a hill. Streets were paved and there were sidewalks. We got to the top of the main street and decided to race down the hill. The hill was two blocks long. There was no one on the sidewalks so we started. I don’t remember who was ahead, but I do know I got too fast. I jumped off the first curb and up on the next but in front of the Western Auto Building, I had had it. Toooooo /fast. I sat down. YEP wore my pants out!!! Ace licked my cuts, I could not cry, but I wanted to. I was glad I got stopped.
Do you think Sherry was really waiting for THIS?
Dad was later assigned to a church in Valdese, NC. I was leaving VonDale. Kids can make the parents lives miserable, and I tried my best to do that. I did not want to move. I was Nine.
Quickly, like kids do, I adjusted to the small mountain town. I met some great kids. Jim & Bub Page, Paul Settlemyer, Guy Abee and Peter David Hunt. These guys were fun to be with but I was a little reluctant to share a lot. Three of the boys sang in a trio, they were honestly very good. At ten they sounded like the Everly Brothers did later. They were really active in church stuff. Once on one of our forays to the Catawba river to swim, I asked Bub as we were treading water, “Bub, are you guys really into this religious stuff?” Remember I am ten, Jim is ten, Bub is nine. Nobody around but us naked boys.
Bub stuck his head under the water came up with a mouthful of water, squirted a big stream toward me and said, “Hell yes!”
I knew I was with my kind of boys. Hahahahahaaha! Life was much more fun after that. Now don’t get me wrong. I got religion a lot of times in my life, when I was feeling guilty. I kept my daddy humble! Maybe that is why Shirl was the pet! LOL
Jim & Bub had a wonderful mama and dad. Garland Page (dad) could sing, wow could he sing. He picked a guitar like Chet Atkins, you know, picked it instead of strumming. Sitting on their front porch and hearing him sing was a high light of my entire life. Jim and Bub had chores after school. Bub cooked beans and cornbread ever night and Jim fed and watered the stock & chickens. I helped a little, and ate supper more at their house than I did mine I think.
Vondale did come to visit in the Summer. The Mountain town of Valdese was not as bad as I thought it was going to be. They also had a no-nonsense school.
Sherry is still waiting, I am hurrying to get to her….
Thanks for coming this way.
PS: The reason congressmen try so hard to get re-elected is that they wouldhate to have to make a living under the laws they've passed.