A Meme in Time
What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies. ~Rudolph Giuliani
Who was your first “best friend”?
Paul Larmour from the next neighborhood up. His mother and my mother were best friends as well.
What was your most memorable birthday as a child?
I was six and My Aunt Doris threw a party for me. I got mad at something and threw a glass of soda on my cousin. It was a disaster but I remember it.
Who was your first “crush”?
I don’t remember having a crush but I was in love with my first grade teacher , does that count.
Where was the best vacation your family took as a child?
They blend. Every summer the family drove to lower Michigan to visit relatives and it was a wonderful time spent with cousins and doing new things.
What was your favorite pastime as a child?
Bike riding in summer. Tobogganing in winter.
When did you learn to ride a two-wheel bike?
What is your most traumatic memory as a child?
Thinking my dad shot himself when he had the sight on his rifle wrong and it knocked him out. I heard the shot and saw the blood running from his head.
What age did you learn to swim?
Every relative had a camp and we spent a lot of summer days at the lakes so it had to be early. But I have no memory of it.
What smell automatically takes you back to your childhood?
Saffron buns baking.
What was your first pet?
Hessa my best friend , my protector, my Springer Spaniel. Always was waiting for me at the bus stop.
Who impacted your life as a child?
My maternal Grandmother and my paternal Grandfather.
What is the most exciting Christmas gift you received as a child?
I guess my Marx train.
Who was the neighborhood bully when you were growing up?
No neighborhood bully . My dog wouldn’t let anybody pick on me. But there was a school bus bully who shook me down for lunch money.
Who was your best friend as a teenager?
There was more than one, Michael Hillier, Lanse Roberts, Kenny Pentii, James Savolianen come to mnd. They all went on to become pastors.
What is the first car you can remember your family owning?
A Dodge Coupe with a rumble seat.
What was the first award you ever received?
My Detroit Free Press gold watch for debate.
Me and sports. I’m the guy they always picked last.
Herman explained to Tommy UK all that Calab had told him. Tommy really wanted to believe that what Calab said was true. If it was true then his father was still alive but trapped beyond time in a rift between worlds. Indeed it might have been his father who got Tammy and Tommy out of the rift they were in. If that was true he might be able to save his father.
On the other hand he had adventures with the man in black. He had shown up whenever Pigeon Falls needed help and had always been part of the solution. He had learned to trust him. Now he would have to forget all that and plot against him.
Further if Calab was telling the truth then Tommy UK had helped seal the opening through which help was coming for Pigeon Falls. The town's destruction would be his fault. It was worse than that as the destruction of all mankind would be his fault.
But he had to decide. If the man in black was evil then Tommy should try to reopen the doorway. If the man in black is good then Tommy should destroy the talking heads. He went back to reading the driblet.