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September 10, 2013

We made our own kind of fun

(Continued)

We would have pick up baseball games in any vacant field and there were many around this time. The only ball park in town was the one which is now by the high school and it was usually being used by the bigger boys and we were not welcome. One of us would have a ball. Most but not all the players would have gloves and if you had a bat you were assured of a spot on one of the teams being chosen. I had one glove for my entire younger years and never felt like I needed to replace it. Basically, I think my frugal dad had gotten me a glove larger than I needed at the time so I would use it longer, and I did. I had a Schwinn bike purchased at Bill Caldwell’s for all of $25. I never had any other bike either and that one ended up with us in San Diego until I was old enough to drive.

Sure didn’t have a lot to keep us busy, we had to make those things ourselves. We didn’t have TV, computers, iPads, tablets or much of anything else, but we made do. We used our minds and bodies to find something to do and enjoy. Frankly, I feel that we did fairly well doing that even in later life. I certainly do miss those wonderful and relaxing days.

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