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by Ed Matlack

Saturday, April 26, 2008
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Playing with toy soldiers in the sand,

Saluting with probably the wrong hand,

Chasing waves on a long board in the surf,

Riding waves as a body surfer well planned,

The *shoobee’s thinking we did so quite grand…


Meeting new friends from all over the states,

Impromptu contests in the ocean for rates,

Knowing all the great hiding places on the island,

Going to Ms. Schmidts for penny candy & baits…


Hurricane Sam could cut your hair really fast,

Out into the ocean in winter our rods were cast,

Playing kickball at school in seventh & eighth,

Going to high school some twelve miles distant,

Driving my boat to school, docking at the yacht club…


So many friends come and gone,

Can’t recall most of their names,

Some were bullies, now they got cancer,

Karma can play mean tricks,

Pay back for childhood games…

© ed J 4/26/08

*shoobees=summer visitors/tourists etc

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Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 5/2/2008
Wonderful nostalgic write here, Ed; very nice! BRAVO!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 4/27/2008
Fond remembrances. Rufus remembers his last hot dog. She had a certain smell...

Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 4/26/2008
I don't think we are "paid back" later in life for what we did. Afterall, we're given a gravel path which we walk upon and reach all the crossroads that make us mature and construct our character. You survived like the rest of us.
Blessings and love,
Reviewed by Tom Hyland 4/26/2008
our candy store was DEINER'S - old Mr. & Mrs. homemade: chocolates, fudge, pulled taffy, hollow & solid sugar candy figures + buttons, red hats, kits, mary janes, black crows, dots, jujubes, candy sweet potatoes w/coconut, jaw breakers, hot wheels, and more!

peace ole man - peace ...
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 4/26/2008
Jersey, I never knew a bully with good luck at the end.
And If i don't remember wrong, it wasn't Hurricane Sam that ex-marine that went to be a barber after he busted his knees?
Ah yes! that were the days, the old good days.(don't tell Mom that)

Ed The Elder
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 4/26/2008
somethings, in fact many things to ponder, deeper than the first read..
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 4/26/2008
Bless your soul this was a great nostalgic trip down memory lane, a beautiful write Jersey. Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 4/26/2008
"Driving my boat to school..." Neat! Exciting and wholesome remembrances, Ed. We now have a bit o' insight into your childhood. You should write more like this...really enjoyed!! Did you read to RUF?
~~ Micke
Reviewed by D Johnson 4/26/2008
Ed, I think this is one of your better offerings...great work!

Reviewed by P-M Terry Lamar 4/26/2008
I'm glad you read my poem and I found yours! I like this and look forward to reading more. It sounds like you had a fun, unique childhood. Well done and I agree with the part about karma...
A new fan,
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 4/26/2008
Love the phot and we must all have remembrances. good write and so interesting outlook on life and the past.
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 4/26/2008
i like this
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/26/2008
Loving, poignant memories, very well penned - well done, Ed.

(((HUGS))) and love, karla.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 4/26/2008
Going to Ms. Schmidts for penny candy & baits…

We must be brothers, brother. The tiny penny candy store from my wonderful childhood days was owned by a very kind old gentleman, named Mr. Schmidt. I wonder if they were related, too. He even gave me credit once in awhile, when I had no pennies in my pocket.

Those definitely were - the good old days.

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