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Remembering Roy

Remembering Roy

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Today’s kids are so advantaged they can almost be considered disadvantaged as they have so much you have to wonder how they can appreciate anything. It’s not their fault; blame it on parents and grandparents who want to give them “more than we had” and, in some ways, wind up giving them less. Things can’t replace time invested in their lives.

When my generation was growing up we had a real appreciation for the few things we had. I didn’t realize at the time how poor we actually were. No government agency tried to sign us up, or politicians curry our favor. We didn’t have a car until I was 11-years old, so I didn’t think it was unusual to go to the grocery store pulling a wagon.

My father died before I was a year old and mother remarried a few years later to a good man. He had virtually no education having dropped out of school in the 4th grade to work in the coal mines, but he always had a job, we always had a warm, dry, clean house, although quite small and nothing fancy, and mom always set a great table. I don’t know how she managed on so little money.

Saturday evening was always a great treat as mom made a big pot of popcorn on the stove and made a large pitcher of Kool-Aid. How could we be poor with such treats? Sunday dinner was always a roast or meatloaf so we could have cold sandwiches in the evening as we listened to Jack Benny and Amos and Andy on the radio. I thought surely even kings could not live any better, and I’m saddened that today’s kids miss these wonderful pleasures. We all seemed to be very happy with very little; so many of today’s kids are so sad with so much.

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  1. A ALEXANDER says:

    JOHN I WAS BORN IN 1952 IN DECEMBER.I GREW UP UNTIL 1963 IN INDIANAPOLIS IN.IN 63 WE MOVED 50 MILES AWAY TO BLOOMINGTON IN.WE WENT FROM THE CITY TO THE FARM.MOM ALWAYS SET A GOOD TABLE WITH THE THINGS I LIKED TO EAT. COURSE THERE ARE THOSE WHO WILL TELL YOU THAT I LIKE IT ALL.ROY WAS A DIFFERENT KIND OF COWBOY TO ME.I THINK THAT BECAUSE I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT ROY THE PERSON DID NOT FIT WITH ROY OF THE FANCY WESTERN GARB,AND FANCY GUN BELT.I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT ROY WAS REALLY JUST A DOWN HOME TYPE OF PERSON PRETTY MUCH LIKE YOU OR AT LEAST WHAT I CAN GATHER FROM YOUR WRITINGS IN THE MAGAZINES.OR MAYBE BECAUSE LIKE YOU WE HAD OUR GARDEN AND SLAUGHTERED A CALF AND SOME CHICKENS AND ONE HOG.BUT THERE WAS NOT A LOT OF MONEY.I HAVE NEVER BEEN ONE TO CARE FOR FANCY,JUST STURDY,CLEAN,AND PRESENTABLE.I GUESS THAT IS MAYBE WHY I LIKED JOHN WAYNE SO MUCH.AFTER HE GOT OUT OF THE ALL BLACK CLOTHES AND BIG WHITE HAT,HE SETTLED DOWN TO WHAT I LIKE.PLAIN AND SIMPLE.BUT HE HAD THAT LOOK WHEN HE GOT MAD THAT WAS A LOT LIKE MY DAD WHEN HE GOT MAD.THAT LOOK THAT MADE STEEL MELT.ROY DID NOT HAVE THAT AT LEAST ON SCREEN AND IM NOT SURE HE HAD THAT IN HIM.WHICH IN NO WAY TAKES ANYTHING FROM WATCHING HIM WITH BOB HOPE AND JANE RUSSEL IN SON OF PALE FACE,TO WATCHING HIM AND DALE WITH PAT BRADY, TRIGGER AND BULLET.MAYBE IT WAS THAT FEELING THAT ROY WAS MORE THAN ONE OF THE GOOD GUYS.AS I LOOK BACK NOW IT IS MORE THAT I WOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO LEAVE MY KIDS WITH HIM FOR A DAY OR A WEEK AND KNEW THAT THEY WERE SAFE AND WELL TREATED.I DO NOT SAY THAT LIGHTLY.I SPENT 13 YEARS WITH THE STATE OF INDIANA AS A PRISON GUARD.SKEPTICISM IS MY MIDDLE NAME.THERE ARE LOTS OF PEOPLE OUT HERE WALKING AROUND THAT I WOULD NOT LET WALK MY DOG.SO MAYBE YOU CAN UNDERSTAND WHERE I AM COMING FROM.I HOPE SO.I WOULD HAVE TRUSTED JOHN WAYNE WITH MY KIDS ALSO,HOWEVER I MIGHT OF HAD TO WORRY WHEN I GOT BACK THAT MY KIDS HAD LEARNED HOW TO SMOKE CIGARS AND DRINK WHISKEY.YOU AND DIAMOND DOT TAKE CARE AND BE CAREFUL.TRUST ME WHEN I TELL YOU THAT THERE ARE A LOT,I MEAN A LOT OF BAD PEOPLE OUT THERE.SO KEEP THAT PPPGUN HANDY AND MAYBE SOMEDAY I WILL BE LUCKY ENOUGH TO RIDE THE TRAIL WITH YOU.ALEX

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