Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Brothers

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1940’s Phoenix…a hot afternoon walk home…

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…a young boy, happy to be done with classes for the day—thinking of the delicious afterschool snack that will be waiting for him in the kitchen when he gets home…

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Just before he gets to his house, he sees them--a few neighborhood bullies--standing between him and home…

Knowing he doesn’t have far to run—and perhaps feeling a little bit braver that day—he taunts the bullies…just a little bit…thinking he might just be a little bit faster than them today…

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He runs—and they run—faster and faster…

…as he gets near the front yard gate, they’ve gained on him…”I’m a goner!”, he thinks to himself as he reaches his hand for the latch on the gate…

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Seemingly out of nowhere, his  big brother appears—opens the gate to let him through—then stands there in the gate opening…arms crossed…daring those bullies to get past him to his little brother…

…they didn’t dare.

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My father has told me this story many times, and I never tire of hearing it…especially when accompanied by the little boy twinkle in his eye as he remembers… and thinks of his big brother that saved his skin that day…

Ruby Lapriel Riggs Smith, and her two boys, Grant & Clayn {I love this photo of my father with his big brother, Grant and beautiful mother, LaPriel…}

A new page made this weekend for my heritage album...

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I love these  new papers and images from Vintage Street Market…they make it so easy to re-create a little boy’s long-ago memory…

Clayn & Grant portrait, 1948

See you soon with something new…

Julie

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