That Magic Summer - The Meeting
 It was a different time and place.  It was a friendlier more gentle time where kids played outside throughout the neighborhood without the worry of bad strangers.  The place was called the suburbs and none of us knew that the suburbs were a new place to live although it was a new place for all of us. 

It was my first summer in Ruskin Heights and it was a magical time.  I was no longer cramped up in an apartment.  There was all the room in the world to explore and play.

 None of us kids wore shoes during the summer because it was officially barefoot time and we loved it. Everyone had a transistor radio so music filled the air no matter were one was.  Songs like: Be-Bop-A-Lula, Hot Diggity, In the Still of the Nite, Let the Good Times Roll, Love Me Tender, See You Later, Alligator, Mr. Sandman, Shake Rattle and Roll, Rock Around The Clock, Heartbreak Hotel, Blueberry Hill, Honeycomb.Tutti Fruitti and Why Do Fools Fall in Love?  filled the air.  

We didn't play video games all day long we played with frisbees, hula hoops, yo-yos, Mr. Potato Head, slinkies and we all had Schwinn bicycles and we always riding our bicycles around the neighborhood!

In the suburbs houses were completed every two weeks or so and that meant a new family would move end.  Most of the families had young children that needed to be assimilated into the neighborhood.  Most of the children were nice but there were some bullies as well.

Kids played outside all day and at night we watch black and white television shows like: The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, I Love Lucy, Leave It To Beaver, The Lone Ranger, Bozo The Clown, Hopalong Cassidy, Kukla, Fran and Ollie, The Roy Rogers Show, Superman, The Cisco Kid, Death Valley Days, Soupy Sales, Disneyland, Gunsmoke, Cheyenne, Maverick, Have Gun Will Travel, Wagon Train, Bat Masterson, Sugarfoot, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, Maverick, Have Gun Will Travel and Rawhide.  None of the these shows were mean natured they were happy programs that usually had a good moral to learn and they always a good ending.

Bobby was my first "best friend."  His family lived a few blocks from me.  I still remember the day I first met Bobby.  Moving trucks were common in my neighborhood and I saw one being unloaded so I decided to sit on the curb a few houses away and see what the new people looked like and did they have a son near my age.  To my delight, I saw a boy that was about my age helping his family bring in their belongings from the truck.  Our eyes met and he confidently walked over to were I was sitting and said  “My name is Bobby, Bobby Smith” and he reached out his hand and we shook.  I was a little taken back by his boldness.  It wasn’t very long before we were inseparable.  We explored the world together that summer.

















 










 




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It was a different time and place.  It was a friendlier more gentle time where kids played outside throughout the neighborhood without the worry of bad strangers.  The place was called the suburbs and none of us knew that the suburbs were a new place to live although it was a new place for all of us.
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