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sunny nostalgia

Sometimes I just want to jump into a memory.  I wish I could be there physically, in that time, feeling that moment all over again.  I wish I could just stay there for a bit, wrapping my existence into that short span of time.

The sun has come out today after a week of cloudy skies in Portland, and it is warming up to 80 degrees.  It reminded me of a summer in high school.

I had gone for a walk around Granger when I ran into Al Martinez who was outside in his yard.  Al was an older guy (in his later 20s, I think) and I knew him from church.  We started talking, probably about Star Trek-- he used to let me borrow his old Star Trek books.  I was there for some time, not really caring about the passage of time when Fr. Janer drove up.

Apparently, I had been gone for a couple hours and my Mom was wondering where I was.  She'd called the church thinking that maybe I had stopped to visit Father; it was not uncommon for me to do that.  I was often dropping in to help with things around the church.  Father would pay me a few bucks and I would save up my money for trips to the movies or to buy books in Yakima.

Father was laughing as he got out of the car and said, "Oh here you are!  Your ma is looking for you!  I told her you were probably just out on a toot!  And I was right!"

The three of us chatted a little longer before I finally decided to head home and let my mom know that I was fine.


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Jul. 14th, 2016 01:19 am (UTC)
a toot!? what is that?
Jul. 14th, 2016 07:51 am (UTC)

I asked him that. He made it sound like it was a trip (in this case, a walk) just for the sake of itself, for fun.

Years later, I would read that "toot" is an old slang term for a drinking binge. LOL

Jul. 14th, 2016 05:49 pm (UTC)
That's a really nice memory, thank you for taking us there!
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