My First Car

I got my first car right after I returned from the army in 1948.  New cars were limited right after WWII. There had been no new car production during the war, as factories were repurposed to support the effort. Cars were just getting back to production when I got back from Japan. And new cars…

The Little Boy in Me

I’ve been staying with my adult daughter and her husband for the last three months, while we’ve all be sheltering at home under the Coronavirus. The other day I asked her: “Was I a good father to you?” “Why are you asking me this again?” she asked. “Why do you still need reassurance about this?”…

Blue Jewelry Box

On My Mother’s Dresser

  Sometimes a writing prompt will take you in a different direction than you expected. My mother died when I was only three.  And I wasn’t allowed in my parent’s (my dad and stepmom) bedroom growing up. This prompt was the first in a series of writing prompts for a “Grandparents, Write Your Story” program…

Grandparents, Please Write Your Stories!

My granddaughter Jessica was the one who inspired me to write my stories. “What was life like when you were a boy, Grandpa Jerry?” she started asking me last year. “What were some favorite games you played with your friends? What did you spend your allowance on? What were your parents and grandparents like?” As…

My First Job: The Paper Route

  When you’re 13, which put me in 8th grade, you’re able to get a working permit. I’m guessing my mom went to the Alderman’s office to get it. That was the first step to getting my first job.   I saved up about $10 from my allowance to buy an old bike, to get…