not so very long after i was born- we moved to 2604 summer, but i was too young to be much help with the move–probably 1 year old–for some reason my memory fails me on that. we lived next door to the harrisons*. he was the fire chief and a tough looking guy while she was an attractive dark haired lady with flashing black eyes and a kindly personality to go with an attractive smile.
they had two kids-“lee p”, as we called him, and bonnie. lee was my age and the first playmate i remember. he was bigger than i was and always went around with the back flap on his drawers open and his rear end shining. i can remember being embarrassed for him even at that young age.
lee p was bigger than i was and often sent me home crying from childish skirmishes. finally mother talked to mrs h and she told m that i was going to have to fight back–which i had always been taught not to do. so, i’m told i “cleaned his plow” one day and that wound up the skirmishes.
i remember the harrisons* had a pony and shirley rode it occasionally. one day it ran away with her and scraped her off under a low hanging gate. so much for “annie oakley”!
lee & i periodically partook in the childhood nutrition supplement–dirt. the fact that it tasted bad didn’t dawn on us until our parents pointed it out.
Annie Oakley photo courtesy of Roland Bonaparte (Cowan’s Auctions) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons