REMEMBERING THOSE SUMMER DAYS OF CHILDHOOD FREEDOM

MAYBE IT IS THE APPROACH OF SPRING HERE IN ST GEORGE, UT, OR MAYBE JUST SOME FOND MEMORIES THAT CREEP INTO ONE’S THOUGHTS SOMETIME, BUT TODAY I SEEM TO BE REMEMBERING THOSE CAREFREE DAYS OF SUMMER AS A BOY OF 10 LIVING IN LANDER. PERHAPS IT IS A LONGING FOR SOME OF THE FEELING OF FREEDOM TO JUST BE A BOY EXPERIENCING SOMETHING NEW EVERYDAY.  FOR WHATEVER REASON MY THOUGHTS RETURNED TO MEMORIES OF RIDING A BIKE UP TOWARDS THE HIGH MOUNTAINS WITH MY 12 YEAR OLD FRIEND AND HIS DOG TO SPEND THE DAY EXPLORING THE CREEKS AND MEADOWS AND FISHING FOR THE BROWN TROUT THAT WERE HIDING UNDER THE BANKS OF HORNECKER CREEK. WE WERE FREE TO FOLLOW THE CREEK AS IT FLOWED TO THE RIVER AND FREE TO EXPLORE WHEREVER WE WISHED. EVEN THOUGH WWII WAS RAGING IT SEEMED FAR AWAY TO US. PERHAPS MORE REAL TO MY FRIEND WHOSE FATHER WAS SERVING IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC. 

THIS FEELING OF LONGING FOR THE FREEDOM OF THOSE DAYS PROMPTED ME TO WRITE THE STORY OF OUR ADVENTURES AND THOSE OF MY FRIEND’S DOG, WHO WAS NOWHERE TO BE FOUND ONE LATE AFTERNOON WHEN WE DECIDED IT WAS TIME TO RETURN DOWN THE DUSTY ROAD BACK TO TOWN AND OUR HOMES. I WROTE THE STORY OF THE BOY’S AND THE DOG’S ADVENTURES SOME TIME AGO AND CALLED IT “TWO BOYS AND A DOG”.  A PHOTO OF THE POPO AGIE RIVER TAKEN BY MY COUSIN MALCOLM BOORAM (SADLY NOW PASSED AWAY) IS ON THE COVER TO ILLUSTRATE THE BEAUTIFUL SCENERY WE HAD THE PRIVILEGE  OF VIRTUALLY LIVING IN DURING THOSE SUMMER DAYS. I WILL ALWAYS CHERISH THOSE DAYS AND THE LESSONS LEARNED, RELIANCE, PERSEVERANCE, APPRECIATION FOR THE LAND, THE STREAMS AND FOR THE WILDLIFE OF THE AREA.  PERHAPS YOU WOULD ENJOY READING ABOUT WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO BE A BOY IN THOSE DAYS, A TIME WHEN THE COUNTRY WAS STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE A TERRIBLE WAR, RATIONING AND MANY OTHER SACRIFICES, INCLUDING THE LOSS OF THEIR LOVED ONESTwo boys collage. WE WERE CLEARLY PRIVILEGED TO HAVE THE FREEDOM TO ENJOY OUR BOYHOOD. I WILL ALWAYS BE THANKFUL FOR THOSE TIMES AND FOR THE LESSONS LEARNED WHILE JUST BEING A BOY.

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