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Summer Matinee

I was only allowed to go
       (after whining, begging, and promises of unlikely saint-hood)
if my big brother, (much to his displeasure)
made a pledge
to keep an eye on me

Disgruntled, but resigned, he took me along.
He managed to keep, at least,  one eye on me, (however, sitting two rows behind me)
in the dim-dungeon of the Tower theater 
on Atlantic Boulevard,
at the Saturday matinee...

There, happily, and rather smugly,..I would eat popcorn by myself...
which was his apparent bribe,
for my promise to keep our Mother from knowing
my isolation.

As the movie unfolded,
(some Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis thing)
my brother, and his assorted, creepy friends
got great amusement
from throwing kernels of their own buttered bullets,
bouncing them off of the back of my head.
I would turn around to glare at them,
with blood-curdling, "I'm going to tell!", threat in my eyes..
which, of course brought even more sadistic satisfaction, 
to four ape-like, teen aged primates..

After three or four long hours in the dark, air conditioned bedlam...
(a sticky floored collisium for juvenile delinquents),   
we were saturated with multiple cartoons, and double features, sugar and soda,... 
then, emerged with squinty eyes into the sweltering, afternoon sunlight

My brother and his friends, would still be punching each other,
 laughing hysterically at private and quite disgusting jokes
(which I didn't understand, but somehow KNEW, were deplorable)...
  taunting me with, "Cover your ears...Squirt!"

At that moment, all boys,...even my brother, (who was always my hero)...  
                 were as icky as wads of gum stuck under the theater seats !

When the obnoxious, poor excuses for the male sex, had finally parted ways,...
 and as soon as he knew they were out of sight,...
   My brother patted my head, and smiled at me,...
    he reached into his pocket, and handed me
      a piece of Black Jack gum,
       then grabbed my hand,
        and we walked the eight blocks to our home.

Later, after supper, as the summer sun was going down,...
he took me for a ride, letting me sit on the handlebars of his bike
We sped around the block, ..I turned to look back at him and smiled...
                                                         He winked, and grinned back at me...
Then, he said, "Next week they are showing "The Blob".  Ya' wanna come?" 

 The sunset sky was pink, yellow and red,    pretty as a lollipop...

     It had been a good , ...actually a perfect, ...summer day......

Copyright © | Year Posted 2009

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Date: 5/4/2012 5:53:00 AM
Congratulations on your win in Frank's "A Summer Memory"contest Carrie. Love, Carol
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Date: 5/1/2012 9:03:00 AM
Great choice Carry! Already in my fav's there is more to my Maine tales too but they are scattered perhaps you and I should pull togther our writes which are really more short stories and work on them? Congrad's Always..Light & Love to my eternal #1
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Date: 5/1/2012 4:38:00 AM
This was so entertaining and a walk down memory lane for me, as I have a brother 7 years my senior. I thought this was splendid and see why you won top honors Carrie. Congratulations!
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Date: 4/30/2012 11:39:00 AM
What a lovely poem of sibling love and friendship and annoyance. Very nice. Congratulations on your win. Love, Joyce
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Date: 4/30/2012 2:56:00 AM
my hands are tied...a generic sweet cheers to you for a great win... :) huggs and love!
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Date: 4/30/2012 12:03:00 AM
The best writes are those about our memories growing up..Outstanding story and a poet filled with love! Congrats, Carrie!! Gwendolen
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Date: 4/29/2012 9:40:00 PM
many congrats on your first place win with this heartwarming memory Carrie
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Date: 4/29/2012 8:09:00 PM
congrats Carrie!! on the top honours in the contest great one here...~sashi
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Date: 4/29/2012 9:11:00 AM
ooooh, Carrie! This was such a well deserved win!! Congratulations! My heart welled up so full! what a wonderful write! so Well Done!! big hugs,love~deb
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Date: 4/29/2012 5:06:00 AM
Hi congrats on your win, sorry this is a cut and paste congrats, I am on my hols with limited connectHi ionXX
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Date: 6/24/2010 5:47:00 AM
Congratulations Carrie on your win in Deborah Guzzi's contest "Making Lemonade". Love, Carol
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Date: 6/18/2010 1:17:00 PM
I guess you never did tell...Congrats on your win in the contest! Dan C
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Date: 6/18/2010 11:13:00 AM
Oh, my, this was just wonderful. Such awesome description of a teenage brother and his jerk friends. LOVE IT. Congratulations. Andrea
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Date: 6/16/2010 10:01:00 PM
Congrats Carrie on your winning poem in Debbie's contest.. a wonderful story .. enjoy your win.. with luv..Linda-Marie..
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Date: 6/15/2010 5:05:00 PM
Absolutely loved it BUT you don't explain how this is making lemonade from need to add another small bit with the explaination of why you think this is an example of lemons to lemonade dear one. I'm 7 & fav'ing it!
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Date: 8/5/2009 10:42:00 AM
so GREAT a memory #1 for me ;) You GO girl! Light & Love and please add to my blog???
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Date: 8/4/2009 10:58:00 PM
Congratulations, Carrie, for your placement in Nathan's sibling rivalry poetry contest. Very nice story- Love, Dane
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Date: 8/4/2009 3:22:00 PM
Oh, I envy you ... WOW what I'd give for a brother ... smile ... Your story is just wonderful, Carrie ... congratulations on your win in Nathan's contest!
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Date: 8/4/2009 8:55:00 AM
Carrie, i just love this..indeed it was a good day. congrats on your win. Barbara
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Date: 8/4/2009 8:44:00 AM
Congrats on your success in Nathan's contest.Carrie rgds Brian
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Date: 8/4/2009 7:50:00 AM
SThis is a sweet picture. Congratulations on your win. Joyce
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Date: 8/4/2009 3:17:00 AM
Congratulations for your win in Nathan's contest Carrie . Love, Carol
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Date: 8/4/2009 2:22:00 AM
Congratulations on 5th place in my contest! Nate.
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Date: 7/9/2009 5:09:00 PM
This was sweet. I was the oldest of 5 boys. A sister would have been spoiled (and tormented). Thode memories are so precious. Vince
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Date: 6/30/2009 12:20:00 PM
thanks for supporting my contest. Nate
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