"whoever touches us, teaches us....."

Saturday, January 12, 2008

27. That he tells me stories about his life

I love to listen to Larry tell a story. Especially if it is one about his own experiences. He is a good "one time when......" person. Sometimes his stories are just simple expressions of something he remembers from his childhood. Like something his Mom used to make for him to eat or something he and one of his brothers did. Its funny how you remember what you ate when you were a kid. I don't remember a whole lot about when I was really young, but I think I remember everything I ate. My favorite treat as a kid was a saltine cracker with a marshmallow on it, then you run it under the broiler til browned to your satisfaction. It works with stale mini-marshmallows if that's all you have (and you have been on a diet for 2 weeks).
Back to the topic......Some stories from his many years in the Navy. They are usually the more reckless things he did in life but he tells them without regret. Many of his stories are from his pre-divorce days, stories about living as part of a huge family. Over all, they are the stories of his life. They are the bits and pieces of who he is. When he shares them I feel like he is filling me in on what I have missed so far. I hope I don't miss anymore.

3 comments:

CS said...

Hmm, a saltine with marshmallow. I don't know about that. I'm not so much a sweet and salty combo person. I do like crackers with cheese melted on them, and most sweet things.

Phyllis S said...

They are the bits and pieces of who he is. When he shares them I feel like he is filling me in on what I have missed so far. I hope I don't miss anymore.

Poetry.

Jennifer said...

I'm with Phyllis and her sentiment above.

I also believe that sharing stories - good and bad - is such a strong way to bridge the present with the past.