Mr and Mrs. Hanes lived next door to us. They shared a tall hedge border and had a canal dock, like all of the neighbors on the street. Curiously they did not have a boat, which seemed odd to me. Mr Hanes liked to fish on his canal dock. He had a bait trap hanging off the dock. Our mom cat was his daily visitor. She’d patiently wait for Mr. Hanes to select a fat killie for her to take back to her kittens.
Mrs. Hanes came over with little cakes and had tea with my mom on sunny afternoons. She would bring her grandson, John Henry, over to play with our tribe. John Henry wore shorts, knee socks, shiny shoes and a clean and neatly pressed shirt. His hair was combed and jelled in place. He looked like he should be in church rather than play with the wild bunch. I don’t remember him climbing the apple tree or running through the yard playing tag. He never got a scraped knee or dirty.
My theme for the 2022 AtoZ Blog Challenge is titled Grand Prompts To Ask Your Grands. Each day in April I will present a conversation starter/journal prompt to ask your parents, grandparents, aunts, older neighbors, co-workers, yourself…you get the idea. The questions are meant to forge connections between and within generations and inspire storytelling and journaling.
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