“Beginnings” Bringing back memories of the years 1935-1948

Arnold Mann of Valencia. Courtesy photo

I was born at a quarter past three

Father’s name Nathan mother’s Sophie

Dad smoked all his life

And loved his dear wife

The acorn fell far from the tree


Some years later the steps tripped my mother

Ending my hopes for a brother

We moved to Fourteenth Street

Ocean sounds were a new treat

Shared a locker in The Baths with my father


There were uncles, aunts and cousins

The family was counted in dozens

Then in ’40 one morn

Sister Sandi was born

Few closets, no place to put clothes in


The move from Fourteenth to Twelfth

Was a definite sign of new wealth

The second bedroom was fine

Little sister took space that was mine

At least we were all in good health


There was Jerry, Hal, Bobbie and Paul

Our favorite game was Stick-ball

Sandy, Red, Don and Lenny

Marbles, Stoops, and Hit-The-Penny

The games stopped when mom gave a call


They came from Philly each summer

Sleeping eight was really a bummer

They liked Kosher deli

And our seven inch TV

Black and white was alright before color


And so it went for a dozen years

Beginnings filled with laughter and tears

There were very few material things

But we shared the fun that friendship brings

Looking back to a time without doubts or fears


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