REFLECTIONS…. THE YOUNG
Drug Store was at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Fessident
Street N.W. This was our meeting place. Our
gang would meet and hang out in front of Van-Sants. It's
a wonder that Dr. Van- Sant didn't chase us away, but he
Lois, my very best friend, and I
would always be in our "uniforms". This was what we put
on every day after school. The original Levis
that were sold for men and boys only in those days. They
were very dark and very stiff. When they were new, we
would wash them in salt water to try and soften them.
Remember there was no fabric softener then. We had a
wringer washing machine in our kitchen, and I would put in a
whole box of Morton's salt along with the soap. I would
run the machine for a very long time, and the water would be a
very dark blue. I think I rinsed them about 5 times,
then hung them out side on the line to dry. We didn't
have a clothes dryer. I don't think any one did back
Anyway, these were a very important
part of our "uniform". To this we added a short sleeve
blouse. Girls didn't wear tee shirts then. Next we
decided to add a mans white shirt over the short sleeve
one. I took one from my brother. He wasn't happy
about that, as I took one of his new button down collar
Lois and I purchased wide black
leather belts at Stratons Variety Store. A funny little
store which sold a little of everything. It was owned
and operated by an old lady named Mrs. Straton. At that
time she seemed very old and was a few doors up Wisconsin
Avenue from Van- Sants.
To this uniform we added the
famous penny loafers made by "Weejuns" in which we always put
in shinny dimes.
One day Lois and I decided to have our
long sleeve men's shirt autographed by everyone. Then
we embroidered the signatures. Wow, did I get in
trouble with my Grandmother for that. My Cousin Johnny
put his signature on the shirttail and my Grandmother said it
wasn't nice. She said people would think that was his
place, the shirttail hit me right in the
Grandmother Eva was very Victorian
in her thinking, but she was a wonderful woman, and I loved
her dearly. She died in 1954 and I missed her so very
much, I miss her still.
This was our uniform for a few
years. As we got older we ditched the men's shirts and
added leather jackets.
Lois had a big crush on Leonard.
Nicknamed "The King". Leonard was the oldest and he was
our "leader". He was 18 and Paul's older brother.
Of course at this time I didn't know Paul, just Leonard.
It wasn't until late in that summer of 1946 that I met Paul,
and my life was forever changed.
I am not sure when Paul joined our
little gang at the drug store, but I think it was mid
August. We looked at each other but didn't talk for
several weeks. It was in early September that he asked
me if he could walk me home. After that, he would
walk me home every day, and after about two weeks he kissed me
on the front walk of my house. It was this first kiss
that forever sealed our Love.
I love your Paulie, I miss you so!
The Hubbard house, a kind of fast food diner, on Wisconsin
Avenue near Western Avenue, was another of our hang
outs. We would go there to have something to eat.
Maybe a hamburger, French fries and their famous chocolate
icebox pie. All this for only 25 cents. We would
sit there and eat and listen to the juke box. We could
play the juke box for 5 cents in those days.
Ted Weems "Heartaches" was a top
song at the time. Another song, was "I Love You For
Sentimental Reasons". It is this song that became "OUR"
song. How well it fit you my love. The haunting
words will be with me always.
I love you for sentimental
I hope you do believe me
I'll give you my heart
I love you and you alone were meant for
Please give your loving heart to
and say we'll never part
I think of you every
Dream of you every night
Darling I am never lonely
Whenever you are in sight
I love you for sentimental
I hope you do believe me
I've given you my
"I LOVE YOU AND YOU ALONE WERE MEANT
Sometimes I remember the happy times when we were
so young. The silly things we said and did. How
could we know then what was in store for us.
I remember one night when we
were running in Spring Valley near Carl's house. There
were several of us, but you and I were behind the
others. I started to run and I was running away from
you. A lady who was riding in a car called out to me and
asked if I was alright or if I need help. She asked me
if I was running away from you. About that time you
caught up with me and I put my arms around you and kissed you
in the middle of the street. I never answered that
lady. How young and silly we were.
Just another memory of
our time together Paulie
how every night in that first fall after we met, you would
wait on the corner of 45th & Garrison St. for me to come
and meet you, always at 7 PM
Hand in hand we would walk to Fort
Bired Park in the crisp fall night with that smell in the air
that only fall has.... The dry leaves would crunch under
our feet as we climbed the small hill that would take us to
the spot that we made ours under the fifth pine tree from the
corner of River Road and Western Avenue.
There we would sit and you would
hold me close. We would kiss and talk and never feel the
cold ground we sat upon.... How innocent and pure our
So young we were my love.... So
young yet so in love.... A love that would transcend time, and
death, did we know even then? I
There we would sit under
the same tree night after night... All the
rest of that first year until it was just too cold... When
spring came, again we would walk to the park and our special
tree... If I could but walk there with you just one more
time...... And feel you arms around me, your kiss upon my
lips, I miss you so my precious
I remember the day we went to Carl Deliquest's
house in Spring Valley. His Daddy was a General
stationed at the Pentagon, and he was another member of our
gang. He was called "Sweed". Anyway, Leonard,
Carl, Bill, you and I were there. Carl opened his
Daddy's liquor cabinet and gave us a drink. Several
drinks really. Boy did I get tipsy. I had never
tasted liquor before. Really, I know I was given only a
little bit, not much at all. It didn't take
You had to help me up the steps and
I had to lay down on one of the beds. You were with me,
you held me close and kissed me until I fell asleep. I
awoke not to long after and I was feeling fine.
We all left Carl's house and went
to the Peoples Drug Store at 49th and Mass. Ave. I had a
glass of tomato juice and you had a coke.
Next, you and I went to your house
and visited with your Mom and Dad.
My memories of you, and the
unselfish love you gave me are a precious treasure to
I love you
remember a trip we made to Chesapeake
One summer day you, Nancy and I
..... I guess she was 15 at the time... You had that little
yellow Ford convertible that you loved so much. I really
think it was always your favorite. You were teaching me
to drive and I was behind the wheel. I think I was going
much too fast and when the car in front of us stopped, I did
not stop fast enough, and I ran into the back of a brand new
Oh my, you thought you were in big
trouble because I didn't even have a learners permit. I
was trying to get out from under the wheel so you could take
my place. Then the men in the other car came back to us
and said "Never mind, don't worry about it." Even though
their car was damaged we always wondered if it was a stolen
car or what. We were so lucky about that.... Oh..
but your poor little care was a mess. I had really done
a job on it. The Radiator had a leak and the right side
was all bent up. A real mess. You never told your
Dad that I did it. You took the blame. You were
still under your Dad's insurance. I don't think he was
fooled because he knew you were such an excellent
It cost seventeen hundred dollars
to repair. That was a lot of money, your insurance went
up because of it, and you never even fussed with me. You
were always so sweet and I loved you so much
Paulie, so very much
I am remembering the trip we made
to Connecticut to your friends wedding. He was your
buddy from the Marines. His name was Ray. He
married a girl named Wanda. For the life of me I can't
think of his last name. They live in New London,
Conn. Well anyway, we drove up in the yellow Ford
convertible. The one you love and we decided that we
would not say any four letter words on the whole trip..
You hung a little container from
the rear view mirror and we said which ever one of us said a
four-letter word we would have to put a nickel in the
container. I filled it up on the trip up and you of course
didn't even say one four-letter word. So you didn't need
to put in any nickels.
Oh Paul... you had such will
power. It was a wonderful trip. We had such
fun. I believe this friend was one of your pall
bearers. Oh God.... Paul, I cant stand to think about
it. I miss you so much. Why aren't we
I love you so very
we went to my brother's apartment right after you picked me up
He wanted to
take a picture of me. I had picked up our sheets from
the laundry and they were in the car, your little yellow
convertible. You had installed an alarm system which you
had invented. The lights would come on and the horn
would blow and the hood would come up and down if anyone tried
to steal it. You were so clever my
There was a
switch in the glove box to turn it on. That night for
some reason you did not turn it on and when we left my
brother's your car had been stolen. We were so
So you bought
the two tone blue Cadillac sedan. The car that you would
die in. Oh my love, after your death I could not stand
to see a Cadillac or even say the word....
found your convertible in North Carolina after you had
been killed. It had been stolen by a man and his son who
were stealing cars and taking them down south to sell.
So sad for your Mom and Dad when the police came and told them
your car had been found and so sad for me when she told
I miss you so much
Remember the first Thanksgiving
when I cooked my first turkey. We were at my bothers
apartment on Orange Street S.E. He and Louise were
working. He was the manager of the Howard Johnson's at
3200 Pennsylvania Avenue S.E. Louise was a waitress
there. I cooked my first turkey for the four of
us. I don't remember what you said about it, but I am
sure you said it was delicious. Walter said it was not
too bad for my first turkey.. We all four ate it and I
believe we did enjoy it.
I have so many
memories of you my love and of our times together. I
miss you so much.....
Do you remember the night when we
went downtown to some bar or club and I had on a brown and tan
dress which you loved. I had borrowed Grace's
pearls. The real ones Dick brought back from China
in 1943. These were real pearls. A 3 strand
Well when I got
home and went to undress I found the necklace was
missing. I was so scared and I called you. You
came back over and drove me downtown and we asked in the club,
but the pearls had not been found. I went back home and
was about to wake up cousin Grace and tell her I had lost her
pearls, but as I undressed I found them inside the dress....
Oh Paulie, I remember so
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- We love you Lois (Jerri) -
Gone but never forgotten!