"... ice cream on hot summer nights"

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I remember my baby boy. I remember feeding him and I remember his sweet little laugh every time I tickled under his chin. I miss reading him the funnies and showing him the colorful pictures afterwards.

I remember we used to listen to the radio as the wife washed dishes. My lap was a horsey and he would dutifully ride as "The Lone Ranger" trickled out of the Crosley.

"Hi-Ho, Silver!!" he'd laugh, and I would always pretend to be Tonto.

I remember East Coast weekends at Coney Island and the Jersey shore. My baby boy would build the biggest sand castle he could muster only to push me into it. He'd giggle as it crumbled and I would wipe sand from my trunks.

I remember getting him ice cream on hot summer nights. The two of us would share a large cone while the misses devoured a lemon ice. He'd skip a few paces in front, as the three of us walked home.

As I sit up in my wheelchair, I find an odd comfort that my baby boy is now the one who's feeding me. The wife has been long gone and these days there's not much left that's working inside of me. I can't say much but I can certainly hear my boy remind me of our life.

But then it gets fuzzy all over again.

"I'll be back tomorrow, pop..." is the last thing I hear every night.

I remember my baby boy...

- Charles Bukowski

12 responses

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes gave props (10 Sep 2011):

    Wonderful relatable image...brings back memories of an ice cream truck playing it's music through the streets and running after it.

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith   said (10 Sep 2011):

    Brings back memories of ball games, fairs, and other evening events.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (10 Sep 2011):

    cool candid shot.

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (10 Sep 2011):

    OMGoodness this is fantastic.... You stirred up so many memories for me. Thank you for shooting and posting this shot.......

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (11 Sep 2011):

    Very wonderful image, love the narrative, quite moving !

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (11 Sep 2011):

    You made me cry with this one! What a brilliant night shot, evoking so many memories!

  • misha otaared

    misha otaared gave props (13 Sep 2011):

    lovely nighttime image. and that is one of the sweetest bukowski pieces ever

  • Tip Crowley

    Tip Crowley gave props (14 Sep 2011):

    I love the lighting.

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley gave props (4 Mar 2012):

    Nostalgic and great in 'Community Service'.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (25 Jan 2014):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (30 Jan 2014):

    Wonderful, I voted!

  • Deborah Downes

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