My Dad left us when I was 12, so I had to go to work, since I was the oldest of the children. I’d sign my paycheck over to my Mom, so my 8 brothers and sisters would have food to eat.
I met my wife in junior high school. We got serious in the 11th grade and got married 2 years after high school.
Been married 39 years now. We have 9 kids of our own, 5 adopted kids, including 2 sets of twins, 27 grandkids and 2 great grand children.
So, now when I go fishing, I don’t clean the fish, ’cause the kids’d take ’em. I love my kids, but I want my fish for my wife and me to eat.
“I worked for a moving company in New York for 30 years, then worked for Burroughs Wellcome here in Durham and at American Tobacco and the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in security. Had to walk from one end of the park to the other checking locks and such.”
My ankle started hurting really bad, and when my wife said to take my shoe off, we found a big sore on my left foot. I had to start wearing a ‘Frankenstein’ boot, but the sore got worse and gangrene set in.