Uncle Eddie came home from Vietnam the Spring that I was ten. It was 1970. My mother had just married his oldest brother. I immediately took to Uncle Eddie, and became his sidekick. He was 21, and he knew how to have fun!
Uncle Eddie learned I was born and raised in Chicago for most of my ten years. He proceeded to teach me the fine art of country living. I helped him build a new bedroom for himself onto his family’s home. Then we built rabbit coops so I could have pet rabbits.
Uncle Eddie then hung a tire swing for me. He said I had to have one, so we chose the tree. Then he climbed it, and adjusted the distance and height of the rope for the maximum fun benefit. It was nothing like the park swings in Chicago. I was amazed at the twisting and turning, and the total freedom of it! It was the best swing ever!
That Summer, I also learned to drive a dirt bike, even though I wiped out into a fire ant hill! I got the hang of it, with Uncle Eddie’s help. He also let me drive his brand his new 1969 Olds Cutlass down the winding dirt road. We did a lot of fun and amazing things that Summer! We stayed close as long as I lived in Texas.
That tire swing hung there in that old tree for as long as I lived there in Texas. When we moved away from the family property, I missed the swing. Every time we visited, I would go out back and use the tire swing. It always brought back a special sense of freedom and pure joy.
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