BACK IN TIME
Edited with additional text
Cover Photo Ė Downtown Humboldt
†Diane F. Wright
Byron Printing††† Alcoa, TN
Jeanne Jones Little
Twice an Angel,
And Forever Young.
††††††††††† For those of you who read this and are not familiar with Humboldt, I fear you may get bogged down in the details of street names, locations of certain homes, and other trivial items that are no doubt of more interest to local folks. I apologize in advance for that, but, you see, I wanted this to be so specific and in such detail that those from Humboldt will know exactly where each passage takes place. Besides, I actually wrote this for an audience of one: my son, Jeremiah. I see the rest of you folks as friends who are just reading over his shoulder.††††††
I first came up with the idea of sending Jeremiah back in time during a trip home when mom was released from the Humboldt hospital following re-hab after hip surgery in the summer of 1994. Personally, I always wanted to take the time travel trip myself, but I wasnít sure I could go back to the time when I was a young boy and visit with myself, because of the theory that says that a person canít be in two places at the same time.
††††††††††† So, it is Jeremiah who gets to take the trip back to see what Humboldt was like in the early summer of 1961. Jeremiah, as I read over these pages Iíve written, it all springs to mind so easily Ė my dadís store, momís homecooking, the boyhood experiences of riding bikes and swinging on grapevines. But as you read these pages itíll probably read just like any other story or book youíve selected from a library shelf. Iím sorry I canít make it real for you, so you too can know the joys, and values, of growing up in the 1950s and early í60s.
††††††††††† But, alas, every young person has his own youth. Your days in Fort Smith and Tuscaloosa will no doubt be as treasured to you as my Humboldt memories are to me. But trust me, those days were especially golden back about 1961.
††††††††††† Itís like Mark Twain wrote in ďThe Story of the Old RamĒ, when the old timer Jim Blaine says, ďI donít reckon them times will ever come againÖĒ
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Happy Reading.
August 28, 1994
BACK IN TIME
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