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Confined to grandma’s house, Uncle George helps William make a break for it.

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The Inspiration for Kid came from a man I met only once, and even then only for a short while.

I heard stories about him; he rode freight trains, he loved amusement parks, roller coasters, and always carried a roll of Pep-O-Mint LifeSavers candy. He was my dad’s uncle and his name was George.

I was nine at the time I met him. He was living downtown in an old-folks home.

He would sneak out at night and head for San Francisco. Sometimes he would sleep on a park bench using only newspapers under his shirt to keep warm. To me he had the freedom to go places I could only sense existed on a cloudless day looking across the bay. I didn’t know what was out there, but I knew it was my future and he was living it right now.

One Saturday morning I overheard my dad talking on the phone to my grandmother. She told my father that Uncle George had gotten upset, ran off, and no one knew where he was.

My mother found him at the bottom of our hill sitting dazed on the curb. She instructed me to wait with him while she went to get my father. After a long uncomfortable silence, he reached in his coat pocket, pulled out the roll of Pep-O-Mint LifeSavers and offered me one. I said, “Thanks Uncle George.” Then he patted me on my head, and we talked for a moment. He knew he was at the end of his life but he didn’t know how to handle what was going to happen next. I wish I could have thought of something comforting to say to him, but I didn’t.

That afternoon, my family decided that it would be best to take Uncle George back to the old-folks home. I went along for the ride. As my mom and I walked him down a path to a brick building, a nun in wearing a heavily starched cornette came out to greet us. She took one look at Uncle George, shook her head, and said, “I believe in God, but I don’t believe in Uncle George.”

I always will.




Copyright © 2015 Ron Pereira

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