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greetings---this is a story close to my heart--though it is a fantasy fiction--any photos i add--are really my paintings--otis english


Submitted:Jul 19, 2008    Reads: 83    Comments: 0    Likes: 0   


6/26/05 'LUNCH BOX'

AT IT AGAIN--OTIS IS DIGGING THROUGH ALL THOSE THINGS HE HAS SAVED DOWN THROUGH MANY YEARS--THINKING PERHAPS HE MIGHT NEED THEM SOMEDAY--BUT RARELY DOES----LATELY HE HAS FOUND A FEW THINGS OF MYSTERY AND SURPRISE AMONG THESE JUNK ITEMS--

THIS TIME AS HE CAREFULLY WALKS AROUND TO KEEP FROM STUMBLING ON SOMETHING--HE NOTICES A BLACK LUNCH BOX HANGING FROM THE CEILING JOIST--IT IS A TYPICAL ROUNDED TOP AND HANDLE--RUSTING A BIT NOW--NO DOUBT ONE OF THE SEVERAL LUNCH BOXES HE USED DURING HIS WORKING YEARS OF 35 YEARS AT OLIN CHEMICALS--

JUST FOR MEMORY SAKE-OTIS TOOK THE LUNCH BOX DOWN AND OF COURSE OPENED IT --THERE WAS A FOLDED PIECE OF PAPER INSIDE--OPENED IT AND IT READ--"JANUARY 22/1979 -"THIS NOTE WILL TELL YOU HOW TO FIND AN OLD -8-TRACK TAPE THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU"--THE NOTE SAID TO LOOK IN THE SMALL SHOP BY THE CARPORTE-GET A LADDER AND REACH UP BETWEEN THE SECOND AND THIRD CEILING JOIST OF THE CARPORTE--I DID THIS AND SURE ENOUGH I FOUND THE OLD 8-TRACK TAPE-

MY FIRST SON-IN-LAW HAD GIVEN ME A PORTABLE 8 TRACK PLAYER AT LEAST 20 YEARS AGO--I HAS REMAINED IN ONE PLACE EVER SINCE ON A SHELF IN THE LITTLE CARPORTE SHOP-I HAD PLAYED A TAPE ON IT ABOUT A YEAR AGO--KNOWING THE CHANCE OF THIS OLD 8 TRACK TAPE PLAYING IN THIS OLD PLAYER WAS VERY SLIM--I TRIED IT ANYWAY--WHAT A SURPRISE --IT WAS OUR DAUGHTER AND 2 SONS SPEAKING ABOUT THEIR LIVES--THERE HOME LIFE--THEIR SOCIAL LIFE--THEIR PARENTS--THEIR FUTURE ETC.--ONE SON IS NOW DECEASED SO THE VALUE OF THIS TAPE IS VERY GREAT--BECAUSE ALL 3 HAD GOOD WORDS TO SAY--

SOMEWHAT HARD TO BELIEVE--BUT IT SEEMS ALL THINGS ARE POSIBLE WHEN IT COMES TO THE VALUE AND SURPRISES OF 'JUNK'--BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU THROW AWAY--

BY OTIS ENGLISH





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