This is probably the earliest memory of my dad’s, except for a tiny memory of standing next to his father’s coffin at age 4 and being afraid of the priest.
I also adapted this memory for my novel, Chicken Charlie’s Year, though I did change his age in the book to ten years old.
This short account tells a lot about his mother and his relationship with her.
I hope you enjoyed this reading.
BTW: Mary Jane is an old-fashioned peanut butter- and molasses-flavored taffy-type candy. You can still buy this candy today. I’m not sure about Soldier candy. It might have been chocolates in the shape of soldiers.
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