My summer of '47
began as only a happy 5 year old girl could
hope for. Having a new Mommy and my folks buying
old house to live in was an adventure to me.
I was excited and sad at the same time because I
had been living
with my Paternal Grandparents and Uncle while my
serving his country. I didn't like leaving all
that was familiar to me.
I learned to love our new home and the kids in
were wonderful playmates, but being a
sentimental child even at
five years of age...I missed seeing my
Grandparents and Uncle Harry.
There was an old steam train complete with "cow
catcher" on the
front of it's engine that made a run every day
at the edge of our
little town and returned later that evening. It
ran on a narrow
or single gauge railroad track and the name of
that train was
"Old Broad Top."
My Mom and I would walk about one mile to a
clearing in order
to board the train. We could hear the sharp
whistle of the
approaching train and see the white steam coming
smoke stack. My Mom would wave a piece of white
we heard the familiar sound of breaks being
This meant we were seen and the train would stop
passengers wanting to board. As the train made
clickety-clack sound I sat on my knees and
at the scenery passing by the window.
The train track ran close to the back yard of my
home and as we approached, I noticed my Uncle
Harry was in
Suddenly, with all the GUSTO and shrillness of a
five year old,
I let out a scream of, " HI UNCLE HARRY, IT'S ME
to say, he couldn't hear but everyone on that
train fell silent for
a second and then realizing what had taken
place, there was a
train filled with gentle laughter from fellow
passengers and an
embarrassed and apologetic Mom with her hand
over my mouth.
I was heart broken that my beloved Uncle didn't
see or hear me
but as we dis-embarked at the little train
station, the conductor
handed me a candy bar, winked at me and tousled
Immediately my world became happy once again.
I am grateful to have lived in a slower paced
time with a whole
summer of adventures awaiting me.
Ann Marie Fisher
February 16, 2008