My Grandfather, although he moved around a lot when he was a kid, grew
up fairly well. He has lived in California, Texas, Wisconsin and many others.
He traveled to many places because of his first career.
Grandpa was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. He lived there for the first
three months of his life. He then moved to Texas where he lived in the suburbs
of Dallas. He then moved to California and moved back to Texas to live with his
grandparents for times when his mother couldn't have him stay with her. His
mother married a man named John and they moved to New Mexico. There he lived on
a dude ranch his step-father was building, and he got to ride horses a lot. His
chores there were to strip trees to help build buildings, and he took care of
the horses. He later did chores around the house. He moved out of New Mexico
after John got killed by lightning. They lived in the poor part of the city.
The thing he remembers most about his mother is that she was a free spirit. His
dad left when he was three because he couldn't take care of any one, not even
himself. He recalled that John told lots of tall stories; something that
grandpa does often.
His first school was in California and it was a two room school house.
He had to walk home and there were water snakes in the gutters. One time when
he got home, his favorite toy, a refrigerator handle, was missing. Then he
noticed that the two trees that were in front of the house were gone. He called
the police. When the police got there, the baby-sitter was there and said the
owner had taken the trees out. When the police officer found out that a handle
was all that was missing, he gave my grandpa a lecture about only calling the
police in an emergency. He never found the handle. My grandpa liked chorus the
most, and he hated the rest of the classes. He remembers something Mr. Banks, a
math teacher, said to him. "Well Ronnie, it's just a little to little, and a
little to late." He is the most proud of graduating college after twenty years.
He regrets not having a teacher tell him about the importance of education.
When he was in middle school, he his favorite thing to do with his friends was
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