Subject: The Old Flag by Jeff Laferriere wrriten 1983 and read on the Blue-grass Radio by Billy Bluegrass
I was walking into an old general store when I spotted a worn American flag on the wall... It's ends were tattered and frayed...the stripes were faded. It had forty-eight stars on a whitened field of blue. I went into the store and I continued shopping inside the store and made my choices, then...after I set my purchase down, I spoke to the old man. "isn't it time to get a new flag, sir?" I asked The old man stood there silently and there was no change in his expression...then finally-he spoke: "Son..." he replied, "ME and my buddies PLAYED under THAT flag! "Later," he continued, "...we JOINED the Army to FIGHT under that flag...some of us DIED for it!" "Yes," he concluded, "We FAUGHT AND DIED for it so that an American child could play SAFELY while BELIEVING that ANYTHING can be done without being oppressed...The same rights YOUR youngsters enjoy today!" "Son..." he finished, "I would not replace THAT flag for all the gold...IN THE WORLD! As I turned to leave, I thought about his words and when I went outside, I SALUTED that old flag!
FOR ALL THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVED FATHFULLY WITH ME...THANKS!! pjl
MelissaMarie: Clyde gets his bottle back from the man who ran off with it, him and his son made lots of money selling it the very next day, enough for them to move on , then they drove off and everybody went on about their life. The End. ;-)
Hmm, that Clyde sure is acting strangely. Wonder where he was off to in such a hurry... and wonder why he was asking about Henry, and why is Henry taking swigs out of bottles. Well, I better get what I came for. Hope this rain stops soon."
MelissaMarie: " Err um yes yes of course!" Said Clyde sounding very flustered. " You sure?" "Yes oh yes its very nice here! Oh! Did you see that man that took a squig out one of the bottles yesterday? Do you know them?" "Of course" l said "Everyone does! Not reknown for being tactful round here. Why? What's up?" "Oh no reason. Well l must get on!" And then Clyde ran towards the van.
Mousetrap: "Ok dad, I'm on it!" (Meanwhile) I got caught in the rain and ran for cover, then noticed Clyde coming out of the b&b in a panic. " Hi Clyde," I said. "Are you enjoying your stay here? You seem worried. Everything ok?"
ketchuplover: "We may as well go back to the b and b and try to get some rest for a few hours" When they got back to the b and b Tony looked at the opened bottle, smelt it, looked closer then said " Here! Dad! I think this bottles been doctored!" "What?" Said Clyde and grabbed the bottle. "We best check the others!" " Your right!" " Now we have to find him and we need to find out what's in these bottles. Set the lab equipment up now"
Everyone ran for cover. Including the man with the bottle. "Stop him!" Shouted Clyde. But the man had dissapeard. "Too late Dad!" "Get in the van!" Shouted Tony above the torrential rain. They both got in the van and sat there waiting for the rain to stop. 'Well! That went well!" Said Tony. "What happens now?"
Mousetrap: one of them quickly took a swig of one bottle before Clyde snatched it out of his hands. "What!? What is this?? What are you selling here?!" said the man that drank the "syrup " Just then, the sky darkened, a bolt of lightning struck, and it started raining down hard...
MelissaMarie: They weren't having much luck. People were just walking past ignoring their Cry's of ' One bottle cures all! Get it here half price! Once its gone its gone!' ' You be gone!' Shouted one bystander. 'Yea! Clear off!' Shouted another. Soon quiet a crowd began to form around the two of them. And some of them started pushing and shoving. 'Let's see what's in these bottles! Said another snatching the bottle out of Tony's hand. 'Oi!' Shouted Clyde. 'Don't do that! Give it ere!'
Mousetrap: nice to meet you Clyde and Tony. Yes, there is a bed and breakfast just three blocks from here. Very reasonable prices. I'm sure you will like it there."Oh yes,"said Clyde. "I am most positive that we will enjoy our stay here. We will be trying to earn some extra money while we are here. We have a "syrup" that cures just about anything. We sell it at a very cheap price."
MelissaMarie: Can you recommend somewhere for us to stay? Oh! This is my son Tony by the way. We have been sleeping in the van but we would like to get a bath with hot water and sleep in a comfortable bed. Not too expensive of course!
Standing outside the 5 and Dime Store downtown, watching all the townspeople going about their daily routine of shopping, walking, and hanging out with friends. Facing the road, I turn slightly to the left just in time to see an aged van I've never seen before. It pulled up to a parking spot on the side of the road. Two men got out.. one older guy and a young guy. Father & son maybe? Hmm, don't know yet. I greeted them and asked if they were just passing through. The older guy greeted me and said, "yes, we are just passing through, but we will be here for a week. My name is Clyde, he said." .............
MelissaMarie: some left the site for a while, then came back a bit more mature. . Others stayed on and just played their games, not flaming much anymore. One person disappeared for a while and changed their whole life around. The old crew sure has been missed...