Freddy, A Real Friend…!

Is like it was yesterday. Freddy showed up into our lives for a purpose…  JULY 20, 1969… I’m watching TV with my younger brother and we hear this Neil Armstrong phrasing up his famous words: “That’s one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.” We were on our summer break from grammar school. and people all around us talked about Vietnam and that concert at Woodstock NY; or those Star trek reruns and the World of Disney. The next day, a new family moved into our neighborhood. They brought with them their only son, who was nine years old. My brother was almost five and I was already six going into seven. His name was Freddy, and he almost instantly, at that very first day approached us candidly. I was playing baseball with other 2 kids my age, but Freddy had a little problem: he barely could walk. He had what we could call a bout of polio. He had to walk carefully by holding his arms and hands against the walls. Remember it was 1969. He had developed a certain stage of Polio and, we kids our age back then, didn’t even know what this ‘polio’ thing meant for us….and of course for him. Nine Months Later… Freddy, A Real Friend…!

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