“I’m an adventurer, looking for treasure”

Today is another hot, sunny day. The slight breeze we had last night has hung around but doesn’t cool the air and only slightly stirs the leaves at the end of the branches. My air conditioner is off for a little while so I can air out the house. Both Cat1 and Henry are asleep. They are worn out from eating breakfast.

When I was a kid, I loved the freedom of summer. I had no set bedtime. Most meals were catch as catch can. My bicycle took me everywhere. I was an explorer.

I remember we found a hut in the woods. It was haphazardly made of wood. One wall was nailed into a tree, and the other walls were nailed into that one except for the front wall, the door. It had a curtain stretched across the entrance. We went inside and found magazines of naked women. We figured the hut belonged to a teenager who was hiding his girly magazines from his parents. We left them there. We didn’t tell our parents about our find in the woods. When we went back, the magazines were gone. I thought we had either been seen or had left some evidence of our visit. Over time, the hut fell apart.

Once we found comic books in the sand container by the railroad tracks, near the road the tracks crossed. The sand was used on the tracks when they were heavy with snow or ice. The comic books were tied together in two piles. They had a musty smell. I remember reading Little Lulu. I don’t remember any of the other comics. We took them with us. My mother made us put them in the cellar because of the smell.

I remember finding a fifty cent piece on the ground and a dime in the change slot of the telephone in a booth uptown. I thought them treasures of great measure.

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4 Comments on ““I’m an adventurer, looking for treasure””

  1. hedley Says:

    I simply loved comic books and comic art. Victor, Hotspur, Lion, The Eagle, TV21, Dandy, The Beano, the list went on and on. Holidays in Bognor Regis meant a new comic every day and often it coincided with the Summer double issue which carried two weeks.

    As time moved on and so did I and i became smitten with The Cloggies and The Fosdyke Saga by Bill Tidy. There were strip cartoons in the papers and compendium of his stories. In later years Bill and I became friends and his original art work adorns my home.

    I would be remiss if i didnt include Herge’s Tintin. On our visit to London last week we took the Prince to the Tintin Shop on Floral Street in Covent Garden. Extremely dangerous – he left with a copy of “Tintin in Tibet” and I left with a lovely model of Tintin and Snowy (Milou) on the moon

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I also collected comic books. I remember a few like Archie, Superman and Classic Comics. Those last ones led me to read the full books.

      You got me on to Tintin. I hadn’t heard of this comic until you mentioned it. I even bought a Tintin book. You turned me on and now The Prince is caught.

      I’m sure The Prince had the best time with you. Having the best tour guide makes for a very pleasant visit.

  2. olof1 Says:

    We had some light showers yesterday but mostly it was a really nice day here, even reached 68F.

    I did collect comic books as well. Tintin of course but also Gaston created by André Franquin. Gaston is a very lazy and not especially useful guy who works in the office of a publishing house. He is very inventive and therefore creates catastrophes every day 🙂 I don’t think it is especially well known in English speaking countries but it is hilarious. We were lucky here that someone loved these comics written in french and then translated them to Swedish (well allscaninavian languages).

    Yes one was rich after finding a coin on the ground 🙂 It was more fun thinking of all candy one could buy forit than actually buying it 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      Today we are supposed to get thunder storms. The sky is getting darker so the storm is coming.

      The comic books here were quite different from yours and Hedley’s. Marvel heroes were big in comics as were comic strips made into comic books.

      Books were 59¢ so most times that’s what I’d buy. I did like penny candy as it seemed I was getting so much of it.

      Have a wonderful evening!

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