Friday, May 27, 2011

Memory Lane Friday - Family Legends

This week, our Memory Lane Friday topic is "Family Legends." Well, I decided to take a cue from Lisa over at Two Bears Farm, and use a bit of my grandfather's memoirs as this week's "Family Legends" entry.

My grandfather, Rafael, was known as "Rafa" to his family. (I called him "Sir Rafa," but that's another story.)

Anyway, Sir Rafa's younger brother is Fidel. His nickname is "Chino" (which is also another story).

Here's a bit of background: Sir Rafa and Uncle Chino were newspaper boys when they were young, selling papers in downtown El Paso, TX. When they finished selling papers for the day, they'd occasionally treat themselves to supper before heading home: usually a couple hot dogs and one soda (in a bottle) with two straws. They'd use a few spare nickles and/or a couple dimes they'd earned from selling papers.

But once in a while, they'd buy a different treat. . . .


(This is an excerpt from a section of his memoirs he wrote in 3rd person. It's from a chapter called, "Chino and Rafa - Newspaper Boys".)

On the ground floor of the Gateway Hotel was a small, but very fancy bakery shop. The boys thought that everything sold there was very expensive, so the only thing they could do was to look at the goodies in the window display. Sometimes they wished they could buy something there, but they didn't dare go in there.

Chino and Rafa used to pass by there every night on their way home.

One day, Chino told Rafa, "Let's go into the bakery and buy a bag of 'pieces.'"

Rafa wanted to know, "What do you mean - 'pieces'?"

Besides, a place like that was very expensive. The people going to that shop [were very well-dressed,] and most of them drove up in big cars, so they must be very rich.

Chino then explained to his older brother that [broken cookies] weren't sold to the "rich" customers[. Instead,] they put the broken pieces in paper bags. These bags of pieces were for sale to anybody for ten cents.

So Rafa said, "Let's do it," and they walked into the bakery.

Since Chino knew about [the "pieces,"] he said, "a bag of 'pieces.'" The young lady behind the counter handed the boys a small bag full of pieces, and Chino gave her a dime.

On the way home, the boys ate most of the broken cookies, but left some for their mother, and a few pieces for Poppi, [their dog].


Here they are as very small children, long before they became paper boys. Uncle Chino is the little one sitting on the chair. Sir Rafa is the one on the left.

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Nancy said...

Thank you for sharing a glimpse of what it was like growing up many years ago for your grandfather and your uncle.

A brotherly bond that is surely very strong, forged by their experiences as children. :)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

How cute is their picture?! Love this recollection - how fun that you also have memoirs to share.

I hope this comment will go through - you are my guinea pig - it's been days!

Michaele said...

This is so cool. Neat memories and I LOVE that old photo!

Home In The Hollow said...

You are so fortunate to have family memories such as that, Sonya!...:)JP

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