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Date:11/24/2014 12:10:51 PM
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Grandma's House, Part III
Last time, I mentioned Uncle Vitale at Grandma's House. Big brother Tommy liked Vitale, probably because he was such a powerful, yet gentle, man. Pa told us one time when they were young men and all still living at Grandma's, Pa goaded Vitale to see just what it took to make him lose his temper. They both were in the bedroom that opened out to the tiny kitchen. Vitale finally had enough and socked my Pa in the jaw with an old-fashioned haymaker. Pa said that he flew from the bedroom out into the middle of the kitchen. He said that he had a quarter-sized strawberry on his jaw for a week. I have to give credit to my Dad, he always told that story with admiration for Vitale. One thing about them Truckeys, they didn't care if they won or lost, they just liked to tussle. My own Eldest brother David, in his youth, was a boxer in the Air Force and used to get into the occasional scrap outside the gym. By his own admission, he used to get himself licked, but it didn't stop him from mixing it up. He was, and is, a scrapper. From this family heritage I coined and kept to heart this adage: "It's not the winning nor the losing that counts, it's the struggle." -Gary
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