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Date:7/28/2014 11:31:02 AM
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Neighbors, Part II
Last time I was talking about when we were building our garage. I mentioned how our friend and neighbor Chuck stepped up once again to help us out. I must also mention my cousin Billy Younger who also helped us out more than once. Now cousin Billy possesses superhuman strength. That's the only way to describe it. He, and his brother Raymond, are the two strongest men I know. Back some years ago, when Raymond was building our garage, Billy came walking by and just naturally pitched in and did whatever Raymond told him. I never saw two brothers work so well together, (unless it was me and Eldest Brother David). The only difference is that the Youngers are crazy-strong and David and I are the exact opposite.

Again, some years ago, after a Sunday Mass on a snowy morning, we came back to Ma's to see that the newspaper lady had gotten her sub-compact car stuck at Ma's mailbox. Of course, as David, myself, and one or two others stood about and debated how to get her out of the ditch, we saw Bill's pickup drive up. Immediately, we all smiled and stood back as Billy strode up to view the situation. Despite the paper lady's remonstrations, Billy bent over and grasped the right fender of the little car, straightened up, and single-handedly lifted the vehicle out of the snow and back onto the hard-packed road. That the fender of the car crumpled under the strain is beside the matter. That Billy did the job all by himself is what we Truckey's brought away from the experience.

So the following Summer another cousin, Mark Younger, called us and said that he was gathering any able-bodied neighbors the next Saturday to put up the framing for his house. This meant that several strong bodies were needed to lift up and hold in place the framed wall 2 by 6 studs while he nailed them into the floor. Even though David and I weren't exactly "able bodied", we were available that Saturday so we moseyed on down to Mark's place. Now David and I knew that we couldn't lift much; so when Billy Younger showed up we both got the idea of making sure that we were on the same wall that he was lifting. As all the men stood around and jack-jawed, David and I followed Billy around to make sure that we were on each side of him when folks finally got around to lifting. It didn't take Billy long to notice us tailing him like cleaner fish around a shark. When he realized what we were up to, he sort of sighed and rolled his eyes. Billy glanced at the both of us with disgust when we finally lined to do the framing and as his two cousins groaned with feigned effort, he raised the entire wall pretty much by himself and stood there like Atlas as David and I leaned against the wall and rested. More about neighbors next time. --Gary
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