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  • Uncle Dick was a card, a joker, a tease. We all loved him & his nonsense. As a child, I learned to say some things that would have made my teachers in school frown at me & maybe take me aside and have "a little talk".

    Uncle Dick taught me that you can pick your nose and you can pick your friends, but you can't pick your friend's nose. Too true.

    When going to a show of any sort, he would always admonish us children to "grab your seat before someone else does". Mama wasn't too pleased to hear her little girls telling one another this bit of wisdom and then giggling behind our hands.

    He taught us songs about sailors and their money, about great green gobs of greasy, grimy gopher guts, about how "the horses go around, their feet are on the ground, why do they make the shore so near the ocean" (there were several fun verses to this song), and he taught us that a man can be sweet and fun and kind as a husband, a daddy, or an uncle.

    I was going to segue into a story about boogers, but have decided to leave that for another time.
    Uncle Dick would be disappointed, but he would understand.

    I included the photo of the Koala because during WWll, Uncle Dick was stationed on board a ship in the South Pacific and sometime during the 4 years he was there, he was bitten on the nose by a koala & bore the scar. At least that was his story. : )
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