02/15/07 194 W - + 16 - 10 Early Indicators

Three stories. Our family vacationed in Pompano Beach every year. We spent three long days driving from Minnesota to Florida and stayed at my mother's parent's apartment. They managed an apartment building two or three blocks from the beach. Mother tells of Mike as a two- or three- year old, being watched by his grandmother. There was a siren outside and a fire truck passing by. Grandma turned around and Mike was out the door and tearing down the street. Maybe a couple years later, it was not uncommon to find the kid in his yard in Minnesota, suburb of Minneapolis, spraying water on the trees and bushes. He was pretty good with his pretend fire hose and nozzle. Maybe a couple years after that, perhaps the most telling behavior is recalled around the beloved television series "Emergency!" Mike would walk home after school, plop himself in front of the television, and watch afternoon re-runs of the show. He also had a notebook, in which he recorded the various runs of Engine and Squad 51. Oh, to see that notebook today. But everybody probably has similar stories, and probably more embarrassing than these.

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