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IT'S A BIRD, IT'S A PLANE, IT'S ME

Updated on July 05, 2010

INTRODUCTION

Fellow hubbers your have seen my recollections of my young life growing up on Meighan Avenue in Moundsville West Virginia during the 1950's. I told you in, “Moundsville A Town With Special People-Part 1” about my exploits with fighting every school day during lunch breaks. In this hub I want to reveal another side of my young life so long, long ago.

A GIRL WHO’S A FRIEND BUT NOT A GIRLFRIEND

Some of my fondest memories of growing up include Myrna Cochrane, my neighbor across the street. Myrna was a very good friend, and playmate, but never a girlfriend. We had great times together, and Myrna could run like the wind. I was the only boy our age in the neighborhood that could out run Myrna, and it was always a close race. Her little legs could really churn out some speed, and she never quit. We also would play hide and seek with all the other kids in the area, and Myrna was a great hider and seeker.

There was one special activity Myrna and I did every evening after we watched our favorite TV show. My mom had made me a Superman costume out of and old pair of blue jersey pajamas. Mom sewed an S on the chest, and made me a red cape out of scrap cloth from all her sewing. I would don my costume in the evening after watching Superman on TV, because I knew Myrna was waiting for our reenactment of the episode. I would put my suit on over the costume and a pair of empty rims over my eyes. I was Clark Kent and Lois Lane was waiting for me.

As I approached Myrna’s house my heart was in my mouth. Would I remember my lines? Would I forget the crucial plot? I knew Myrna would have it down pat and I didn’t want to disappoint my friend. We headed for her basement for our reenactment and it always went swimmingly. Clark would always shed his suit and glasses at the crucial moment and Superman would save Lois. Then it was up, up, and away back home for bedtime.

CONCLUSION

I just wanted everyone to know I wasn’t a total brute growing up on Meighan Avenue in Moundsville. I had a lot of good clean fun and many great friends including Myrna who was the girl who was a friend but not a girlfriend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      North Wind 6 years ago from The World (for now)

      I had a friend just like that! We would take on TV roles too.

      Great hub it brought back some of my memories also.

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      Putz Ballard 6 years ago

      Great hub Tom, there were some girls in the mill village that fit that description so well. Great memories.

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      Tom, I remember having good times with the other kids in the neighborhood also. I love your Superman story. Thanks for the great story.

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      Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      North Wind,

      Thank you for your kind comment. Myrna and I had a lot of fun playing Superman,

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      Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Robert,

      I think our home towns were very much alike. Thank you for your comment.

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      Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Pamela,

      We all had fun growing up. I think boys and girls play well together until they grow up too much.

      Thank you for your comments.

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Nice memory. I don't think I was ever that close to anyone when I was young.

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      Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      dahoglund,

      Myrna and I had a lot of fun.

      Thank you for your comment.

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      Wonderful hub, Tom. I had a friend Myron who was always just a friend and never a boyfriend.. We used to reenact plays all the time and I will never forget those days.

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      Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Pop,

      That's great. I think it's a very good thing to have a friend of the opposite sex with none of the boyfriend/girlfriend crap involved.

      Thank you for your comment!!!!!!!!!

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      sheila b. 6 years ago

      My 'boy friend' didn't have a sister, and I always felt I served that role. In my town, we were considered boyfriend and girlfriend, but it was always just a friendship. Those were such innocent days, and I'm glad of that.

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      Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      sheila b.,

      Those were great times. Kids today have no idea!!!!!!

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      SheriSapp 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Thanks for a smile. I always loved to play school---who ever would have thought I would grow up to be a teacher...LOL?! Times were so much simpler even 20 years ago than today.

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      Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Sheri,

      It's too bad I didn't grow up to be Superman. Things would be much simpler today if I were Superman!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your comment!!!!!!!

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      eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      Yeah, the good ole days.

      Tom, we are starting to get old.

      Keep on hubbing!

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      Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      eovery,

      I agree but I don't mind considering the alternative!!!

      Thank you for your comment.

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      Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      Somehow your stern affirmations that Myrna was not your girlfriend made me think of a hub I read just the other day, "Sex from a man's point of view" by bill yon. In it he wrote, "right when the skinny tomboy girls start developing bumps and curves.right then at this time in life is when the prime objective forms.that prime objective is'I got to get laid.'from this fateful day is when the game begins,this is the day when the girl next door evolves from your sometime playmate and becomes your target."

      I'm not making ANY suggestions here. Just saying. :)

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      Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Since Myrna moved away before I was 11, and I moved when I was 11 that was never faced!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      That's a nice memory Tom. I always wanted a Superman outfit but never had one. "Look, Up in the Sky, It's a bird, It's a plane, It's Superman!" Wow, I can almost wet my pants thinking of how exciting that line was when we heard it coming out of that old black and white three channel television. Thanks for sharing your memory! WB

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      Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Wayne,

      You're welcome. Myrna and I had a lot of fun thanks to mom making my costume out of my PJ's!!!!!!!!!!

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      Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Hi Tom, I was one of those girls. lol

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      Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Granny's House,

      I have to admit you have piqued my curiosity are you Myrna? Did you grow up on Meighan Avenue? Please let me know.

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