I couldn't pull it off. Under the tree in front of my grandmother’s house as rain banged on top of my head. Many times I have stood under this big oak tree as a little boy. Where I learned to tie my shoelaces, where I first saw my friend hit by a car, where I checked out and hit Donald in the face. It was all I ever remembered about my childhood. But what do you get with a watery nose? And now I stand as a man with my own family and study for a test to not cry under this tree.
Everyday I listened to my Duke or Ella screaming. Three kids cried for their mother and daddy to stop fighting in the night. One day it will all be fixed. One day I will sit at the oceans edge and look back at my beloved country and see nothing but laughter. The issues with the car, the job, the damage of living in the city, the suburbs, or fixing my eighty-eight Ford parked in front of the brick house I grew up in thirty years ago. Was it all worth it…the blue book and almost eighty thousand miles? I wanted a drink. That would help me through the night.
I am George, or author G. Franklin Prue. I live in Seattle Washington, USA. but was born in Washington, D.C. I am also ex-military Vietnam veteran. I am also teaching in Seattle as a special educational Instructor. I have also worked as a government consultant for the Defense Department. I travel a lot to the Caribbean, Central & South Americas. I have a BA in Political Science & Masters degree in Education/Administration. My published novels are, A Year of Madness, Mammie Doll and The Man from Sweet Loaf, all by CreateSpace/Amazon.com.