Posted by Ancient Mariner
on Monday, April 27th 2020:
In Reply to: Bronx to Today posted by Barbara on Friday, April 24th 2020:
When I was a kid – ten, maybe, on Kingsbridge Terrace – I really wanted to be a Navy pilot (so were the papers filled later (in those war-forties) of Butch O'Hare and Jimmy Flatley) but by fifteen when I read the Howard Pease books about Tod Moran and his adventures at sea was on my endless bus and subway trips to High School, I would have settled then and there for the glorious job of a sea captain at 15 - in 1945. By the time I got though Hayes - graduated in 1947 – it was the priesthood or nothing (except I never took the time to factor in celibacy.) Well. Fast forward. Five years in the seminary convinced me I had a “vocation” to the seminary but NOT to celibacy and then zoom a zillion years into today... “a prominent retired Naval Aviator” (according to Who's Who), a licensed “Master, all tonnages, all oceans, steam and diesel” happily retired ashore (after two more careers) in a sleepy mid-west town, 90 years young, where I'm the only one who knows about Fordham Road or the Concourse or who knows or cares that there is a Bronx Board to keep their memory alive for me...and I'm so grateful!
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