Family Together Again




Bay City, Michigan
July ’77

The next day, a 90-degree day, I biked into Bay City. I stopped to
visit with my brother and his family, but he wasn’t home. I bought six
beers and with two left I rolled out my sleeping bag on his deck
behind his house and called it a night. God, the joys of private
property, I almost forgot how nice it could be. He came home later
that night and wanted me to stay for a couple of days. I agreed. I
spent my time there eating and drinking and watching TV. It was great. My parents even came down for a visit. I borrowed $35 from them, and was on my way again. When the whole family got together like that it was only a matter of time before tensions would rise.

When I left Bay City it clouded up. I spent most of the day riding in
and out of rain. After ten hours I made it back to Lake Huron. I’m
presently sitting at a picnic table in the Harrisville State Park,
getting ready to move outside the park, all because I want to avoid
paying the camp fee. This is a very nice park, but there are so many
places to set up camp along the highway that it just makes sense to
take advantage of them while I can. To be sure, it hasn’t always been
this easy to find a campsite. Michigan rates right up at the top of
the list of states for finding easy, non-paying campsites.


About bwinwnbwi

About me: Marvin Gaye’s song, "What’s Going On" was playing on the jukebox when I went up to the counter and bought another cup of coffee. When I got back, the painting on the wall next to where I was sitting jumped out at me, the same way it had done many times before. On it was written a diatribe on creativity. It was the quote at the bottom, though, that brought me back to this seat time after time. The quote had to do with infinity; it went something like this: Think of yourself as being in that place where infinity comes together in a point; where the infinite past and the infinite future meet, where you are at right now. The quote was attributed to Hermann Hesse, but I didn’t remember reading it in any of the books that I had read by him, so I went out and bought Hesse’s last novel, Magister Ludi. I haven’t found the quote yet, but I haven't tired of looking for it either.
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One Response to Family Together Again

  1. ElizOF says:

    Lovely to read that you spent time with your family… very sweet. 🙂
    Finally catching up again… where did the time go? Phew! 🙂

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