Sometimes the Face Book post feature “Do You Remember?” strikes a deep chord. Such was the case this past week when the picture was of a play horse mounted on a frame with springs.
Some background here : just before my 16th birthday, my next-door neighbor and friend gave birth to Patrick. The day he came home from the hospital, I sat and held him for hours.  There was instant bonding, and I saw him almost every day and watched him progress from infant to toddler to very bright, very active little boy.

Patrick was about two when he received one of those “spring” horses which either he or we adults named Rocket, and from the first mounting would spend hours on it. Truth telling: Patrick would sometimes bounce even though he needed a major diaper change. I’ll leave that result to your imagination! Occasionally he would bounce so hard that Rocket  would inch across the room. With a broad smile Patrick would urge the horse on and give giant waves and slap his thighs shouting “Dot-Dot, look  at me!”
Fast forward a few years and I had two little boys of my own. I desperately wanted to buy a “Rocket” for them but there was no room in the budget.  At the same time, manufacturers offered mail-in product redemptions. With postage being only four and later five cents, even twenty-five cents back was worthwhile, and sometimes I’d find an offer for fifty cents or occasionally a dollar. I put that money aside and when someone on my bowling team was selling a “Rocket” her children had outgrown, I had enough money to buy him. I was very excited, but I must confess that my boys had only a cursory interest in this horse . They liked trucks better.
Now, very sadly, Patrick  died  of accidental   drowning less than two months before he was three years old. I was devastated, and for a long time had dreams that he was calling for me to help him. And now, even after all these years, deep in my heart Patrick is riding with abandon on his Rocket and shouting, ” Dot-Dot, look at me!”

Dorothy C. Judd       2015

Next post: Monday, October 26, 2015


About twofelines

What to say? I love my family and friends. I also love kids, cats, and books. Oh, and potato chips and Cheez-its. I am a retired teacher who still loves to be in the classroom, so now I am a substitute teacher.
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3 Responses to Rocket

  1. Stephanie says:

    Thank you for writing this post. In all my years of friendship with Lauren, I’ve never heard a story quite like this about Patrick. Very moving. I’m left with a sweet image of Patrick to take with me.

  2. Gae & Billy Griffin says:

    Billy was very moved by the post. What a sweet memory of Patrick. It brought a smile & a tear. Thank you so much for remembering Patrick and sharing.
    Gae & Billy

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