The Training

When I was little my Dad didn’t want me to be squeamish, like some of the men he served with in WWII. He especially didn’t want me to be upset when I was eating by somebody saying something, so the training started when I was very young. He told many stories about his army buddies in the mess hall and how they delighted in making someone ill by telling some terrible tale of terror. If they could make someone get up and leave their food, it made their day. He was always preparing me to be tough in the face of anything that came along.

WD Crites feeding baby Russell

I’m sure the training started here

I can remember when I was very young pushing my plate toward him and asking him to cut my meat. He would take out his old jackknife and start to cut the meat. Suddenly when he was about done he would stop and look at the jackknife and say,

Boy I don’t remember if I ever cleaned this old knife after we castrated the Ol’ Tomcat!

Then when we would eat sardines and crackers out of the little tins he would say,

You know Russell that the guts are still in these little guys. Yep, boy that’s what makes them good, you want some more ?

Of course my mother, bless her heart, would yell at him.

Bill Crites that boy will grow up with a terrible sense of things, he will say that kind of stuff to others.
Pat Crites and baby Russell

Ma was always trying

Guess you were right Ma.. But not a helluva lot of anything you say when I’m eating bothers me.. Thanks, Pa..

Russell B Crites as a toddler

Guess I listened…

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  1. Elena says:

    Sometimes the things our parents do either knowingly or unknowingly help to get us through certain parts of our lives we may never have gotten through without. Dad use to have a habit of telling me I couldn’t do certain things. I think part of it was that he wanted to take care of me. But in the end it drove a stubborness (cant imagine where I got that!) into me so that I continually told myself that I could do anything no matter the persons opinion of weather or not I could! Bless his heart for getting me where I need to be and bless yours for sharing yours!

    • Slim says:

      We certainly are shaped by our parents. I’m blessed to have had mine and I’m blessed to have know your Dad as well Elena…

  2. Nikki Alaee says:

    I remember some Old Tomcat stories!

    • Slim says:

      He didn’t get tired of telling that story to any little kid..

  3. Michelle says:

    Great stories! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Slim says:

    Thank you for coming by, Michelle.

  5. Nita Parks says:

    You me and a good story. Very much like your photos and tales..reminds me of other years and times in my life..Thank you so much

  6. Slim says:

    Thanks Nita for comin around to this neck of the woods.. Keep coming back and invite your friends..

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