I don’t know why woke up so early this morning. It’s 7AM, my dad left for work, Mom is working in the kitchen and my sister is still asleep. I think that the summer heat just got to me last night. It’s too early to go out to meet up with my friends. So I’m lying here in my cot thinking how great it was hanging out with Nunzio yesterday. I’m so happy that his hand is getting better. I hope that seeing all that blood when Nunzio got hurt does not stop our gang from playing war games. Anyway it sure worked out for the best. Nunzio’s Mom was so happy that he is okay she could not do more to make us happy, like money for the movies and treats. I know it was a bad thing that happened to Nunzio in our war games I just don’t understand why I feel so happy.
I’ll get up and have breakfast soon maybe I’ll have some toast and jelly with a shot of espresso with milk and lots of sugar. I‘ll get dressed and go to see Jimmy Pizza this morning. I remember what he told me a couple of days ago. He told me that his sister gave him an old pair of street skates. If the wheels of the skates are not worn out maybe we can use them to make a couple of scooters.
I should get Roger to help us but he will ask us to pay him for his ideas. We’re just all tapped out of cash. We’ll just have to do it on our own.
I got up from my cot had breakfast and then walked to Jimmy Pizza’s apartment building on Columbia Street. It was still early when I got to number 369 Columbia Street. I didn’t want to call up to Jimmy because it was so early, so I sat on his stoop to wait for him.
It was kind of quiet, not many people walking around, no peddlers calling out for attention. Any of the kids I know were either asleep or just getting up. So I sat there thinking how hot it was and wouldn’t it be great if my sister took me to Coney Island and let me jump in the ocean to cool off. I have to work on her to take me. There is a good chance I’ll get to go with her since my Mom will never let her take off to Coney Island unless she goes with a grown up or someone like me who will “Rat” on her if she try’s to hook up with some boys. If I go with her my Mom knows I will give her up in a minute. I think that my sister will say it’s okay for me to tag along because she thinks that she can keep me from ratting her out. She thinks she’s so smart. Da! I have more power than she does since I can blackmail her any time I want to. Anyway, I’ll fight this battle another day.
Today I will hang out with Jimmy and Milke Tomato, maybe we can cool off with some ice chips if we spot the ice wagon coming down our block today. After sitting there for about 10 minutes I notice Joanie and her fried Janie walk down the block. Even in this heat Joanie is still wearing her farmer jeans. She calls out “ hey Pepino what are you doing sitting there so early in the morning.” I told her about Jimmy and his sister’s roller skates. I asked her were she was heading.
“Somebody took off with our milk this morning and my Mom asked me to go over to aunt Rosie to borrow some. My Mom wants to bake a cake for my dad’s birthday today.” I said, “How can somebody steel your milk from your ice box?” She looks at Janie as if I was asking a stupid question and says “well, we have a milkman you know, who delivers two or three bottles of milk on our doorstep every other day.
How do you get your Milk?” “Wow! Your parents must be rich. I have to get up early every morning while it’s still dark and carry my bucket over to Mr. Pauli’s barn on Luqure Street. Mr. Pauli has a couple of goats there. I sneak in the barn and take the milk from the goats while they’re sleeping. I hope Mr. Pauli doesn’t find out.” Joanie looked at me as if I was crazy and then she and Janie started to laugh. They were laughing so hard that they started to cry. Joanie rubbed her eyes on the shoulder of her tee shirt and walked away. She looked back at me while walking and said “Baaaaaaaaaa”.
I can wait to ask my Mom why we don’t have a milkman. She will smack me on the head and say “what ta u crazzzzie?” No sooner did I finish thinking about my Mom giving me a smack on the head I heard Jimmy coming down the steps behind me.