Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen

January 1, 1966

In Stories, secrets & dreams on November 29, 2012 at 4:01 pm

January 1, 1966. Me, Jeff, I’m seven years old. This day was a historical one. It was the first day of what will go down in history – it was the first day of a twelve day long transit strike. It would go down in history as one of the longest. It stranded New Yorkers by not running buses or trains. It would also come to my mind to strike, especially when I saw my big brother constantly getting away with murder and I never caught the same benefit.

So, I went on a strike. I told my Mom and Dad that I was going to strike against tyranny. Just as I said that a bulletin came on Channel 5 about the strike. My Dad tried to talk to me about the strike and along with my Mother tried to negotiate to reach an agreement, but I did not budge. Finally, at dinnertime, my Mother made one last attempt to get me to end this strike by reaching an agreement. She made my favorite dish: lentils and rice, a Syrian dish that she had a good knack for making. After I ate, we negotiated. At first I balked, then she put another heaping bowl of this rice masterpiece in front of me.

The end result: NYC Transit Strike 12 days; my strike 4 hours. It was a lunatic way to act but, some kid had to do it.

Jeff

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