Houses with antenna
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Duck and Cover

Was that a Russian bomber?
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To Catch a Thief

We might just catch a Russian spy!

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Mexican2Now that we no longer had to be afraid of catching polio, I could spend my summers at the place I loved best–the swimming pool.
Mexican1The pool was walking distance from my house, and I spent every hour I could in the water.
Mexican4Dad swore that I must be half boy and half fish.
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Mexican5Mom and Dad had to force me to get out of the water every so often before I turned blue and my fingertips ended up permanently wrinkled. The minutes I had to wait before I was allowed back in seemed like hours.

Mexican6By mid-June I had spent so much time in the Texas sun my skin had turned a beautiful shade of brown.
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They weren’t? I knew Negroes never came to the pool, but I wasn’t sure about Mexicans. I didn’t know anything about Mexicans. I didn’t know how you could tell if someone was a Mexican, but I knew I wasn’t one.

Mexican9What was I? I wasn’t a Mexican and I wasn’t a Negro. I was so unsettled by his hostility I stammered…

Mexican10 He glared at me for what seemed like forever and then turned and swam away.
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Why did I say that?

What have I done? Why didn’t I just say no? What if they don’t allow Jews in here, either? What if they kicked me and my whole family out and never let us swim here again, all because of my stupid big mouth?
Mexican13Mexican14I spent the entire rest of the afternoon trying to hide, terrified that I would be discovered and sent home and never ever allowed swim here again, all because I told them I was a Jew.

Duck15

Duck and Cover

Was that a Russian bomber?
Lights2-5

To Catch a Thief

We might just catch a Russian spy!

I'm done telling this story, but the site will live on. Check out my (mostly satirical) commentary about the election and other matters at EdSteinInk.com! -- Ed

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