In Texas, In JULY?
If you can catch polio in the swimming pool why can’t you catch it running through the sprinkler, which is a pretty poor substitute for going swimming?
The magazines were full of terrifying pictures of kids on crutches with twisted, shrunken legs.
What if I caught it, too? I scared myself half to death just thinking about it.
My worst nightmare was being trapped in an iron lung.
Then a miracle happened. Dr. Jonas Salk invented a vaccine, and if you got it you wouldn’t get polio.
We lined up outside my school for our shots.The kids coming out were all crying and rubbing their shoulders. I tried to run, but Mom had a firm hold on me.
Then it was my turn.
The truth is, I hardly felt it, but I was so scared I burst out crying anyway.
A few days later, I was playing with one of the neighborhood kids.