Little Alfred, Another Lost Child: A Memoir

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Xlibris Corporation, Nov 27, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 162 pages
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Many readers of this book may feel at a loss to “feel” the real people and how they felt. That is the purpose of telling it the way it was. No fakery, no embellishments, just the raw straight-from-the-hip truth. This is not fiction, this is fact. No deep seated love or caring, except for my grandma’s and the Shermans, (may their goodness last for eternity) no affection, no deep looking into their souls for a little lost child nothing.

These foster parents were paid and it was a job, just like any other job, that’s all it was for them.

I have no love or hate for these people, it was something that just happened. Nothing can change the past, it is long gone, one can only look back at it and try to remember the good times, and forget sorrowful and hurting times.

This manuscript was submitted to a literary agent who liked it. There was just one problem, she wanted to change it, give it more impact, more pizzazz, make it stand out even if it meant putting in fiction. I didn’t and wouldn’t go for that. If I wanted this manuscript to be fiction with all its embellishments, I’d write it as such.. what you will be reading is my life through my eyes as a child, with all its warts, cuts, bruises and ugliness. It’s not perfect, it’s life.
 

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Contents

Today
9
Life at the orphanage
11
Saying Goodbye to my parents
13
My new home
15
The summer days
18
School starts
21
Roller skates for Christmas and a visit from mom
23
A BIG airplane on the beach
25
Christmas at the frozen lake
68
Getting caught in the act
73
Summer vacation starts
77
Uncle catches a sunburn but no fish
84
Mom comes to visit me
88
A car rolls into the creek
90
Yellow rain on the back patio
93
Summer was over
97

The money disappeared
28
I am very sick
31
A day at the New York Worlds Fair
33
Fun at Luna Park
40
The cyclone at the pier
43
The weekend with mom
46
Back to school
50
A mild case of asthma
52
A walk to the trolley tracks
54
Strep throat and a trip to the hospital
56
The trip back to Coney Island
59
Saying goodbye to the Leedermans
62
At the Dannilows and back to school
65
Unhappy and alone
101
More tragedy
105
Meeting my new foster parents
107
A trip into the forest to pick berries
110
The nasty fall
115
The night at the bowling alley
118
Summer was officially over
124
Uncle takes me fishing
127
Fun at the farm
133
My tenth birthday
139
I must leave Auntie Uncle and Bobby
148
Epilogue
151
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Biography I am a retired Senior Design Engineer living in warm, sunny San Diego, California. I find writing a very relaxing hobby as well as a way to put down my thoughts and events of the day. I also enjoy writing rhyming children's tales of magical wonder and enchantment, hopefully someday soon to have published. I especially enjoy putting on paper my childhood days living in an orphanage and three foster homes. Each problem is a small bit of my life as a child, and I have written a book of my younger days up to the age of 21, when I started my drive to San Diego from New York City on a cold winter's night. Best drive I have made. Life is good no matter how bad it may seem. Enjoy it to the fullest. My hobbies are; reading, writing, RC model boats, building them, sailing them, electronic tinkering, computers, digital photography of sunsets, and being a "health food" fanatic.

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