"A grownup is a child with layers on." - Woody Harrelson
Peeling back the layers.
On Cooks Road, as elsewhere, we lived outside the city limits. There was no "city" water. You had to have a well and a pump to have water. The old McWilliams place we rented, had a well in a small tin shed. A few feet from the shed, was the concrete cistern that held the well water. There was a wonderful galvanized pipe that ran from the shed to the cistern.
On many, many days when there was no one to play with me, I found all the fun I needed right there! The small pipe hit me just above waist high. It fit my hands perfectly. It was the perfect place to flip over and over! It was also great fun to climb up on the shed side of the pipe and try to walk it the few feet over to the cistern. Of course, any time Mama caught me, I was in great trouble because I could cause the pipe to break off of the well, but back then I couldn't see the harm and ignored her continually.
As much fun as playing on the pipe was, the greatest fun was on a good windy day. I'd take the small square lightweight baby blanket Aunt Norma had made me, use a safety pin to put it around my neck, climb up onto the top of the cistern (all four-five feet) spread out my blanket cape and fly off and into the deep, thick San Augustine grass. I know I flew! Really flew! And I loved the wind, as it was my friend that let me fly!
In my dreams at night, I didn't need the blanket cape or the cistern to launch off of. In my dreams, I could will myself up into the sky and float/fly over my school campus, or around our house. It took a lot of concentration to come in for a landing on my feet, and quite often I cut a flip or two, but it never hurt.
|Mattel Liddle Kiddles Doll in a ring. I had one, did you?|
P.S. I feel I must clarify, as some are getting the wrong idea. The well had an electric pump on it. The well itself was simply a pipe in the ground. The water came up, went into the tank and stayed there, until we turned on a faucet in the house. We did have running water and we did have indoor bathroom.