The Legacy

…The middle of winter in Wisconsin,the late 1960’s.A plastic tarp draped over the front end of a car.A boy and his older brother laboring in the cold night air,repairing the family car so their recently widowed mother can do the things she needs to take care of the now fatherless family.The older brother being forced into manhood before his time,the younger not realy understanding what has happened,but handing tools as needed,then cleaning them and replacing them in the new Craftsman cabinet their father had recently purchased shortly before his sudden depature from this world.

…A chill April night 1978.On a quiet cranberry marsh road the steamy windows of a 1969 Dodge Polara.Behind the glass two young people doing what mother nature drives them to.Out of this clumbsy,fast paced, heated union a conception will occur.A male child is brought into God’s world nine months later.This child will one day inherent the Craftsman tool cabinet lovingly cared for by his uncle and his father since that cold winter’s night back in the 60’s.

…A warm summer’s day,central Wisconsin2009. Several hundred vehicles and maybe a thousand people are gathered in the local high school parking lot for yet another annual car cruise. Amoung their numbers a well worn 50 year old man and a lanky 30 year old man who will proudly tell you that he was concieved in the front seat of a 1969 Dodge Polara in April a little over thirity years ago.As this young man tells the story of his conception his father blushes and has to wipe a tear from his eye.

…This is the legacy of the annual car cruise.An event that this father and son,amoung many others never miss.We are car guys,it’s in our blood,handed down from generation to generation in a fine American tradition.You see it is realy not about the cars or the roads they travel on.It’s about the stories that bring the people and cars togethet to participate in the great tradition of cruising.The cars we drove in this year’s cruise were built with  tools that to this day are stored in that same Craftsman cabinet that a boy and his brother were using those many years ago to do what they had to do. What their father taught them,take care of the family,thats why God put you here.

…There you have it my friends.The story of the annual car cruise,played out across this great country of ours every day.A fine American tradition and a legacy to my family…………

………………..The Catsman PhD ( school of hard knocks)……………………

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3 Responses to The Legacy

  1. Karla says:

    A similar story could be told by many….some with the same results but not all.


  2. Rose says:


    As usual..I enjoyed reading these. Keep them coming.



  3. thecatsman says:

    My #1 son stopped in to comment on An American Legacy so I decided to bring this to the front page and have the two stories together,the way they belong.


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