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Childhood Memory

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Today's challenge set for the WAH group is Childhood Memory with the following caveat: "Even though any childhood memory can be used, try to use a memory you have of/with your dad! "

Always a sad day when you miss your dad as much as I do, so I generally let Father's day slide. However I'm giving this group a go so here I am.

My dad went to work in the States when I was very young and brought back a cowboy outfit which I still have but sadly can no longer squeeze into. He had a lifelong love of what is now called the Western but we knew as cowboys and Indians. It is a passion I shared and still enjoy now through cinema and TV but mostly through writers like Cormac McCarthey and Elmore Leonard.

I would spend hours lying on the floor, lost to the 20th century, with an array of toy cowboys and Indians, occasionally augmented with knights in armour and WW2 soldiers. One of the lasting memories of my dad was that he was always on the side of the Indians despite them being invariably cast as the bad guys.

It confused me at the time but it also made me think and I wonder now if it didn't inform my world view. Made me question the received wisdom, dig a little at the narrative and always, always at least try to see it from the other guy's point of view.

  

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Taken on June 19, 2016