Book: Whose Boy Are You? - A Memoir of a Young Boy by Charles Frankhausercategories: Book, Divorce, Biography, Short Read, Dysfunctional Family, Education, Self-Help, Poverty Survival, Dog Walking, Formal Living, Child Care, Homework Importance, Wild Living, Memoir
Charles Frankhauserabout this book: This memoir presents a brief span in a young boy's life during a period when he was traded around under the care of relatives that lived in the Washington, DC area in the late 1940s. His mother drove him to the home of his wealthy childless great aunt on Windom Place, NW. He read directions aloud while they drove to his new home using directions penciled inside a matchbook cover. He was a child of divorced parents that went their own ways with little regard for his future. As a result of their divorce and his recent failure of the 5th grade, he realized early in life that his future might involve standing in a breadline. His life on Windom Place consisted of serving several morning and evening newspaper routes, walking a Great Dane dog – the loss of which he was warned would terminate his home on Windom Place, and desperately working to achieve passing grades in school. Life during the week was orderly, with the formality practiced in the Victorian era and weekends were in the country where formality vanished into the wild booze-soaked era of the 1920s. A neighbor on Windom Place continually asked the author, "Whose boy are you?" It was a difficult question to answer.
This memoir is the second and last memoir the author plans to write. Miss Williams (in honor of the teacher that failed him) is the title of his first memoir. The memoir covers from the days of his parents' divorce to his age of twenty-six as an officer in diesel-electric submarines. Recently, a childhood friend of the author read both memoirs and realized he was mentioned in the memoirs. Two old friends recently had dinner together with their wives after seventy years of no contact. A message to readers: In situations involving divorce, think of the children and how their lives will change and how their futures might be affected. The author was one of the lucky survivors -- school homework was my secret to survival.
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