Firewood For The Old Folks In The Big City

December 30, 2021

Reflections, Day 78

“If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come.”

–Chinese proverb

Can you dig a boss chick driving an old cab and a half GMC pickup truck through Christmas traffic in the big city singing along with Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons?

Yeah, Baby, I can dig it.

The spit white oak and hickory firewood was a Christmas gift for some old folks who couldn’t find a suitable supply of wood in Marietta. It was Christmas Eve.

On the way we opened a part of the gift that we received from Tommy and Sandra Cobb which contained a CD named “The Jersey Boys.” It was the sound track from the Broadway musical by the same name. Dekie and I were a bit naïve and didn’t really know about the Broadway production—but, we sure found out.

The drive took an hour and a half and we enjoyed it immensely. We sand along with 4 Seasons’ hits like,

Silhouettes (on the shade)

Short Shorts,

Sherry (with that fantastic falsetto),

Big Girls Don’t Cry

My Boyfriend’s Back (He’s going to save my reputation)

Dawn (Go Away),

And, of course—Stay.

We thought the CD was the gift, but the true gift was the wonderful drive that afternoon.

The music took me back to the Baker High School Sock Hops…

They took Dekie back to somewhere different because, you know, I’m a bit older.

Yeah, I can dig it.

—john schulz

1962 was 60 years ago. Aged better than cheddar.

Published by John P.Schulz

I lost my vocal cords a while back due to throat cancer. The laryngectomy sent me on a quest to find and learn to use my new, altered voice. I am able to talk now with a really small and neat new prosthesis. My writing reflects what I have learned in my search for a voice. My site publishes a daily motivational quote and a personal comment. I write an article a week for my blog, which deals with a lot of the things that I do in the garden. I am also the author of Requiem for a Redneck and the new Redemption for a Redneck--novels portraying the lives and doings of folks around the north Georgia hills. I have an English Education degree from the University of Georgia and very happily married to the lovely Dekie Hicks. You may enjoy my daily Quotes and Notes at

One thought on “Firewood For The Old Folks In The Big City

  1. I really like everything about this specific post, and hope Tommy and Sandra Cobb read it and know how much you and Dekie are enjoying the CD of “The Jersey Boys.” You always choose such splendid photos to accompany your stories, and when there’s more than one photo, it’s like extra frosting on an already good cake.

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