I've never been very good keeping up with right and left. I always have to think about it. The thought is quick but it is always there. Right Left. Ok. Go! I was six when I was finally tall enough and strong enough to turn the crank. Jerry had been turning it for almost a year. Even though we were twins I was always the small & delicate one. And I was the first born by 58 minutes. I never understood why I wasn't the big boy. I did understand that I was finally going to be able to turn the crank when Mother said "let Timmy turn it". I felt so big and powerful for the first time in my entire six years. I leaped off the sofa grabbed my coat and gloves and ran out to the side of the house. All the others followed except one. One always had to stay inside and yell out directions. "more to the left"--"that's tooo far"--"back to the right"-- "stop right there"-- "no wait-a little back to the left"--"PERFECT"!!! It was all so very confusing but I was determined to get it right. I wanted to hear that word "PERFECT".
There it was. The crank. And the pole. I looked up and could barely see what the crank would be turning. It went all the way to the clouds. Or so it seemed to me. I was soooo nervous as I unhooked the crank. I looked to my right or was it my left and then I heard Mother say "hold it tight Timmy boy and turn it slowly you know you can do this". That was Mother. Always telling me that I could accomplish anything in life that I set out to do. Mother instilled this belief deep inside of me and to this day whenever I get the feeling that I just can not do something I hear Mothers voice telling me "you know you can do this"--And I do it.
I began cranking. Instantly I heard the oldest one yelling "that's the wrong way turn it to the right dummy" I never liked him. "not to the left turn it to the right". I turned the crank back the other way. "that's to far stupid take it back to the left" are the words I heard coming thru the living room window.
"Don't you call your brother stupid or you'll wish you had been born without a tongue to talk with young man" are the words that went back inside that window. Mother--of course. After a few more turns to the right and back again to the left I finally got what I had been waiting for. "PERFECT" I hooked the crank.
All of us ran back inside the house and looked and it was perfect. It was Sunday February 9, 1964 and The Ed Sullivan Show was just about to start. Special guests---THE BEATLES. And everything was about to change. And as always it did. Right in the middle of "All My Loving" the wind shifted and the TV went fuzzy. Mother screamed "get out there and crank that antenna". Not to me but to the oldest one. He ran outside turned the crank to the right back to the left and Mother yelled "PERFECT" and it was. THE BEATLES were singing "She Loves You" I looked to my left and Mother was smiling. Or maybe Mother was on my right. I've never been very good keeping up with right and left.
She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah
She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah
And with a love like that
You know you should be glad.
MOTHER-I ADORED HER!