What I Recall from Patmos
George. Smoked since he was nine. Died when I was eight.
Paul. Grandma’s second husband. Mechanical engineer. Retired to The Price is Right and hand-held slot machines. Master of devices.
Vince. Autodidact ESL. Power tools and magnets, oversized editions of Italian masters.
George. Had started college.
Paul. Said he invented doo-wop.
Vince. Organized school walk-out, 1937. Ninth-grade education.
George. A minute late to Germany.
Paul. Enlisted, saw no action.
Vince. Manilla. Okinawa. Leyte. Seventh Fleet.
George. Hide-and-seek with pennies in hardwood patterns on the floor.
Paul. Only one who hit me. Never helped with trig.
Vince. Did everything he could.