What's Your Next-Door Neighbor Story?

Cigarettes and Bubbles

When I was growing up in Lynn Massachusetts. There werent a lot of neighbors I could talk to. Most were crack-heads...Drunks...Losers...There was one. Malcom is what we called him, though I am sure that was not his name. He used to entertain my sister and I by drinking our bubbles and swalllowing his cigarettes. He was one of the afformentioned people. A Drunk. But he would make us laugh daily. He had lots of cats and would bring one out. And almost everyday sit on our stoop, and swallow his cigarette and wash it down with our bubbles. Strange man he was. But he always made us laugh. This was so long but I still remember the sun. The bubbles. The Yard. Him. and His cats. He died years later after we moved. Perhaps from drinking bubbles and swallowing cigarettes.


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