A Trip to Memory Lane

January 17, 2008 · Posted in Family, Past · Comment 

I had to come to Tucson for MSHA training required for jobs I am doing at a couple of mines next month.  I’m in a motel room right now.  I lived here for about 4 1/2 years when I was a kid.  I went to school here (DeGrazia Elementary) from the middle of 1st grade through 4th grade.  I am staying about 4 miles from the Tucson Mall so I decided to go there after the training to unwind a bit, walk around and get some exercise.  That place was dead, it was 5pm when I got there and some of the stores were closing.  I think I saw more people working there than customers.  Anyway it brought back many memories.  I don’t remember going to the mall often.  I think we went to ZCMI more often than we went to the Tucson Mall.  I do remember driving around the parking lot.  The river passes just to the north of the mall, and I remember watching people ride their bikes and jog along the river.  I remember riding my bike along the river (or maybe it was just walking) when we lived in a town house on Avenida Primera, about a mile away from the mall.  I remember watching that river path as we drove down river road from our house on the northwest side of town to the ranch where I rode horses on the east end of town.  This trip wasn’t supposed to be a trip down memory lane, but it has been.  I should probably leave the past where it is and get back to my homework.