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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • RUSSELL HIVELY: Radio Flyer wagons

  • There have been quite a few “see-your-breath days” lately. Like a kid, I can't help but force my breath out vigorously at least a couple times each day to see how far my breath will go. Life can be exciting while walking along Wildcat Boulevard.
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  • There have been quite a few "see-your-breath days" lately. Like a kid, I can't help but force my breath out vigorously at least a couple times each day to see how far my breath will go. Life can be exciting while walking along Wildcat Boulevard.
    I was thinking about Radio Flyer wagons the other day. An old army buddy sent an email video of a Radio Flyer car that a couple in Anchorage, Alaska, had built.
    The Radio Flyer car was made from an old Mazda car they had inherited. The result was a large sized Radio Flyer traditional red wagon, to include the handle. The Radio Flyer was road legal, and the video showed them driving around Anchorage.
    I wore out several Radio Flyer wagons when I was a kid. In my pre-school years, one of my favorite things to do was ride in my wagon behind the tractor when my dad cultivated corn and soybeans.
    He drove slow, and I bounced along enjoying the scenery. The first time through the fields the corn was small. This was when killdeer were nesting, and my dad would not drive over a killdeer nest.
    We would be going along and a mother killdeer would indicate there was a nest nearby with her broken wing act. My father would look for the killdeer's nest and drive around it. I enjoyed watching the bird and my dad preserving wildlife.
    I wore out three wagons during this stage of life. Then I received a large Radio Flyer for Christmas. I was over the "ride behind the cultivator" age, so it lasted until I was in high school.
    I used it to haul corncobs and split wood to the house for the cook stove. I used it to haul ear corn to the barn to feed my horse. My mother used it to haul her wash to the backyard where she hung the wet clothes on the line.
    A few years ago, I bought a small Radio Flyer wagon for my own Christmas present. The next year I bought a wooden box Radio Flyer, then a wheelbarrow, and a set of Christmas lights. Neosho's True Value Hardware has them all.
    Take a walk, use those signal lights, don't be ashamed to relive your youth, and see what you remember while passing along your own Wildcat Boulevard.
    Russell Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.
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