Chapter Fifty SixAurelius, the oldest son of the Hero, is glad to see his father.
Granny struggled up the steps, her knees audibly creaking at every riser, her breath a series of grunts that matched exactly the cadence of her legs. She clung tightlyto the wicker basket, its unseen contents shifting beneath the covering napkin as thebasket swung in the same cadence. "We'll be at the top soon, Louis," she said to the boy,barely more than a toddler, who aided his own struggle up the steps by clutching thebanister as he followed the crone like a puppy. But the top of these alley steps was still three flights away, and all there was there was another alley."Why didn't we just stay home and eat the chicken there?" the boy called Louisasked."Because the view from the top is so pretty. How many days like this are left tome? I must take them when I can. And years from now, when you climb them without me, you'll know why."
How to Tell a Ketch from a Schooner,
a textbook used by the OklahomaMaritime Academy from 1930 to 1935.The day after Dad got home he came to tennis workout to see how I was doing. Itwas a great workout, especially since we have two coaches now and I always havesomeone to practice really hard volleying with. I could show Dad that I was hitting reallywell and that's the first thing he told me. On the way home Dad asked me who the youngcoach was. "That Mister Biederbick. He's new.""Oh?""Yeah. He just showed up about two weeks ago. He applied to be a teacher's aideand said he could coach tennis, too. He's a nice guy and knows a lot about tennis andgeometry. I have him as an aide in two of my classes, besides the tennis court, so I see alot of him.""Oh. Two weeks, you say. Do you know where he came from?""I haven't asked. I see him around a lot. I think he shops at the same market wedo.""Oh." My dad looked like he was puzzled about something, thinking aboutsomething. He said, "He looks well kept for a teacher's aide. Nice tennis shoes, high endracquet. Do they vet teacher's aides before they hire them?""What's 'vet?'""Check their credentials. Things like that."