This photo was taken around 1980 when I was about 8 years old. My mom raised me to be a leader, the Alpha of the pack.
Everything my mom taught me was to groom me at being #1, being upfront and leading the pack. When I was a kid I dressed like a teenager and when I was a teenager, I dressed like a grown man. I started to iron & crease my pants and shirts at a very young age. I always wore a belt and wore my shirts tucked in. I kept my shoes cleaned and I washed my shoe laces in the sink when they started to look dirty.
In the photo I posted, I’m the kid on the bike and the kid standing behind me was my best friend. His name was “Tenail”. I’m not sure of the correct spelling but that’s the way it sounded. He was a tad bit younger than me and he looked up to me. When we would meet up to play outside, he would run back in the house to change his shirt to something that matched what I was wearing.
I’ve always thought of Tenail my whole life and if anyone in the Greater Los Angeles area have a cousin named Tenail that lived on Gramercy Place in Los Angeles in the 70’s please get at me. Tenail lived with his Grandmother and he should be in his 40’s right about now.
Funny how you can look at a photo of yourself as a child and see things that carried over to you being an adult.
Thanks for reading,