"Growing up" in rural small-town Ohio provided children a vast amount of freedom to create from imagination. One example of this freedom was a day-long summertime project of creating a raft cobbled together by me and my buddy, using trash from a burned-down barn dumped beside a creek.
Dick and I named our creation Super-Structure Raft. So memorable was our little adventure that it became an example when offering a drawing class encouraging my also-aging students to illustrate a personal story in cartoon fashion.
Let me present on my website this 3-part illustrated story of our adventure: Dick with his dog Penny; and me with my dog Reno.
(P.S. I recently heard from Dick's adult daughter, still living in Ohio. She had probably heard this story from her father, well before his death from ALS.
I dedicate these February post series as a personal remembrance of our private celebration - "Ursa Major Day".
........................ To be continued .............