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[American Story] 【整理】SENEWS-2008-0223-FEATURE On The Road (4)

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An hour later, good soil was be in spread by men in big machine, men who were not used to work for free, they were working for free I stood there and watched. By noon sement had been poured for a tennis court. Before the sun went down, a basketball court was down. Many people worked all night. On Saturday morning a crow of several hundred people came to work, black and white, old and young. They plant trees and grass and made pets and places to sit. By Sunday afternoon, the park was finished.

 

I went back there more than 20 years later. In the shade of trees which were now very tall people were sitting and playing in the park. I thought back to the way can do the part was built. A black had looked around and said: “This is the best thing that happens since I came to Reno.” He didn’t mean the park itself, he meant building the park.

 

In that first year on the road, I fell in love with my native of land. I road Wabash Cannanbo train through Indiana. I road the Delta Queen paddle wheel steamboat down the Ohio River. I road cable cars and bent down the hills of San Fransico. I spend time among Pennsylvania Dutch farmers in Copperstown Pennsylvainia and Greek Spong fishman in Tarpon Spring, Florida. I met M.C. Pinkstaff, the roadside poet of Gorden Junction, Iillanois. At his store he sold gasoline for 39 cents a gallon, and his poem for ten cents a piece.

 

That first year, I produced 47 stories from 23 states, all of them my own discoveries. The biggest discovery of all was about myself, on the back roads of America I felt at home at last. I knew I want to spend the rest of my life out…

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