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By Joe Block 

Around the Block


December 27, 2018

I’ve always had a good family.

My mother’s side was a grand Italian family, and I had 5 great aunts and uncles who lived within a few houses of each other, in addition to my grandparents and my aunt and her husband. They lived close to my home and we were always there.

I got to go home for lunch when I was in grade school—my mom would write a little note I would give to my teacher—and sometimes we’d go to grandma’s house. She would make me a peanut butter sandwich—natural peanut butter, no sugary Jiff—and I’d either eat with her and my mom or watch old Lost In Space reruns...

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