Adventures with BoogerMy maternal grandparents had over 30 grand kids. My cousin, Booger was one of those grand kids and one of my many playmates when I was young. I'm not sure exactly how he got the nickname of Booger, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was our Grandpa Smith that gave it to him. I will refrain from saying what his given name is here, but those in the family will know who I am talking about.
Booger was an active kid and was blessed with red hair, freckles, and blue eyes. He is about two and a half years older than me, and I remember that even as a child he had definite ideas of what he did and didn't like. He is still like that to some extent.
I remember he and I were sitting next to each other one morning at Grandma and Grandpa's house having our breakfast. Booger was quite active to the left of me, giving a lot of attention to the food on his plate. I asked, "Whatcha doing, Booger"? He said, "I'm mixing my egg (fried), gravy, and potatoes (fried) together". I asked, "Why"? Booger said, "Cause its good"? I thought it looked like a big mess to me, but since my big cousin, Booger said it was so good, I thought I would give it a try. I proceeded to try and create the same kind of mess on my plate as Booger had on his. I ate some of it, but that was the last time I ever tried out one of Booger's recipes! I wasn't as impressed with it as Booger was. Lol
I remember my Grandpa telling about another Booger adventure as I was growing up. Grandpa liked to tell how Booger was expelled from Kindergarten and then he would laugh and laugh about it. Back then, if a boy stood up for himself, it was a good thing. I could be wrong, but I don't think Booger was expelled. I think he might have been suspended for a couple of days. I don't know what he did, to be kicked out of school for a couple of days, but most likely he was just being active or maybe had a skirmish with another kid. Remember, Booger always was a little stubborn, knew what he did and didn't like. I think it goes with the red hair.
None of us had very many toys, but I remember one time, I had gotten a doll for Christmas and I believe it was Booger had gotten a gun. It might have been one of his brothers, but I think it was Booger. I wanted to play with the toy rifle. I always thought that boy's toys were so much better.
Booger is a good guy, who is highly intelligent, has a great sense of humor, was a good Husband, is a good Father, and is a good Grandfather. He always has loved his family.
I always looked forward to visits with Booger and his family. I am so blessed to have had so many cousins, playmates, and friends in one family.
Booger definitely left an impression on me!