Walk with the author down memory lane
The Old Man and Me, Charles Larlham
As I was reading The Old Man and Me, I felt as though I was
enjoying a long stroll with the author, down a country lane,
listening to stories of his youth and young adulthood. His
memories brought back my own, long buried memories. Chuck
Larlham lived a life far more interesting than mine, and I
His old man bought a farm, with house, barn, chicken coups,
and everything imaginable. With that farm came a pony. The
pony was blind, but gentle and quite rideable. A young boy's
every wish come true.
On that farm, young boys were put to work, either farming
the land, mucking out the corrals and chicken coups, helping
neighbors when needed (literally `farmed out'). Once in a
while, they actually were paid for their work.
The author joined 4-H, and within two years, he had raised
750 chickens, made a profit from the eggs and won 4-H
Championship awards (both years). There were more
championships to come.
As he grew older, ruined a few cars the old man had bought
him, he went to college, and later joined the army. He was
then a young man.
I'll not go further, except to say that I will always
remember this endearing book and stroll down memory lane.
I give this a 5 star rating, and look forward to his next
book, anxious to walk down that beautiful country path and
hear stories of him as an adult.
The Old Man and Me:
Extraordinary Stories from an Ordinary Childhood Post WWII
Now Available at
Barnes & Noble.
The Old Man and
Me: Extraordinary Stories from an Ordinary Childhood Post WWII
is the first in an envisioned three (or four) volume series of
books, each of which will contain about fifty vignettes of
pieces of my life. You’re going to learn a lot about one boy’s
life growing up on a farm and moving on in life from there. From
that life, you’ll have learned a lot about how Americans who
lived in small towns and farming communities survived and grew
after the end of WWII.
The early stories are very short,
incomplete memories written from the memories of a two or three
year old child. The first chapter is written from the stories
the Old Man and Mother told me. But the stories from the time I
was five are my own memories. I’ve written the stories from the
movies in my mind. We lived in the country from the time I was
about five, and bought our own farm when I was eight (it came
with a pony!).
The stories will tell you how I spent my
entire life with pretty much the same classmates, even though we
moved, and there were some additions as consolidations with a
couple of small districts occurred. The stories also describe my
life on the farm, during a house remodeling that lasted years,
and they end with a little bit about my life as a college
student, a soldier and a graduate student.
Have you ever
eaten in a restaurant where the walls are covered by farm
implements you can’t figure out? Stuff you can’t imagine a use
for? Well, I can tell you what they are, and what they’re for.
In fact, I’ve used most of them. You’ll learn how I learned to
ride a horse, take care of animals, grow a garden, cook like a
hillbilly chef and drive stick-shift vehicles. You’ll understand
how it felt when I got hurt, got sick, won prizes for 4-H
projects and ultimately married the prettiest girl in my college
class. This book is a lot of fun, wrapped around a lot of
The stories are true. They happened when and where the
stories say they did, but there is one caveat... no one
memorizes the dialogue of his life. I remember and have included
specific dialogue that I do remember, statements that struck me
so strongly that I never forgot them, but for the most part the
dialogue is written to help “show” the story rather than “tell”
Now it’s late innings and I need to get on with my newest
career of Author.
Book 1 Audiobook is here!
If you have a long commute, if you are or
know someone who spends much of his/her day in a
vehicle, this is the version you’re looking for. Short
stories, told in a trip or two from home to work and
back... light and easy listening, these are the stories
that will get you there and through the day. Karl
Leuba’s unforgettable reading voice (mine’s OK, but I
cough too much) will sooth you into your working day,
and out of that stressful day and into the bosom of your
family. Don’t bring your work home with you... bring
home instead the brightness and joy (and sometimes, to
be honest, the less than joyful aspects) of a ‘50s
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Read Chapter 28
The Old Man and
Me – Book II
Stories I Didn’t Get to Tell You the First Time
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The Old Man and Me – Stories I Didn’t Get to Tell You the
First Time continues the story of the author’s early life
through the 1960s. It overlaps the first book, filling gaps
among his original adventures. Ride along on a humpback
bridge “jump” in a hot rod and take a Senior Class Trip to
Washington, D. C.
Experience life as a farm boy trying to make his way in an
exclusive small college, where a trip to Chesapeake Bay to
study oysters becomes a study in eating raw oysters on an
Learn Army life as the author and his brother go through
Basic Training. Spend a year with him at Camp Page, South
Korea, where setting a field exercise by a horse radish
field becomes a lesson in gas attack response. Walk among
heroes, and learn what a Medal of Honor really means.
Back at college the author discovers the sophisticated girl
he loves, happily loves her “educated hick” in return. Ride
along on their midwinter honeymoon journey through America’s
plains and mountains to grad school at Utah State U., where
they endure the difficulties of being newlyweds under the
pressures of grad school in an unfamiliar culture.