Adapt and Recover

"Adapt and Recover" which tells about two boys growing up in the 1970's in which was still known as the Ridges Estate. Michael and Lizzy Fox live in Oakwood Avenue they have friends who live across the road; Connie and Bob Harris. Both of their sons Roger and Ronnie play together and go to the same school. Infact they are inseparable. This story takes you through their childhood together and their desire to be Royal Marine Commandos after Lizzy, Rogers mother buys Roger an Action man toy for Christmas. As young boys they join the Army Cadets until they reach the age of eighteen where they sign up to take on the hardest training regime in the world. see the boys grow into men as they are sent to fight in the Gulf War in 1991. This is a story of friendship and comradery. one that will last a lifetime.

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“Good because Ronnie likes his bait just like me.’

“I had better get two big pasta bowls out then.’

There was a knock at the door and Roger went to open it.’

“Come in Ron; I hope that you’re hungry; my mother has made a big pan of Spag’ bol’ for us.’

“It certainly smells good Roger.’

Ronnie said hi to Rogers mother as she pulled out a chair for him then filled the two bowls right up for them then poured them both a glass of  Pepsi cola.

“This is lovely Mrs Fox said Ronnie as he twirled the spaghetti around on his fork.

So what are you planning to do now that you have left school Ronnie?’

Well I have to find work of some kind my father says. He said any labouring job until I find something more permanent.

“When I’m eighteen I’m joining up.’

“Yes,’ and so am I mam.’

“You say that now, but a lot of things can change in two years you know.’

“I’m going for an interview tomorrow mam.’

“Where?’

“Hastie D. Burton is looking for labourers; so I thought Ronnie and I could go and see if we can get a start.’

“You are joined at the hip you two.’

“All for one.’

“And one for all replied Ronnie with a laugh.’

“We will be like a couple of Irish navies on that building site Mrs Fox.

“God help them when they get you two is all I can say.’

“One thing is sure mam we are both good grafters.’

“I guess your mother will have to load a cart full of food for you Ronnie because you will be eating her out of house and home.’

“Two tatties more than a pig Mrs Fox laughed Ronnie.’

When the boys had finished Ronnie thanked Liz then followed Roger along the passageway to his bedroom. Roger had a new AWW Apple 11GS computer and a desk with two swivel chairs that he’d saved up for and bought himself.

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