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Blog // today, March 24 - Brad Wolk's birthday

By Michael Rosen on March 23, 2013 11:25 PM | 0 TrackBacks

Today is Brad Wolk's birthday. March 24.
We were best friends from 4th to 6th grade, maybe through 7th, but I don't think we made it through 8th.
Well, maybe not even through 7th.
We lived around the corner from each other, Brad on Litchfield, me on Ives.
We probably rode bikes to school each day.
We went to Hebrew School together. I followed Brad into Boy Scouts.
He was cool and I was a nerd. I didn't know that, though, till later. He was smart and great at sports. I was hardly great at sports. He did, on my very first day at Northeast Elementary School in 4th grade, pick me first to be on his kickball team. He was a captain.
It was the last time I wasn't picked last... day after day on the school playground.
But that didn't stop Brad from being my friend.
Sometime, I think in 7th grade, maybe in 8th, we were walking home from downtown Rutland. Up West Street or some street toward Main Street from Merchant's Row. At a corner, at a blue mail box, two kids came after Brad. Intimidating him. Threatening to fight.
I watched. I couldn't move. Or didn't. I don't know why, I've never been able to figure out why.
Maybe some punches were thrown. Maybe not. The two kids went away. Brad asked me why I didn't help him.
I still don't know why.
We drifted apart. He became captain of the basket ball team, was popular and smart and went on to Williams College, where I think he was also captain of the basketball team.
He became a doctor.
His dad, Doctor Wolk, was a doctor. His oldest brother Tommy became a doctor. Scoopy, a dude, became a College President I guess.
Happy 57th Birthday, Doctor Brad Wolk.

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