I was just trying to think, make a mental list if you will, of things that are fond memories - things you can look back at and say to yourself "oh that was nice". This or any Burma Shave thing was one of them.
Manistique grew up where the Manistique River empties into Lake Michigan (well duhhhh). Rivers were the roads inland and even though you could only take a canoe on them due to rocks and rapids and the like, they flooded in the spring with the ice and snow melt and you could float logs down them to a port and ship them to market. Rivers or streams were also pretty much “one way” as paddling upstream – well that phrase has the perfect meaning even today.
At age 8, you take most things said by parents as the Gospel but in your heart of hearts a half century later you get it that these were just stories but that is OK. Life is made up of stories....and Burma Shave signs.