I remember when they closed all the pools in Birmingham and all the public swimming lakes in the area, too.
I remember when we didn't go out to play ... or go to the movies... or eat ice cream from the bicycle vendor ...or go anywhere if we could help it. Children on our block stayed home that whole summer, as much as possible, and we didn't complain a whole lot about it, either.
HE had it.
The boy down at the end of our block had polio,
and nobody knew how or where he got if from.
There was no medicine. There was no cure. There was no vaccine. There was little hope. Only iron lungs ... and horrible braces.... and pain... and twisted limbs.
There wasn't a pandemic like they're talking about the bird flu being, but it was a very scary time. The two words that could strike terror in anyone's heart in those days were cancer and polio, and if you didn't live during that time, you really can't appreciate the horror those words held.
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