On Leaving America – Part 14

Digging up Bones – Part 2

Still sorting through my files – hard copy. More old photos spill and flutter to the floor.
One of my dad is I haven’t seen in years. It’s dated 1929 – Aruba, an island in the Lesser Antilles in the Southern Caribbean Sea off the coast of Venezuela.
Standard Oil was building a refinery there. Dad was a welder and had signed on for a year. Good money to be made . . . a long way from home.
Aruba 1929 – Downtown

Not many places to spend money. Lots of room to build back then.

Aruba 2012


Dad came home loaded and paid cash for a brand-new fire engine red Buick convertible.

Too bad he didn’t but some land when he was there!

About Bruce Louis Dodson

Bruce Louis Dodson is an American expat now living in Borlänge, Sweden with his wife, cat and dog. He is an artist and world traveler who writes fiction and poetry and practices photography in his less than copious free time. His work has appeared in: Barely South Review - Boundaries Issue, Blue Collar Review, Pulsar Poetry (UK), Foliate Oak, Breadline Press West Coast Anthology . The E-buffet, Qarrtsiluni, Struggle Magazine, Pearl Literary Magazine, Contemporary Literature Review: India, 3rd Wednesday, Sleeping Cat Books - Trip of a Lifetime Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Authors Abroad - Foreign & and Far Away Anthology, The Path, Page & Spine, The Crucible, Sleeping Cat Books -Trips of a Lifetime, Vine Leaves, Pirene's Fountain,Tic Toc Anthology - Kind of a Hurricane Press, Cordite Poetry Review, Buffalo Almanac and mgv2.
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3 Responses to On Leaving America – Part 14

  1. Jew Boy says:

    Exxon refineries down there. They have an agreement with Petrochina.

  2. Keep looking! Maybe you will find some old Phillip Morris stock or something like that 🙂

  3. catnipoflife says:

    Never visited Aruba but one of my daughters did. She has some great photos! Yep, would have been really nice if be had bought some land:>)

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