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Sandlots of Grand Canarsie

Sandlots of Grand Canarsie ©
Gary Shulman, MS. Ed.
June 20, 2021

Way back when as a chubby little boy
On a sandy hill I sat
Canarsie was replete with snakes,
Lumpy toads, an occasional bat
Adventures grand we all would have
In those swamps and sandlots galore
Way back when Canarsie
Was the country of dreams and more
I’d sit on that mound of beach-like sand
Just pondering life away
Stuffed yellow toy duck close in hand
My brain would soar each day
I’d contemplate dear Grabsteins franks
Oh what a sumptuous joy!
Perhaps I’d take a walk to the pier
Great adventure for a chubby little boy!
I yearn again for a simpler time
A time of sandlots and joy
A sandlot where I loved to explore
With snakes and toads, oh boy!
I sit here now well seasoned in life
Nostalgia fills my brain
My body much older, each morning I ache
You just get used to the pain
But when it gets bad and muscles get stiff
I allow my brain cells to roam
Back to a time, a joyous time
When Canarsie sandlots were called my home

About this poem

My nostalgic look back to a simpler time as a child, playing in the sandlots of Canarsie Brooklyn back in the 1950s.

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Submitted by shulman.gary on June 20, 2021

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Gary Shulman, MS. Ed.

Gary Shulman, MS. Ed. has spent a lifetime supporting vulnerable families and children. He began his career working with children with and without disabilities in an inclusive Head Start program in Brooklyn NY. He then transitioned to become the Special Needs and Early Childhood Coordinator for the Brooklyn Children's Museum for 10 years. His passion for advocacy grew as he worked more and more with parents of children with disabilities. For over 24 years he passionately advocated for the needs of these parents as the Social Services and Training Director for Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc. in NYC. The last 8 years of his working life, Mr. Shulman served as a private Special Needs Consultant conducting hundreds of training sessions throughout NYC and beyond to help parents and professionals find and access the services and systems required to facilitate maximizing the potential of their children with disabilities. Now Mr. Shulman is happily retired in Palm Springs CA, but still volunteers his time any way he can to provide information to those in need of his expertise. Today, Gary enjoys sharing his poetry that he passionately writes with the goal of leaving this world a better place one word at a time. more…

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