Once again I found myself laying in my bed sleepless, pondering on what to write this time. As I side-tracked from that subject I began to ask myself, “How did I ever become a writer for a newspaper?”

It was then I began reminiscing upon my childhood days growing up in the “Big Apple.”

Andre' Alfred is a Sports/Staff Writer and Photographer for the Bertie Ledger-Advance, Chowan Herald, Perquimans Weekly and The Enterprise. He can be reached via email at aalfred@ncweeklies.com.