With a temperature in the high 80s and the sun beating down, the afternoon was scorching. Not many people were outside when Milton Kitchen pulled up to the intersection of 27th Street and Kansas Avenue at 4 p.m.
But with the help of his assistant, Anna Hatterle, 17, he connected a short fire hose to the hydrant on the corner, turned on the water and watched as it started spraying from a special U-shaped sprinkler connected to the other end of the hose.
And before long, kids started arriving.
Some came running up in swimsuits, some in jean shorts. Moms came and sat on the sidewalk chatting as their kids splashed through the water, filled water balloons and tossed them. Meanwhile, Kitchen scanned the halfblock stretch blocked off for the hydrant party, reminding kids to walk so they wouldn’t slip in the water.
( Billy’s thoughts – Mr. Kitchen was an art teacher of mine at Morton Middle school. Even though I was not good at art he was one of my favorite teachers because he made kids feel good about them selfs. I don’t know if he will ever see this or that he remembers me but thanks Mr. Kitchen. If you want to read how thus retired teacher is still helping kids to have fun click on the link below. )