November 18--Rafael, Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John the Baptist. The boys grew up more like brothers than cousins. Where one was the other was sure to be. Since they lived on either end of the town everyone knew them because they roamed freely from John's house to Isaac's house and back. If John swam naked in the creek, Isaac did too. When Isaac didn't pay for his ice cream cone by snatching away his nickel and running, so did John. Their mothers doted on them and their fathers wondered if they'd end up in jail or get themselves killed with their antics.
I didn't make up those pranks either. Those are things that Durwood and his brothers did when they were growing up in suburban Chicago. See? All of life is fodder for fiction. Crank it up and spit it out.