Friend: (n) person attached to another by a personal regard*
When I was 12, I met my friend Sally. We formed an immediate and lasting bond.
There is no doubt we are attached to each other by true and lasting regard for one another*.
We meet at our church, Tabernacle Baptist. Ironically the year we were in 7th grade, Hugh Morson, the Junior high school we were to attend was too crowded. Tabernacle was across the street from the junior high school. Back in the early 1960's junior high was divided into a science and math block
and literature and English block. There was one teacher for each block.
After lunch each day, the teachers switched students.
The powers that be made some type of arrangement with the church to house two such blocks of students. Our school classroom was in the exact section of the church that our Sunday School class was located. Sally and I got a kick out of telling everyone we went to church six days a week.
The students housed in those two rooms of the church formed quite a tight bond.
The only time we went to the actual school was for lunch everyday,
P.E. class and Music Appreciation which met 2 days a week.
In January of 1962 W. G. Enloe High School was completed near my home. It was the
first school built out in that area for grades 7-12th. I was very sad to learn I
would be transferred to Enloe. However, since Sally and I went to the same church we remained very close. We attended rival high schools but that didn't matter we were still friends.
After high school graduation, Sally attended Appalachian State University, which was located in Boone,NC about 4 hours from home. We teased about the fact that she was gonna meet some mountain guy and never come back to Raleigh. She assured me she would not.
THANK goodness she found a mountaineer aka Gary won her heart.
|Sally and her husband Gary July 19, 2017|
Sally and I have a lot of history together and made so many memories growing up.
We spent almost every Friday night together. When she came to my house
we loved watching Dr. Ben Casey on tv.
I am one of two childhood friends who knew her parents and she is one of two childhood friends who knew mine. Her parents were about 10 years older than my parents. Sally had an older brother who loved entertaining Sally's friends. I loved going over there and hearing her dad tell stories and eating her mom's delicious meals. Sally has followed in her mom's culinary footsteps.
She always prepares the best meals for us and usually surprises us with a new dish each year.
Her brother loved having a 'fresh' audience aka me to practice his craziness. Sally and I completed each other's youth.
She and Gary got teaching positions at schools in Yadkin Co. She never came back to live where she grew up.We raised our children together through real snail mail letters. We wrote each other about twice a month back then.
About 8 years ago we started visiting Sally and Gary every summer.
Our husbands only knew each other casually at the time of our first visit in 2009.
I am thrilled to say the men have become very good friends too.
We have continued to make so many fun memories....our husbands
just shake their heads and laugh at us each time we say
Gary has a small vineyard, he makes his own wine and sales grapes each fall to
the public. Sally fondly calls, them 'grape nuts'!
Sally and Gary's daughter and her family live here. They often come down
to babysit the grands which gives us extra opportunities to visit during the year.
|Bryan and I July 19, 2017|
This year was the first time over the last 8 that we have arrived during tomato harvesting time!!!!
I must say Gary has a green thumb for growing red delicious tomatoes.......
AND he gave us 10 ready to eat ones on Friday July 20th.
As soon as we unpacked yesterday we had a fresh tomato sandwich.
Tonight we have having hamburgers with fresh tomatoes. We will
continue to stuff them in our faces trying not to think about the fact that soon we will have none.
Last week I read this quote:
Life is short, spend it with those who make you laugh
today I add the below to the quote
......and give you tomatoes.
Every time we are together we talk so much we get hoarse and we laugh so much our faces hurt!!! We are already talking about tentative plans for next year.
Friends are family you pick.
Nurture the friendships like a beloved tomato vine. They will grow and blossom more and more each year.
Thanks for stopping by today. For sure my mind's eye is full of memories today of times gone by but never forgotten. Those times contributed to who I am today.