(Note: All pictures may be enlarged by clicking on them once or twice.)
One advantage of cold, wet winter days is that I have more time to work at my computer.
I recently came across some pictures that I took back in October, 2006. Betsy and I had driven Mom and Dad up to Mom’s hometown of Winslow, Indiana. On the way we stopped in Boonville, Indiana, to visit their friend, Virginia Smith.
Virginia was Mom’s best friend in school. When they were seniors, Virginia started dating Leonard Smith, who was Dad’s best friend in the CCC. Dad and Leonard were stationed at a CCC camp outside Winslow, working on what would become a state park. Needless to say, it wasn’t long before Virginia and Leonard and Mom and Dad were double dating.
Virginia and Leonard got married shortly after Virginia graduated from high school, but my grandmother made Mom wait until she was twenty before she married. Mom was a good daughter and didn’t get married until three days after she turned twenty.
Mom and Dad and the Smiths remained friends through the years. Leonard died in the mid 1980s, but Mom, Dad and Virginia remained in touch and visited whenever possible.
Virginia died in 2010, and Mom died last year. Now Dad — 99 years young — is the only one left. But it was a blessing back in 2006 for Betsy and me to be there as these three remembered the happy days gone by.