This is my brother-in-law Al – – with the lady in the center , his wife and small child next to her and on her right , their son and on the left of the photo – – Grandma to their baby, – that is the wife’s mother. (It is a shame that I do not remember their names – as this photo was taken in January 1968! – Looks like I will have to do some checking out of old information.)
Every photo has a special “story”… “why else take a picture …if there was no good reason… for taking it!”
Just the year before in “JANUARY” – – my husband, Lee died. Al in this picture is Lee’s younger brother – and invited me and the boys to come down and visit – ANY TIME??? –
Well… when Lee died – it was too much for me to continue working in the nursing home as bookkeeper – too many people reminded me of Lee and how sick he was just before dying. I could not just quit working – Social Security was not enough – and I was young enough to still work.
So… I called the telephone company and talked with my last supervisor – told her all that had happened – and ask her if they could use .. me ….again??? I had worked for the telephone company four (4) other times – and this would be the fifth (5) time – if they would hire me???
Lucky for me – the best friend you can have – is a good “Supervisor” – – she knew that I had a terrific record – always there – work any hours – overtime – and any shift – never take a day off – just because I might feel sick – once you start to get ready for work – it’s a miracle – how fast you can be cured of whatever you thought – you had! She made all the arrangements – all I had to do was to show up!
I was surprised… when the clerk came around – this is several months – after having been back – – and asking “me” – when in JANUARY 1968 – do you want your one week “VACATION?” I even asked her – “are you sure – that I would be entitled???”
So… there you are – if you need a job – this is my review – I enjoyed working every day – and probably would … do it again – check it out – I have friends that stayed and retired – my problem – just needed to move and try out other things – but if “steady” good work and good pay – where else would you want to go???
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In the photo above – – this picture of the three of us – – is being taken by Gail Porter. Also… in the above photo is Betty Jean Musgrove, and she is taking a picture of me, Mary Ellen and I have my left arm around Beverly Porter – who is a very good friend
This photo was taken in my last year at German St. Vincent’s Orphanage – as you see I have long hair – – and I wanted it to be long for “Graduation Day” in the coming up June…. but the NUNS – – had a thing about long hair – that is long hair on me. They told me that they would pay for me to get a permanent at the “Ragsdale Beauty Shop” if I would have it done – as soon as possible???
It was January 1952 – and they promised me that my hair grows fast – – and it would be long again for “GRADUATION” – – I did not really believe them – but – and so that I would not be harassed any more – about my long hair – disturbing them – when we were in Church – let me tell you … it does take longer than six (6) months to grow long hair.
This was to be a message to remember Beverly Theresa Porter Hitchcock – as she was a very good and dear …friendly- person …to everyone… for all of her LIFE – and last year today … she left here… for a much greater – a far, far greater rest…with her CREATOR…ending this journey here…
Well… I was able to add this much latter photo of Beverly Theresa Hitchcock … and she lived 74 very good years … with all of us – – – her very many friends and Family!
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“The Donald” – with sons and his little brother – “BIG AL” – – how is that … that the little brother becomes taller… that is becomes the “tallest” – in the whole FAMILY??”
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“The Donald” – – every FAMILY needs one…”
Lucky for us – – there is more “Day-light” in Florida – so… as soon as we tied down the “plane” – we all jumped into the rental car and started enjoying the scenery – all the fabulous buildings – double checking the locations and the restaurants – – – so… we would have an idea – as to where we would be getting our first “Florida” meal!
We headed toward “Donald’s place – wanted to be sure he and his FAMILY were up to joining us – somewhere special for our first get-together meal??
While at Donald’s place – he suggested we all get into his boat – – get the feel of Florida.. ON THE INTER COASTAL – since there is a real nice restaurant on the way and it will be something – that we would all enjoy!
Well… what could we say – but “YES” let’s all go and have FUN! – So… after parking the boat – – we decided to take a few pictures. “HOW’s” this one – the back side of the “DONALD” – and he is trying to get his boys… to hold still a few seconds – – – so as to not get – all blurry photos … – – like this one that I decided to take of Donald and his boys!.
It may have been my fault … that the boys were act ting up… so much – because – everything that the “DONALD” was saying… to get them hold – still – I just kept – up with…- “It’s alright – they aren’t hurting anything!” Guess – that I was too easy – giving out the permission – that maybe they were not used to getting??
We all had a real good time – and the “boys” were really enjoying their selves – as much as I remembered – – – when we were little boys – and FAMILY and FRIENDS would come to visit us – way back in the 1960’s -in Fort Lauderdale, Florida!
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“Sure hope you are ready to land… We have a rental car waiting …and we will be going over to my brother, Donald’s house – we will have a short visit – depending on what they are doing, tonight…- get something to eat … with – – – Donald and his FAMILY … “Donald and his wife Valerie” have two boys – so when ever… you want to go and or leave – – we can… and …we will be taking lots of pictures… so you gals – – can put on your “Pretty” face and look real …glamorous!”
We will be driving up the Federal Highway – – then A-1-A highway along the beach – see the area where they made the movie – “Where the Boys are” – so you can figure out where you want to stay for a couple of days – – – thought you might want to visit – “Topper’s” – one of the three restaurants… that my parents had … when we lived down here? Also, if you want to see where we lived and the other two “restaurants” – we will go there – too – – or where ever and or what ever … catches your eye? “Okay??” – “Looks like the “thumbs-up” – – got it!”
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Can you imagine being in a busy “Restaurant” – as this photo shows … to celebrate something… – – “gifts on the table… “CAKE” always indicates a party to me..” – . “is the little BIRTHDAY GIRL” so – absorbed – with the reading of a NEW book – just totally unaware of any body and every other person – in a place that has all kinds of noise – probably some real loud music – and a whole lot of extra loud talking – everyone trying to hear and also to be heard by others???
For sure… that is little “Alyssa and me” – and it looks like – – – we are so engrossed in reading … that we did not even know enough to … put on a “HAPPY” face for the camera… we just continued in our own little world – – reading and enjoying a whole other world in a book – something that must have been “spell-binding” …
So… if any person that might be able to remember this occasion – or be in the photo – or even know who is in this photo – – or better yet – – – do you remember what the date was … and who – or should I say… do you recall all of the people attending this very special night… out on the town???
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