Thursday, March 20, 2014
Close to Nowhere
• I didn’t do a single fun thing over spring break. It was so sad. Just routine as usual. Our granddaughters ran around and apparently had fun. Remy spent a lot of time on her horse Hoppy. Mere spent a lot of time in her car, Stoppy. Daughter Dana and I spent a lot of money on both.
When I was in school, spring break was a very welcome relief from the never-ceasing, incredibly boring routine of the school year.
Yes, I liked school. And I was a good student when I wanted to be. But school was still boring!
After marriage and babies, they started school and it was a lot more fun. For me anyway.
Spring break was more fun also. We went to the zoo and the park and lots of museums. Memphis, Tenn., has lots of museums and I think we took the “kids” to every one of them.
Now, my kids have grown up and the granddaughters are the ones on spring break. Some years we all do something, some years, they do something with their mom and some years, like this one, none of us do anything.
Spring break is still nice though.
• On a more somber note, Marshall County lost a grand lady last week.
Shirley Dillard passed away last Sunday night after a long battle with cancer.
Our kids went to school together at Potts Camp and over the years, I’ve done several stories with her on various things. The story on her sorority was probably the most fun.
We sat in her kitchen and talked about everything under the sun after the story was done.
She introduced me to “tin can men.” I have one hanging in my sewing room window that my sister got for my birthday one year soon after Shirley introduced me to them.
You take a large can and a funnel big enough to top the can, add some soup cans, a great big can and a couple of sardine cans for feet, wire them together somehow and voilá -- a tin man.
Shirley had a tin man hanging at her house and we discussed him at great length.
I’m gonna miss Shirley. She was a very interesting lady.
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