We saw two of those friends today and spend some time learning what they have been doing the last fifty years. We did scratch the surface. Fred is doing well; Frances has good and bad days dealing with a lot of health problems (also referred to as issues). Amazing her smile is the same as 50 years ago and the nature is just as sweet.
Fred is like a brother, even though our brief military/church relationship was only a year. You don’t forget those good times, trailer trash (as some would say today). We were trailer park neighbors. They had a BIG trailer 35x8, ours was only 30x8. Fred was Coast Guard and I was Air Force (crash boats) stationed at Point Cadet in Biloxi, Miss. WE attended the same church and a great bond just developed.
We have kept in contact mostly Christmas cards. They lived in Nairobi, Kenya, many years and traveled extensively in Africa as Missionaries. We admire them, inevitably I asked, “Do you miss Africa?”
In his unique way he answered, “Yes, Jack I do miss it; I also miss the whippings Dad used to give me!” ‘nuff said I guess. LOL
And they ask---Why I Like Retirement?