I imagine everyone goes thru the period of a let down after the highs of Christmas at some time or another. But there was a period of our lives, after my FIRST retirement, that Sherry and I really began to live, the day after.
A little back ground. You that know about sisters, know most of them are FAMILY TIGHT, close or how ever you say it in your neck of the woods. Well the Harris girls were no exceptions. Elmer married Lennie, became the first a Son in law. Then Sonny married Collette and lastly little old me was lucky enough to get Sherry, the baby girl.
(The THREE, Lennie, Sherry and Colette)
Each one of us learned immediately that we had married not a girl, but a family of girls. I soon learned what that it was actually a pleasure.
I loved the sisters, Lennie tough as nails inwardly and outwardly. Colette outwardly, beautiful but very fragile. Inwardly she was as tough as Lennie. My Sherry was a combination of both, to me the best of both worlds, tough and beautiful.
Colette & Sonny at The Alamo, San Antonio, near Paula
(Colette, Sonny (me at back with the movie camera) Leaving the Set of Dallas, before JR got shot!)
Sherry and I were known as the travelers. So after retirement we moved back to the hometown area, and trips started. Great family times from Thanksgiving to Christmas. But the day after Christmas we rented a van large enough for the three couples. the girls would decide where we wanted to go, and off we went. New Orleans, San Antonio, Key West, Cape Canaveral, the Grand old Opry and Graceland (Colette was in love with Elvis).
(The girls with an astronaut)
(Me, Colette, Sonny and Lennie Leaving the Shuttle)
(Me stealing a kiss from Lennie at a motel above Miami)
Other Trips were to Canada with Lennie and Elmer where I taught Youth Camp for a week. We took separate trips to Nova Scotia with each couple. Across country and all over the USA with Collette and Sonny.
Sonny & Colette at ‘My Old Kentucky Home’
(Elmer and Lennie at Frankenmuth, MI)
(As we drove past Niagara Falls one year, I believe this is the Canadian side)
I found it great married to a family of sisters, and wow, how I miss Lennie and Colette. They were so alive and so much fun. Our jokes, escapades and trips could fill a book. Aren’t memories great. so today, the day after Christmas, I still get a high thinking of wonderful people, SISTERS.
We still have Elmer, in his 80’s not in great health but he still lives alone in a house they asked me to build. I no longer have my buddy Sonny, but he too fills this day with great memories.
I refuse a get down anymore, Christmas is a wonderful time, but everyday I am allowed to walk has gotta be GOOD!
Thanks for coming this way.
It is both what you had and what you have, that makes life wonderful.
I could be wrong, but to me it was 1955 when the car companies debuted the unique paint jobs. Before this there were the daring two tones, top and bottom.