(This is my NOV 6th entry, since it has been taking over a day to post once submitted.)
She was cute ( Oh, I told you that didn’t I?)
She was born on the Climax Mill Village, at home in a Mill house. She had a very cute mama and a handsome dad. She was sixth in a family of seven. Grade school and HS was with the same folk in Belmont, NC. She still sees many of her class mates.
(Next to the last row,3rd over from the teacher)
Sherry lived in two mill villages, First the Climax, then the Imperial. She lived in the same house while attending school. She was a member of the Beta Club and the first in her family to graduate High School, a big accomplishment. She paid for the first phone in their home, going to work when she was 16 and continuing school. Her family never owned a car.
(I love this pic. my wild and wonderful girl)
A stroke of fate allowed us to meet. She had planned to quit school and move to Burlington, NC before I moved to Belmont. Had that happened I would have never met my LOVE.
When she stayed in school she had dreams of becoming a Nurse, those plans were dashed when I moved into town. .
To know my girl, you need to know her mom.
A woman of pioneer stock and frugal, because growing up she had very little. On the pay of 10¢ an hour at 10 yrs old to $1 an hour 45 years later, she handled the finances of the family and actually paid to have two houses built for her family and one for a handicapped brother. An amazing feat on cotton mill pay. That is what Sherry came from.
(My Sweetheart’s Graduation Picture)
We fell in love in HS. She graduated, I quit. She took a chance on a dropout with very little promise, That was over 57 years ago, and a multitude of career changes.
In our marriage she has helped manage our finances. We both hated debt and lived that way. This lady has followed me all over the world, never once complained. I made a lot of promises, most WE fulfilled but not without this girl living in a 26’ house trailer, 30’ and 42 ft. house trailer. She did not complain even in a leaning, converted chicken coop or a house with no inside plumbing.
(On our cheap transportation outside the 32’ house trailer in Mississippi)
Once the kids were in school she attended a business school and began her own career in Civil Service. She worked for the USN and the US Army.
(On the job)
Together we were able to build three custom homes in the later years. Susie her mama died at 61 years old, if she were alive today she would be very proud of her baby girl, I sure am.
I have never told her until this week, But HER birthday was the best thing that ever happened to me.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHERRY, THE BEST AND PRETTIEST WIFE IN THE WORLD.
To my girl: As I have told you hundreds of times:
I am the luckiest guy in the world.
Before we kick the bucket I would like to drive her around in one of these. My two dreams above, her’s below: