A nice old car
1938 Plymouth coupe
Below is a picture of the High School where Sherry attended and graduated. I spent a couple of years here also. But the picture is not about that, because Sherry was still a baby the year this was built 39-40. The point I wanted to make was the cost of construction of this project was $195,000. Look at that cream colored brick building and think, $195,000.
Funny that, most of the people who attended, now live in homes that cost that much or more. BUT back then a Pepsi and a pack of cheese crackers were 5 cents each. If you smoked, cigarettes were 15 cents a pack or a $1 a carton. Now I am told cigarettes can cost as much as $7-9 a PACK. I was once a smoker and enjoyed the habit but I did quit. (Note: Quitting ‘WEREN’T’ EASY, LOL!)
But this is about change, and time does change the life around us. Labor wages were less than $.50 an hour at the time the BHS was built.
In the 1970s I received orders to Albany, GA to teach Naval Intelligence Processing System (NIPS). The base was due to close in a year. Plains, GA was just up the road BUT the name Jimmy Carter was an unknown at the time.
We met Chief Doughton and family. Our likes, dislikes and family values were compatible, we became friends. Joan was outgoing, the life of the party or gathering. That couple could dance! I understand they still can. She has an infectious laugh. They have a beautiful family very mannerly.
Sherry and I are well acquainted with Alzheimer’s and dementia, but it still takes you aback when a close friend does not know you. I have seen personality changes in dementia victims, but this Joan has the same outgoing personality she has always had. She carries on a general conversation with ease. If you did not get ‘specific', things would seem normal. She talked to us, like we ‘are’, old friends, but she has no idea who we are. The human brain is amazing.
If you KNOW, YOU understand. If you do not know, I pray you NEVER know personally.