We love the drive up through Lincolnton, NC. I always get nostalgic when we pass Lincolnton. The community of High Shoals is near there. Dad’s ony rural pastorate was there. On Sunday evening or Saturday (I don’t remember which.) we would go to town. I looked forward to the jewelry store windows. They always had an attraction (other than jewelry). Sometimes they had an electric train running, a little Merry- Go-round or a jewel box with a little twirling ballerina. I was four or five at the time, I know they lit up my eyes.
High Shoals is where I nearly burned the community down with a broom straw field fire. I was smoking rabbit tobacco and set a fire that burned several acres of broom straw (no trees or houses). Of course I denied any responsibility. It didn’t do much good though! I forced the rod of correction.
WE drove by Startown where I burned out a transmission towing a travel trailer. And go close to Valdese, NC where I spent the 7th & 8th grades and Shirl graduated from High School. WE go through Granite Falls where a friend of dad’s took me fishing once, I caught nothing, Walt Moody always caught something.
We crossed the Catawba river, near where I got the worst sunburn of my life while saving a capsized fishing boat.
This area I am familiar with. Lenoir is where I met Vep Ellis. A preacher, musician, song writer and singer. He was an example to many young people. I thought of him again when I received an e-mail from Fred, mentioning in the e-mail that Vep had taught him music when he was 10 or 12. I don’t think there was an instrument he could not play.
We turned off the main roads and headed into the mountains, our destination and home for a week is called Green Mountain. WE have a wonderful friend from child hood, who lives here, Mary Ann. Love that lady, and are looking forward to seeing her.
Sorry,Gotta go, I just thought of something!
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