Thursday, July 19, 2012

Misconceptions & Marriage

Growing up in the south, there was a very big misunderstanding about the great USA. I don’t know where I got the idea, but my idea was above the Mason Dixon line was sky scrapers and cities.  Below that was mostly agriculture. To me Agriculture was cotton and Tobacco the staples of North Carolina. folks grew corn for families and animals to be able to go get that tobacco and cotton! LOL We grew tomatoes, cabbage, potatoes and collards (along with onions) for families.

The mountains of NC were covered with Apple orchards and the flat lands of South Carolina was filled with Peaches. That was my knowledge until I joined the military. In the USMC I met Dallas Fletcher. We became friends. Dal talked like a country boy, but how could that be, he was from Pennsylvania? He talked about a strange named river called the Susquehanna. We would drive out some evenings  thru the country around Camp Lejeune, and Dal would talk about the farm lands of PA. He said they probably had more farm lands than NC. (It was years later before I believed him.) haha.


(Taken just outside their trailer )

The thing that drew Dallas and I together was girls. He had a girl in PA, Marion. I had a great looking girl named Sherry. We were both determined to marry these girls. Dal would hitch hike to PA on a weekend to see Marion, and I would load up a bunch or Marines, who would pay me $5 apiece for a round trip to The Gastonia, NC area. Of course That paid for the gas and a date with my Girl Sherry.

Dal & I became close because instead of spending our time at the club, we would talk for hours about our girls. Fact is, We did marry pretty soon, and  lived close to each other in the Base trailer park. We grew closer; Marion and Dal, Sherry & I. After discharge we continued Christmas cards and Pictures of the families as they grew. The kind of friends that mean something thru life.

Marion and Dallas (Now called Robert) & Sherry and I have been married over 55 years. We were serious about these girls.


The Fletchers stopped by our motor home while they were visiting Florida in 2011.


(Marion is still taller than Sherry, Sherry never grew up! She is still my cute little thing)


The Fletchers live not far from here and we got  to see them.  Like us, they have tried many things, they settled with raising Turkeys and have done well.

We love them like brother and sister.

Thanks for coming this way.

Nite Shipslog


Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.


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1932 Detroit Electric

“We have been trying electric for a long time, you would have thought we had it right, if it was going to work!”


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Wouldn't it be great if everyone could have great marriages like your and your friends. I don't know how it happens that people fall out of love. I never did and congratulate people like you who have loved that same someone for so many years. Glad you got to see your friends there. We are having rain today in Ohio. What a blessing. I was going to head to the camper today but have decided to wait till the thunderstorms pass us by.
Hope you have a wonderful Thursday!

Anonymous said...

Nice story and pics. Good to see husbands and wives staying together and old friends staying in touch!

I too had misconceptions. I had learned a disdain for things Northern and things citified. I think I kind of lumped them together too, especially New York.

shirl72 said...

Glad you got to see old friends.
Not to many in todays world stay
together married and still friends. I do have a friend from
age 15 we still get together. Both
husbands deceased made it to 44 years.

Hope your weather is not like ours.
Storms every afternoon. Stay cool.


Anonymous said...

old friends are great aren't you've been through a lot of life together!

I grew up in southern Virginia...we had the same feeling about the south you did...that life outside the south particularly north was one big CITY! It wasn't until I was 13 and my sister married someone from Cleveland, Ohio that I discovered there was a lot of rural Pennsylvania and Ohio between Virginia and Cleveland!


What a wonderful nod to the institution of marriage and friendship. Glad you and your friends became lifelong buddies. You look like a couple of handsome fellas with some beautiful women on your arms.

DD said...

Beautiful love story, one to be appreciated. I love the picture. You and Sherry have not changed much. Happiness!

Ken Riches said...

Glad you returned the visit with your friends :o)

betty said...

That was so sweet to read about your friends and their long marriage and your friendship over the years! How interesting to raise turkeys; I'm not sure I knew of anyone that had done such a thing!


Paula said...

I think my Mama's favorite thing to do was to go out looking for turkey nest. To stay friends for a long time it takes effort on both sides at least that is what my longtime friend tells me.

Chatty Crone said...

It is not possible that you are married 55 years and them too - you all would have had to marry at age 10. Really.

It is wonderful that you all have been married for so long and are so happy.

And that you have these life time friends - what a gift.


Louis la Vache said...

Re the Detroit Electric - in its early years as a car builder, Studebaker offered both gasoline and electric cars, not being sure at the time which propulsion method would take hold...