There are advantages to moving and advantages of remaining in one area during your lifetime. Sherry’s sister Colette married Sonny (who later became my closest friend). Sonny never lived more than 5 blocks from where he was born. He was born at a mill village in Paw Creek NC. His parents worked in the mill, and when he was old enough he worked in the mill. He remained at the mill village until the Mill was closed and sold. He then bought one of the mill houses and lived there until he passed away. In our life time we have had over 25 addresses.
I was always amazed that Sonny planted four or five oak trees around that house. When he planted them they were 1” little poles. When he passed away they were giant oaks I could not reach around. Sonny was a homeboy. Not many people live to grow their on shade.
He and Colette visited us only once in all the places we lived. They came to Washington DC and enjoyed the tourist time there, but were anxious to get home.
This all came up because of what I have said for years. Sherry and I have gone into a McDonalds and grocery stores in every state and many counties in this USA. We can go in and leave in a normal length of time. BUT in Belmont, NC, huh uh! Just yesterday a stranger walked over to Sherry and asked if she knew Betty D, you look just like her.
From that they learned as all hometowner’s do, they know the same IMPORTANT people, beauticians, etc. As they talked, a man came over and asked jokingly if she was bothering us. “Yes, I know I am,” she said, “I need to let y’all alone.” Then continued to talk 10 more minutes. LOL
We stopped by their table and learned that we both knew of the man’s family, he was the grandson of one of the towns police chiefs, Chief Hoover. I jokingly said I knew your Grandpa President Hoover. Without skipping a beat he said, “You should have known my uncle Vacuum Hoover!”
That is hometown people, tight group! Are you one?