.. Jackie L Darnell Jr Discovered America in 1958
Cars from 1958:
Caddy & Chevy
For Monday, August 31, 1958:
Many of you know some history of pregnancies. Well in 1958 folks used old-wives tales to guess what the lady was carrying, i.e. ‘If she is carrying the baby high, it will be a boy’, etc.
I was in the USAF and Sherry was expecting. We were very active in church. Most of the church attendees were military and like a big family. We were all away from our ‘real’ homes, so we sorta formed a family.
I bragged about we were going to have a son, I even put his name in our family Bible dated August __, 1958.
I figured I was safe, BUT THEN COMES THE 31ST AND STILL NO BABY BOY!!!
However the Lord took mercy on me and Sherry went into labor that afternoon towards evening.
I have told this story hundreds of times. The ladies of the church thought I deserved some payback. When I had taken Sherry to the hospital, they told me to go home they did not need me. They would call and let me know if they did. I left the preacher’s number and Mother-in-law and I went to the preacher’s house to wait. Word spread quickly among our group.
About 7PM the phone rang and the preacher’s wife answered and said, “He is right here!” and handed me the phone.
“Airman Darnell here,” I said nervously.
“Airman Darnell, this is nurse Thomas at the Keesler Hospital, You have a beautiful healthy girl, 7 pounds 13 oz.”
I was in shock after all my bluster, I hung up the phone. And told everyone what I had just heard the Pastor’s wife asked, “When can you see her?”
“I don’t know, I forgot to ask.” Silence. In the room…..
A few minutes later the phone rang again and the pastor’s wife handed me the phone. It was the same voice, “Jack, I’m sorry the joke was in poor taste, this is Mary, I hope you get a call soon about your son.”
I breathed better but realize not only was the possibility of a daughter real, but the clock was ticking toward the end of August.
My Lord had mercy on an idiot, Later near 11 PM I got the call, “A healthy son born at 10:35 PM Central Standard Time.” WHEW!!!
So now Sherry has a son 62 and eligible for Social Security, as we motor down the road……. He is driving.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACK, LOVE YOU!
(WHAT?I AM REALLY ELIGIBLE FOR SOCIAL SECURITY?)
PS: Susie, Sherry’s mama did not appreciate the joke at all, but said not a word. She was such a sweet woman, the best Mother in Law a guy could ever have. She traveled to Mississippi for Jack’s birth and to Missouri for Mark’s birth.