Aston Concept car:
Aston Concept car:
WE heard the door bell, not many folks drop by other than Jack Jr. A man was at the door with a mask on. I knew he was familiar, but the mask was discombobulating to me. He was feeding me some hogwash about being from the county and wondering about the houses next door.
When he raised the mask it was Bobby Franklin, we have been friends for years. Our dads were dead eye buddies in the 1930s before me ’n Bobby were even thought of.
His wife is Violet, she had a sister Pansy. What was sorta odd was I had just ran across a 3rd grade picture of Pansy and had been thinking of the family, especially Bobby and Violet.
The Franklins and my family were close in the 30s, in Gastonia. My family moved away just as the 40s rolled around and I was an infant. The Franklins then moved to the Belmont area and the kids were raised on the Imperial Mill Hill where Sherry was raised. So the Franklins were friends on both sides of our family.
As we talked, Bobby said to me, “You know I found my wife on the Imperial.”
“I did too.” Was my reply.
It is such a kick to have some time with an old friend. Bobby had dropped Violet off at the dentist and they has said the procedure was going to be at least a couple hours, so he was driving around town seeing all the changes. It has been a long time since they lived in this area.
Bobby could not find our house so he called Jim Arp who owns the run down houses next door, to get directions. I had no idea they were good friends.
Anyway today I am just thinking of some quality time spent with an old friend. It was such a joy. Bobby kept apologizing for dropping by without calling and I kept assuring him this is one of the best things that has happened in a while. He told me something I did not know. He came home late (after midnight) while a senior in HS. He had a car, and his dad took the keys to the car and he had to walk to school and work. So like me he quit school, I didn't know that story. I thought he graduated. I really don’t have that many friends anymore, I have out lived them. So I cherish this time, it is a joy!
One thing about these ‘small towns’ ask around long enough and you will learn you are nearly kin to folks. Sherry & Violet are not kin but do have some of the same 1st cousins.