Hi southsiders and friends, Strolling around my fantastic neighborhood yesterday, I finally ran into the couple who live across the street from my daughter's school and have Fayette County licence plates. Do you ever do that when you are away from home- start at the sight of a licence plate from your county? "Who's that?!" When I was growing up (and I'm not even that old!) you or your parents would know almost anyone with a Fayette county, for sure!
Anyway, the couple was on their front lawn, and it goes right up to the sidewalk, so I introduced myself and asked them if they were the couple with the Fayette County Licence Plates. And they replied,without missing a beat, "Yes! We do that too!" Donna and Mike, and Mike is retired from guess where? Delta! He was a mechanic for 40 years. (The pic above is approx the view from their front lawn, of the girl whose dad built their house, c.late 50s, with the sch my dau now attends in the bckgrnd) More with M & D anon- but when I received the e-mail below this morning, I was struck by the similarities between my awesome neighborhood in PC and our awesome neighborhood here on the internet. It's the equivilent of you sharing some corn out of your garden. I'll send one of the kids over to tell you next time I'm making ice cream. Marilyn of the West Ender 'got' this right off, evidently, as you can see here: (See next (or last) post for pic.)
"Jeannie, I saw where you had posted a couple of excerpts from this Mr. Davis's book about West End.
This is another excerpt concerning the Southeastern Fair....thought maybe you could use it.
Have a great weekend
On the evening of the parade we all met at the corner of Baker St. and Peachtree to be assigned our chores in the parade. I was assigned to help about eight other youngsters carry this giant dragon with a long tail, it was held by straps that were all down the side of this dragon that measured by my guess about 30 feet long and 10 feet high. I ran and took the very end position at the tip of the long tail, and as the parade started moving down Peachtree St. I realized that I could get a big reaction from all the people who were lined the street when I took that long tail and ran straight for the people stopping only a few feet from them, I did this all the way down Peachtree St. just loving all the reactions that I could get from the crowd, now don't forget that I had already said that there was a lot of "ham' in this kid. After the parade ended the promoters announced that everyone who participated in the parade were to receive two free tickets to get into the fair. Now this is the point where my life changed drastically and this wide eyed 12 year old didn't even know what was coming. And here is where it begins. While I was waiting for my free tickets I couldn't help but notice a girl standing alone who really looked distressed, I walked over and asked if she would tell me what could be wrong, she said that she also had appeared in the parade riding a float dressed up and playing the part of Snow White. Her parents were supposed to pick her up about 20 minutes ago and they still hadn't shown up. Now I could readily see just why she was chosen to portray Snow White, she was a very pretty young lady. Her name was Christine and It turned out that she too was in the same grade at Brown that I was, this shows again that so many of us in the school never had a chance to know the others, ,just such large numbers of us. Any way I said that I would wait with her until her parents came. Which they did after about 10 more minutes ,they had been tied up in all the awful traffic after the parade and were trying desperately to find their daughter.
I don't know how much I could have done to protect Christine but I could see in just a few minutes that she felt much much better by my being there.
When Christines parents finally found us they were visibly upset ,but at the same time thankful that I had stayed with her and tried as much as possible to nake her feel easier about an awful situation. Her parents were going to hear nothing but allowing them to take me to my home because I stayed.
They took me home and all three tahnked me again.
It was hard for me to get this pretty girl out of my mind, Maybe "young love" was striking me right in the heart, but I imagined in my mind that this girl probably had not even given me another thought.
I didn't use my fair tickets on the first day that it opened but waited until it was fair day for all the public schools, I gave my other ticket to Richard ,we asked and my mom agreed to drive us to Lakewood park fairgrounds that afternoon. We had $5.00 dollars each to spend at the fair so it was going to be a stretch to do all that we wanted to do. But we rode our favorite rides, one of them twice and this was the Greyhound roller coaster .We managed to use our money wisely and stay to the time that the fireworks went off. Then we had to ride the bus home after the fair.
The Southeastern Fair was one of the premier events of the year for youngsters.