Long ago, there were 3 little girls born within the same family circle.
It was 1949...and their roots ran deep in the Fulkerson clan.
They were...& still are 1st cousins!
Cherie, Sheila & Luana
about 3 years old
I grew up in the small little Missouri town where our Mom's & Dad's were from,
while job opportunities took aunts & uncles in other directions.
It was Grandma's hometown also, so through the years, family
members would gather for holidays, summer vacations, hunting trips,
or just times to be together.
My family always enjoyed the benefits of living where Grandma did
and our house was used for beds when the crowd was very large.
We loved it when company was coming!
For a couple of years, Luana & her family moved to Hallville
and we were so excited to be in the same classroom.
Cherie & her family lived in St. Joseph, Missouri.
We all three married at a young age & began our families.
Luana & I both lived in the Kansas City area & before our babies
came along, spent a lot of weekends together.
And we would all get together when it came family reunion time.
Last October, I made a trip to visit my sister in Kansas & we
had a lunch date with our cousins.
As usual, I invited Cherie to come see me sometime.
She told me that she was going to surprise me and really come...
and she did!
Early in May, Luana & Cherie caught a flight to Indiana
and spent six days with us.
You can tell by the above photo that we had a great time!
Luana & her family had been here many times before,
but in almost 44 years,
it was the first time that Cherie had ever been in our home.
On a cold, damp, blustery day, we traveled through the rolling hills
of southern Indiana, to Stream Cliff Farm,
one of my favorite places to take my out of town guests.
But this day was almost unbearably chilly
& we skipped the opportunity to walk through the gardens.
We had lunch in Twigs & Sprigs Tea Room
and I had their delicious Verbena Lemonade!
We browsed through the shops & snapped silly photos of each other.
The next day warmed up a bit & we traveled west to Nashville...
Indiana that is--picturesque Brown County.
Luana & Cherie met up with this old geezer right away.
Nashville is full of all kinds of shops
but I took them to some of my favorites.
Lunch was at The Hob Knob where I neglected to shoot a picture!
And that evening we walked out back to Bob's car shop
and let him show off his cars & memorabilia to Cherie.
Luana strutting her stuff in by the '57
Cherie drooling over the '67 Vette.
Lu getting frisky with Elvis!
Cherie flirting with our famous Hoosier, James Dean.
(There is no smoking in Bob's Car Shop--so he painted
out Jame's cigarette!)
All 3 of us trying to look like little girls.
(It didn't work!)
Family came to visit...Steve with his cousins...
Karen popped in for a little bit to say "hi"...
the sun came out & we walked around my yard to see what was blooming...
and Bob surprised Cherie with a fast ride in his Corvette!
See her yelling as they pull out of the driveway?
We had a wonderful few days together--
getting to really know each other--
sharing family tales
laughing until we had tears in our eyes--
sometimes sharing heartaches,
better understanding each other--
and promising to get together again.
We found out that none of us are Spring Chicks!
Luana has trouble with her feet & can't hear a lick..
causing Cherie & I to crack up when she would start
talking about something completely different than we were.
Cherie has had serious back problems & at one point
wasn't sure she could make the trip.
I have had knee problems & recently had to get a
cortizone shot in order to be able to climb my stairway.
So...we are thinking that maybe our next little get together
should be sooner than later.
Our "old lady-ness" caused lots of laughs.
All of our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles are gone.
We, along with quite a few other cousins
are what is left.
And we aren't quite ready for the family circle to fade away.
that's what it is all about.