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We Met at the Fair!

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The Kentucky State Fair was this week in Louisville…

Pretty good weather… a little rain… a little heat…

but, it all says FAIR!  … 11898679_10207321069173929_449170119076491907_n

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Krispy Cream Do-Nut Burgers…

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Entertainment Headliners!…

Tomorrow is the last day… and we haven’t made it yet…

Chemo is not good for Fair going… but, this weekend feeling better…

so maybe tomorrow…

If not… we have many “fond” memories…

This is where I met my husband Bobby14102255_10208814191770031_4862931630132338400_n

You can say “Freddy Farm Bureau” was a match maker!

Bobby was in the US ARMY at Fort Knox, KY…

and me just a “young thing” as he called me…

out of High School for about a year and working at South Central Bell… as a long distance operator…

My friends and I were hanging out at the Fair… taking in the views…

Midway… Foods… Entertainment… Heritage Hall where EVERYTHING is sold…

but…

especially the ARMY EXHIBIT!…

where the young soldiers were sitting on tracksu14839071, tanks, etc. overseeing the equipment  display for the Army base…

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Of course we talked to quite a few of the guys…

They were from out-of-townk23526748 (Bobby from Georgia) and loved talking and of course trying to get a date from some of the local gals…

YES!… that was me!…

I met Bobby… talked… and said I would meet him another night at the barracks where they were staying…

Always we went together with other friends…

I think we much smarter than some of the youth of today…

He had been in uniform evey time I had seen him at the Fair…but, this night he was in civilian clothes…

and as I have told others… Liked him from the beginning…

looks…

southern accent…

but, mainly his talk of his Momma… brothers and sisters… friends…

I knew he was from a wonderful family…

It just showed!…

We married 6 months later  k11051994

We went to visit his family… My first airplane flight… k19057601

returned and found a place to stay for a month until he left…

We only had one month before he was off to Viet Nam…

The rest is history…

He made it home safe…

we had two sons…

bought our first house… and lived happier ever after…

and really we did!…

Of course life threw in a few obstacles… but, being together… has been awesome…

A simple life… but, a loving, fun, happy one…

and all from meeting at the KY STATE FAIR! 13103341_10153712515898002_1719636575778966297_n… 48 years ago!

 

 

 

My Favorite “Kentucky State Fair” Memory!”

We went to our Kentucky State Fair  last night…This is where my husband and I first met… He was in the Army , stationed at Fort Knox , KY…and was there with a display of tanks…My girlfriends and I were looking around at all the exhibits…but, this one especially caught our eye…all those cute soldiers in uniform…I think you get the gest…As always with girls and guys…you start to talk…and then you make a connection …I started dating Bobby from that night on… He was from Macon,Georgia…and had a really southern accent…This lasted from September until the end of January… because at this time he was given his orders  to go to Viet Nam … He would be leaving by the end of February…We were married February 1,1969 …Thank goodness, he arrived home safe 1 year later…and now we have been married 42 years …have two sons and three grandchildren…and I can say…”very happy!”…We have tried to go to the Kentucky State Fair ever since…have missed maybe 2-3…Now, being older…our looking is more at the displays…We look at homemade quilts , fancy decorated cakes , fish tanks, funky lamps, pretty plants , unusual decorated Christmas Trees, original art work , homemade clothing, antique toys and memorbilia…We smell the corn dogs , hamburgers made of Krispie Cream Donuts??? , fried Kool-Aid dough???, funnel cakes , lots of varieties of fudge, pork chop sandwiches, ice cream, cold drinks like lemonade…Your taste buds water and your stomach starts to crave at least one of those enticing foods… We view some of the displays selling everything from feather hair pieces  for little girls to windows for your house…You name it and it is there!… The Midway we leave to the younger generation…twirling rides and high ferris wheels  …We only stayed a couple of hours…you would need the whole day to view everything or maybe two…and I have done that in years past…but, now a couple of hours of hitting the high spots is plenty…My favorite memory  has now been with me for 42 years…Thanks to the Ky State Fair!

 

“My Kids!”…

There she sits on a blanket   that is spread on the floor in her parent’s booth…It’s at the Kentucky State Fair …her parents sell beautiful glass figurines…tiny ones and very elaborate ones …She is holding a fluffy duster with a handle…I’m sure it is used for the fragile glass objects that are sitting all around…her Mom is busy with some figuring … receipts  from sales I presume…I say, “I thought you said you might not be here this year”… As she looks up she recognizes me and I get a hug…We talk briefly about what we have both been doing…I tell her, “I thought I’d see if you were here”…She says they have been traveling a lot…they sit up at military bases …I tell her I am now retired and others have left since me…She says,”I saw Andrea a couple of nights ago”…Andrea and I had worked together for several years…We had her daughter in our classroom for a couple of years, who is the one sitting on the floor…Tracy is 32 years old now…looks just like I remember her when she was 12…Her lukemia has made her hair very thin…which she had been diagnosed with when she was in our classroom…She is in remission…As I walk over to her, she says my name…”Mrs. Griffin!”…she never forgets…She smiles her pretty smile but, seems a little shy …She sees me only once a year… at the Fair…She has always had coloring books and crayons  with her …but, this year Mom says she has been reading…She shows me her books… Books that I read when I was probably 12 years old …One given her by Andrea, “The Wizard of Oz”   …She and Tracy are proud of her accomplishment…More grown up …We talk several more minutes before I tell Tracy,  “I still have the Cinderella”  glass slipper  you picked out  for me many years ago”….She smiles as if surprised…I wish her well with her reading and I get another hug from Mom…I guess you could say…This is my second best memory of the Kentucky State Fair!