I met Elaine in 1960 at an election party when President John Kennedy was elected at the home of Mary Van and David Finley. I was twenty-five. I will be eighty -one next month. This was in Poughkeepsie, New York. We did not know who won the election until the next day.
Elaine and Bob had a new baby girl.
Elaine had worked at Wappingers Falls Central School the previous year with Many Van Finley.
I was teaching there at the time with Mary Van and rode to school with Mary Van. The three of us were southern girls. There was a connection.
The next period of time is a little foggy. We had the worst Winter in years with over two feet of snow at one time twice. Pictures of the Kennedy
inauguration show one of them. Elaine and Bob
lived way out in Wappingers in a house on a farm they had rented. It seems as if Elaine and
I had become friends as soon as we had met.
I remember visiting Elaine there several times.
She had a beautiful smile and a very soft Southern accent. We enjoyed talking.
The next school year I did not teach. I had a
baby. We moved to Wappingers Falls. Elaine
and Bob moved to De Garmo Hills Road which was very close to where we lived. We visited
in the afternoons when we both got cars. We
each added another child.
Elaine and I were thousands of miles away from home. We had left the girl friends we grew up with. The severe weather in the winter kept you isolated. She was my true friend through this.
As our children grew up we had a lot of time to
go shopping in the afternoons. We would treat
ourselves to nice lunches.
Elaine started substituting on long assignments
in Arlington. I kept Celeste. She eventually got a permanent job in Wappingers. She encouraged me to go to New Paltz and get my
Permanent Teaching certification in New York
State which I did, just in time to move back to
Elaine was a very good friend when I had no mother, sister, childhood friend or college friend around.
Elaine was a beautiful person, inside and outside. I am so sorry we did not keep more
in touch after we moved back to Texas 36 years ago.
Rest in peace, my dear friend.