During the last few weeks, this woman from Ima surely has enjoyed phone calls and visits with friends from Quay County. From the time we moved into town in 1939, I have had eye strain from looking for people from throughout the area and having a chance to do some talking and listening.
Bill and Betty Upton from Hassell called one day to do some visiting, and we had a most pleasant time remembering other days. Bill asked if I remembered the Young Store at McAlister and then told about his mother taking him there in a buggy to do some trading. I can surely imagine that was quite a trip as it wasn’t always an easy one in a car. Eldon Blackburn, also from Hassell, stopped by the museum and took time to do a little talking.
Barbara Copeland, now of Amistad, but originally from Quay, stopped by the museum one afternoon so we could both admire the beautiful painting she provided for the dust jacket on our book. She told me what I might see on the county roads I had seen her driving along. I always like to try such roads but hadn’t taken that particular one.
Tommie Storrie Strain, now of Ohio, called to some visiting and cause me to recall the Storrie family and to remember the days during which Kirk was one of my students, as well as how respected that family was in the community.
Jerry and Pam Northcutt of the Grady area allowed me to pause beside their table at Del’s to catch up on news and to learn they had received about an inch and a half of moisture during the last week at their place near Ima. That visit led me into calling Sunny Dunning of Grady in order to check on my limited mental powers and to ask a few questions. He left me asking myself even more questions to try to figure out what I had intended to write and what I had written.
Although I see Dick and Reba O’Riley and Mrs. Donah Cooper almost every week, I was particularly interested in our visit this week when Reba told me she had hit an important birthday, thus making me feel my own age. I go along fairly well until I see my students and hear them talking about their ages. Of course, Mrs. Cooper and I are rather close friends because of our Ima heritage.
Travis Nelson from Nara Visa stopped by the barn on the museum groounds one day to check on my temporary office and to do some talking about the past and some of her early memories of school. When she and I don’t see each other in town, we often run into each other in Las Cruces during homecoming events at NMSU.
We become more aware all the time just how fortunate we are to live in our Quay County and to know so many people with whom we can visit for a few minutes or a few hours. Rarely can we go outdoors without seeing a familiar face and without greeting friends and acquaintances. We miss a lot by having rather limited local news, but we make up for lost time when we have a chance to see each other and to catch up on the latest happenings.