Living in one's home area for over three quarters of a century provides more privileges than we can begin to count. At the top of the list, of course, is the privilege of having friends from all stages of our lives. Being able to meet and greet them adds pleasure to each day and makes us aware of just how fortunate we are.
One day last week, for instance, I had the chance to visit with friends who chose to talk about my parents, and that really added to the joy of that day. First, Casey Jimenez, a classmate and friend since 1939, handed me a clipping about Dad, and that opened the door for both of us to delve into the past. His dad, Blas Jimenez, worked with Dad as jailor during Dad's first two terms as sheriff. Casey and I exchanged a number of memories about those years and many of the later ones. Those of you who remember Blas are much aware of Casey's resemblance to him. That smile always reminds me of Blas as does the wonderful sense of humor. If a person doesn't listen carefully, he is apt to miss the subtle humor and can but wonder just what was being said. I certainly enjoyed our conversation and am looking forward to the next one.
Later in the day, I saw another classmate and her husband, Ruby and Moises Romero. Ruby and I exchanged a number of memories and comments about the present before Moises joined us to reminisce about his experiences while helping Dad during the time he had the feedyards and the time we were beginning to move to town permanently. He had many kind words to say about Dad and how much he had learned from him. I could tell he learned a lot about hard work, such as Dad tried to teach me, especially during our ranching years. Long hours of work were to be expected each day, and much had to be learned in order to keep up with Dad because he was a bit stern about anyone who lagged behind.
Being able to visit about our parents with friends who knew them so well is always a special treat. Being able to recount stories about our families and earlier experiences just automatically makes life in this home area very rewarding. Being able to talk about our schools years from the beginning also adds to the pleasure of life around here. As we visit, we relax and just enjoy whatever subjects come to mind. The smiles, the laughter, the conversations and the emotions can be seen at a glance as we visit. As we part, we know we are looking forward to our next visit. This is a good life and a good place in which to live it!
Lynn Moncus is a Tucumcari resident and can be contacted through the Quay County Sun by calling 575-461-1952.