|Bill - Toccoa Georgia - 1933|
Bill's father died when Bill was only one year old in an automobile accident. Bill was raised by his mother and a step-father. He did not have a good relationship with his step-father. That is a long and sad story that I won't go into here but will only say that Bill left Toccoa as soon as he graduated from high school and joined the Air Force. In that respect Bill's history and mine are very similar. I didn't get along with my father either and I left home and joined the Army as soon as I graduated from high school.
Today I accompanied Bill while he visited some of his old haunts in Toccoa and surrounding areas. We visited his grandfather's home where he once spent several weeks after his mother and step-father had a ferociou argument and farmed the kids out. We also visited the Stephens County Courthouse where I stepped into my first ever courtroom. What a fabulous experience that was! The court room was almost exactly like the one featured in the movie "The Scopes Monkey Trial" or whatever the name of that movie was. I even sat in the judge's chair and banged the gavel! What a thrill that was. I have video of that which I will post when I get home. I'm at my brother and sister-in-law's home in Greenville now. I can't download any of my pictures or videos to her computer. That will have to wait until I get home.
It was quite hot in Toccoa this afternoon. Just like last year when we visited. We're going back tomorrow to visit Curahee Mountain, Toccoa Falls, and the cemetery where I'm going to meet with one of my fellow Find a Grave volunteers who graciously took picture's of some headstones for Bill a couple of years ago.
When our visit to Toccoa ends tomorrow afternoon we're off to Townsend, Tennessee and Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountians National Park, one my absolute favorite places in the world.
It's late now, I have my journal entries to make yet then it's time to go to bed. No naps on this vacation. My right eyelind is dropping. A sure sign that Ron Is Tired. I'm feeling good though because that evil incarnation that was Osama bin Laden is now gone from the face of this earth and now whopping it up with his forty virgins.