We celebrated our 50th anniversary at a fancy resort

We had our celebration two weekends ago. It was our 50th wedding anniversary. We were married at the First Methodist Church in Brady. Bro. Loyd Benton of the Rochelle Baptist Church and the Rev. Ray May, Methodist church pastor of Brady did the ceremony. Jerrell Rice was best man, and Ila’s sister, Virginia, was maid of honor. Don Neal, Edmund Ellison and Roy Ragsdale were ushers. It was Friday, June 29, at 4 p.m. Norman Bell had my bachelor’s party. It seems impossible to have been married 50 years. It seems like 15 or 20 years. In another way it seems we have been married since junior high school. Our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and their spouses took us to San Antonio where we lived when we were first married. We stayed at the Hyatt resort about 15 miles west of San Antonio, across from Sea World. A beautiful place with golf course and all. The meal for the evening was great, at the country club, but prices were out of sight. I can’t eat but looking at the menu, the cheapest thing I saw was $27.50. Then for breakfast Saturday morning, I thought this won’t be bad. . .two eggs, $9.95 (with bacon $15.95)! I asked the waiter if they were having a price war with McDonald’s. He didn’t answer. During the meal the kids asked what the difference was in 1951 to 2001 as far as food is concerned. I told them we ate out very often with a vendor on San Pedro Street, where you could fix your own hot dog for 10′. Now on pay day we would go to Christie’s on Broadway for a seafood platter for $1.25, and if we were out late at night, we would go to Earl Abel’s on Hildebrand and Broadway. If we were really broke, we could go to the base at Lackland AFB, and I could eat free, and on Wednesdays the new recruits for the WAFS (Women Air Force) would be there, and I could let Ila go through the line with them and eat free. Today highways and cars are much better, but we drove our ’50 Ford 75 and 80 miles per hour. That was stupid as a lot of things we did. Anyway, it was fun and

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