Kirby: Vacation trip fulfills lifelong dream

Wheresoever you go – go with all your heart.

 

– Confucius

 

The best summer vacations are the ones that fulfill a lifelong dream.

That’s what happened a few weeks ago with Larry Heath, of Evans, who got to see this year’s Indianapolis 500, courtesy of his wife and daughter.

“This trip was arranged by my wife Anita and my daughter Jessi Heath, as a gift,” he wrote in a note with his postcard. “This was a lifetime dream for me to be there for the opening ceremony, the parade laps and the race itself. It was a wonderful experience for a longtime ‘car guy’ and race fan.

“I was also able to remember and honor my fallen comrades from Vietnam. The playing of Taps was a very emotional moment for me. My daughter accompanied me on the trip and it was an experience I will always remember.”

We got a Tennessee card with many, many names written in tiny, tiny print from the Trinity Trekers who were on their way home from seeing the “Ark Park” in Kentucky. Travelers included: Mr. and Mrs. J.I. Converse, Greg Halfield, Deborah Woo and Donna Woo, the Allisons, the Whitworths, the Haywoods, Isabelle Boozer, Marena Smith, Donna Conrad, Bertha Thomas and many others.

(The postcard took a slight detour when the post office delivered it to the Return Address instead of the newspaper, but we got it eventually.)

George Dean, of Augusta, sent postcards showing Alaskan ice pilots. He also sent a very funny postcard labeled “Freud the Barber,” showing the father of psychoanalysis trimming hair and solving Oedipal issues as if he were the inquisitive “Floyd the Barber” of the old Andy Griffith Show.

George said he liked it because he was a barber and his son was a psychologist.

 

YOUR OLD PICTURES: Our old friend Bill Baab would like your help. He is researching the World War II prisoners of war camps at Camp Gordon and Daniel Field and wonders if any readers have any photos. Many prisoners worked at area farms and businesses, Bill points out, replacing the labor force then serving overseas.

You can contact Bill by email at riverswamper@comcast.net or call him at (706) 736-8097.

 

SHARE YOUR VACATION: Share your vacation travels and see if we can get all 50 states. Just send your postcards to me at the Augusta Chronicle, 725 Broad St., Augusta, GA 30901.

 

TODAY’S JOKE: Finding one of her students making faces at others on the playground, Miss Smith stopped to gently reprove the child. Smiling sweetly, the Sunday school teacher said, “Johnny, when I was a child, I was told if that I made ugly faces, it would freeze and I would stay like that.”

“Well, Miss Smith,” Johnny said, studying her for a moment, “you can’t say you weren’t warned.”

 

Reach Bill Kirby at (706) 823-3344 or bill.kirby@augustachronicle.com.

Johnny Rio 3 months ago
About the POW Germans and Italians working for the farmers around the area, I recall my relatives when I was a kid talking about their experience with POWs working on my grandparents' farm in Aiken County. I would ask if they ever made any trouble or tried to get away with my childhood perceptions of WWII and Germans. They would laugh and say the prisoners were happy working on the farm. In the Southern, country way of making every visitor feel welcome, my grandparents made them sweet tea and fed them from what I was told. Quite a contrast from being a prisoner in the Soviet Union I imagine.

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