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"R" is for Raines - My Maiden Name!

"R" is for Raines ... that's my maiden name.  Here are the folks that made me possible.  Doris and Jim are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary here ... and they were married 67 years ... when Mother died.  They were an interesting couple ... five kids ... never apart with exception of his WWII service ... and seldom passed a day without squabbling over something!  They mastered the art of squabbling ... and something was right about it  ... because they had a long marriage!  They were devout Southern Baptist ... believed in taking care of folks who needed help ... and never hesitated to "whip our butts" if we were bad in church!  I am their baby child, spoiled rotten ... and proud of it!  In this picture, Mother's life had already been taken over by Alzheimer's ... but she enjoyed our little party and was still pretty healthy, otherwise.


On Valentine's Day, I will make a visit to their gravesite.  In their elder years, Daddy started buying mother a single red rose on Valentines Day.  After she died, he continued his tradition and we laid the rose on her grave.  I stood at her grave the first time we did that and promised him that I would always do it after he was gone.  He and I shared one more Valentines Day together ...
and now I go by myself. 

Happy Valentines Day Mother and Daddy!


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