forty days. forty stories.
Loved to eat Loved to tease and be teased. ( Still true! )
As a little girl had head full of heavy, long hair (Still true ) which caught her fast to a huge thistle plant out in the pasture that was as tall as she was. Jeanette came running for Mom, so went out and stripped her loose, strand by strand.
Very expressively pleasant and happy till displeased – then strongly expressive (Bill , is that still true?)
Worked hard to make everyone happy around her, even as a tot! (Still true)
Flicked eyebrow when making a point ( Still does.)
Flew in Daddy’s small plane to West VA to visit cousin Kristen before a month old, again the next month While very small flew with Daddy to visit family in Alabama , Connecticut and the Jersey shore .
(maybe a premonition of why she was Daddy’s flying buddy- always ready to go and later becoming a pilot herself)
Was best playmates with her sister, Jeanette, who created all sorts of farm adventures from swimming in the creek to riding horses and even pigs -Could always depend on them coming back wet , dirty or muddy. But they had fun!
Afraid of snakes and the dark
-A favorite story is of sending Julie out to the barn after dark to get her dad for dinner . She was so scared she cried that “something would get” her. After insisting nothing ever got any of us going out there and she’d better get there and get him, she went . ( How I wish I had kept her scared of something as the years went on to world adventuring , making Mother’s fears into nightmares that something would “get her” , especially all those 14,000+ miles on the motorbike in Africa — alone . ) When people asked if I ever guessed Julie would choose this life style or “How did she ever get this way?”, I always wonder… was it that night I made her go to the barn? PAYBACK, MAMA, PAYBACK!
Loved bling and bold colors – check out the prom gowns !
Loved 4H and sports, but was not as highly competitive as her sister. That does not pertain to board games does it , Julie?
Dr Suess’s , OH THE PLACES YOU’LL GO , seems like an appropriate book to describe where Julie has taken her life and mine as her mother and her main fan!
I’ve learned more about the world than I ever imagined , as I track her and research her latest place.
As your Mom, all I can say is , YOU’VE BEEN A REAL Loving 40-year TRIP , JULIE !
Wishing you many more! Love, Mom