Friday, February 03, 2017

Old friends

While looking for a picture to post tonight, I came across one taken at our house years ago. It was taken at a party we had one autumn in the 1980s.

The guy on the far right was John Elliott.  He was bigger than life. He was articulate, humorous, a good singer, and a great friend. His father was a U.S. Congressman here in Alabama back in the 50s and early 60s. He ran for governor against George Wallace. I think Alabama would be in a better place right now had he won, but that didn't happen. Carl Elliott Sr. won the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in 1990.

Our friend John learned early in 1993 that he had cancer. His was a kind that was untreatable. He died in March in the worst snow storm on record for the State of Alabama.

Two other people in this picture are no longer with us. Joel and Ann Robinson (far left with their young daughter Jolee standing in between them.)  I love this picture, but I cannot look at it without feeling the pain of loss.



12 comments:

  1. But aren't you glad you have this picture for the memories?

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  2. Oh yes, there are pictures, and then there are PICTURES. I think we all know what you mean about that special PICTURE. Enjoyed the visit as always!

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  3. You were blessed to have such a great friend. Somehow it always seems that the good they die young.
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  4. Great looking group! If I go to look for an old photograph, I end up spending hours looking through all of them and "remembering when".
    Lisa

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  5. Wonderful memories of a great friend. It's a blessing you have that picture. Gone but never forgotten.

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  6. Old photos can be bittersweet. Sorry for the loss of these significant people in your life.

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  7. Memories are good & bad, but they remind us that we lived!!

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  8. An awesome old photo that must bring up so many memories

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  9. This touches my heart.

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  10. That's a wonderful photo that captures the happiness of that day. So sorry for the loss of your good friends. It's great to have a photo to remember them as well as all the wonderful memories.

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  11. Group photos are bittersweet over time.

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  12. Pictures can bring back so many memories... happy and sad... xox

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