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Peanut Festival Time remembered

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Lois Wauson is responsible for this content, which is not edited by the Wilson County News or

October 23, 2010 | 1,487 views | 2 comments

I've been sort of feeling melancholy these days. I haven't written my blog lately.

I wrote this in my journal the day before the Peanut Festival Parade. I decided to put it in my blog here. When I wrote. the Rangers were in the playoffs. They beat the New York Yankees last night, and Eddie would be so happy! I bet he is rejoicing with the angels. Of course they are Texas Ranger fans too!

From my journal two weeks ago:

It's been over a year now that Eddie went to heaven. He never wanted to go anywhere without me. Well, maybe the grocery store! But that was after I turned him down too many times when he went to the store, when he asked me if I wanted to go. One Saturday he invited me to go have lunch with him at - where do you think? Sam's Club, because they had all those free food and snacks all over the store and he loved sampling everything. He was serious about wanting me to go with him! I should have taken him up on it, because he never invited me to eat out. It was always my idea! I missed my chance that day!

So lately I have been thinking about him a lot. And I miss him. Several nights this week, when I went to bed, and finally turned out the light, after reading awhile on a book and working the cross word puzzle for the day. I lay there in the dark and thought about how alone I was. No one to worry when I wasn't home like he did. Even when he was home those last few years, he always wanted me home, and if I went anywhere, they said he would ask where I was and when I was coming home. It made me feel wanted when he would do that. I knew he loved me. I never doubted that. So I lay there in the dark thinking about how how alone I was and missing him and it choked me up and I cried. For nearly 57 years I felt his body next to mine and I felt secure and loved. Maybe it took all these months for the glass box around me to finally crack, and I don't have to be strong any more for anyone. I think I am just tired, tired of being strong, just tired.

I guess I am thinking about him more because the Rangers baseball team are in the playoffs. He loved those Rangers, and he got mad when they lost, always blamed it on the manager. The players were not at fault as far as Eddie was concerned. So, these nights I remember him when I look at the clock radio on my bedside table that he used to listen to the baseball games at night when he went to bed. And it has been bringing tears to my eyes.

He always called me 'honey' not Lois. That was from before we married until the day he died. Even toward the end, when I I went to the Veteran's Home to see him, I thought he didn't know me, he sometimes said something to me, and began the sentence with "Honey ..and I knew he knew who I was.....then said lots of words that didn't make any sense" so I always laughed if he laughed and shook my head and said, "I dont know" if he was serious. But he always knew I was his honey.

After you are married that long, I think you are a part of each other. And you begin to resemble each other. Lots of people used to think we were kin, in our early married life. How funny!

This afternoon I went by the newspaper office to get a letter they had there for me. One of my readers wrote me after he read my story in my column about the old restaurants Eddie and I used to go to in San Antonio. He had some very interesting things to tell about a few old restaurants he had gone to years ago, and he wants me to call him, to talk about the old Aztec and Majestic theaters because he knows things about them. Wow. I am excited.

Then I went to see Elenora Talley again. I took her an album with the pictures I took of her home and the furniture and antiques inside of it. And took her a copy of my book, "Looking For a Silver Lining". She was so grateful and touched. Then she gave me a beautiful pillow that she had crocheted some flowers on, and it will look awesome on my bed! I enjoyed her company and we talked for about an hour. Next week I am going to take Julie out there to see her. I can tell she is lonely.

Today I called my son, Trent in Bolivia. I was wanting to hear his voice. We talked for over an hour.We talked a lot about the old days, when he was a boy, living in San Antonio, and the good times he remembered. With the friends from church and also all our family. We used to see family every week. We didn't go months between times, like now. It is sad. We talked about how those years, like me, he calls the Golden Years, because life was so simple. I am so glad we have those memories. And I have the letters and pictures from those years.

So now I am going to bed. Tomorrow is the Peanut Festival parade and Lisa and Larry are coming to go with me. I will remember the good times, especially because it was the Peanut Festival that brought Eddie and me together that October night, in 1950. And now here it is 60 years later, and that same parade will go down the street tomorrow, and those same stars will shine over Floresville, and I will look up at them and think about that night, when my dreams finally came true.

Like I said I am feeling very melancholy these days. Peanut Festival time always makes that way.
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Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
October 25, 2010 9:34pm
I wonder how many couples gotten together as a result of meeting at the Peanut Festival? I know some who have. Would make a neat story ...

Elaine K.  
October 23, 2010 10:15pm
Lois, This is really a beautiful sentiment. Thank you for opening your heart and sharing with readers. It will surely warm the hearts of your many fans!

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