I love classic cars! The picture here is of my late uncle Robert. I think the car is a Dodge Charger. Uncle Robert was one of my favorite uncles because he always took time to try to help me in whatever way he could. When I was in school, I had a really hard time learning division. I recall him spending many hours trying to help me, and with his patient assistance, I finally did!
Then when I got older and had graduated from technical school, he was the one who encouraged me to apply for a job with the State of Georgia. And that is how my nearly 34-year career as a secretary with the State began!
His wife Angela was also very encouraging to me as well. I recall one time I either wanted to go to Brunswick, GA, to visit my author cousin Jacquelin Thomas during our summer break from school or to annual staff camp. Of course, I wanted some extra spending money, but my mama and stepdad did not have the funds available to give me as much as I wanted. Even though I was babysitting for my uncle and aunt at the time and it would have meant that they would have to find a replacement babysitter in my absence, Aunt Angela did not hesitate to offer me an advance for babysitting so that I would have the money I wanted.
Even though this post started out about classic cars, talking about them made me think of my uncle and aunt and how supportive they were of me and my family. As many of you know, I love writing stories about family and relationships. And I also like to add flavors of things that I enjoy, and classic cars are included among those things. For instance, in my first published fictional novel A MEASURE OF FAITH, I had Lynn take her husband Robert to a classic car show in the parking lot of a nearby grocery store. That idea came to me because where I live, these car shows are sometimes held in such locations. Also, in my novels ONE OF A KIND and DESPERATE HEARTS, Brad is the proud owner of a classic car.
My husband, son, and I love classic cars, and often when we travel, we stop by muscle car museums to see them. One of our favorite ones is Floyd Garrett’s Muscle Car Museum in Sevierville, TN. Also, if we’re visiting the area around July 4th or Labor Day, we can usually come across car shows along both sides of Tennessee Highway 441 in Pigeon Forge. Of course, these are free, and you just walk around and look at the ones you want to see. During all of these times, I have taken many pictures and would like to take this time to share some with you. Enjoy, and have an awesome day!
From my heart to yours,