Columnist shares glimpse into life well lived
When writing a column, it’s not easy to resist the temptation to write too much about yourself.
But here it is: “I’ve Lived a Lot in My Time” – a song title by Jim Reeves.
- My biography is in the Library of Congress.
- For three years, I served in the US Navy as a firefighter aboard the aircraft carrier USS Valley Forge. I have traveled the gloomy oceans of the world on the hazy gray colors of the transporter.
- I have passed through the Panama Canal.
- I drove on the crest of the Continental Divide.
- I crossed the international date line.
- I was Grand Marshal at a veterans parade on July 4th.
- I shook hands with astronaut Dick Gordon.
- I saw the rocks of the moon.
- I shook hands with a sitting president.
- I was interviewed by the BBC.
- I saw the British royal jewelry.
- I had the opportunity to visit a private salt mine.
- I attended a Willie Nelson birthday party which included George Jones, Emmalou Harris, Johnny Paycheck and Asleep at the Wheel.
- I performed on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry (a cappella, of course.)
- I met former governor and country singer Jimmie Davis. His violinist, Doc Guidry, was a friend of mine from my hometown.
- I saw the original draft of “You Are My Sunshine”.
- I play two musical instruments.
- I am a member of the French Cajun Music Association.
- I am a founding contributor to the Cajun Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
- I attended a performance of the Louisiana Hayride.
- I participated in the 1990 Cajun International Storytelling Competition.
- Last, but not least, I have been married to a big-hearted woman for over 70 years.
Have a nice day and God bless you.