Fifty Years of Fun and Friendship With Margaret

The author and great pal Margaret Parker share excellent periods in 1970. (Equipped Picture)
Fifty yrs of something is a extended time. Fifty yrs with our good friend Margaret was whole joy.
I have so many views heading via my thoughts, setting up with when my 18-yr-previous girlfriend, Jackie, advised me she had a pal who would be a good match for my college roommate, Charlie. I claimed to myself the past time Charlie achieved just one of Jackie’s close friends, he advised me he was shot down, ideal between the eyes. He in no way got a initially date, permit by yourself to to start with foundation. Effectively, we launched them and, thank God, this introduction led to a prolonged-jogging really like tale.
A single working day in the course of higher education, Jackie claimed there have been programs for the four of us to go to a family members barbecue at Margaret’s household. I was shocked because Margaret was 100% Irish and I am 100% Irish, but in my family, a household barbecue was for household, not family and friends. What a great time we had! Jackie and I were welcomed like loved ones, met all the cousins and Margaret’s brothers and sister. Jackie remembers a motorized bike of some form and a collision with a badminton internet and a bush.
In nursing school, the girls experienced curfews and do the job schedules at the clinic. That was no issue due to the fact we could usually fulfill up at a most loved hangout around the hospital. We would get the girls house by curfew, and Charlie and I would lengthen the evening and come cleanse with the facts to the girls the up coming day.
Charlie and I were in ROTC. That intended we had been both of those likely into the Military following graduation. Jackie and I obtained married, and then I went on active duty. Charlie went on active obligation, and then he and Margaret acquired married. The working day immediately after Charlie and Margaret acquired married, Jackie and I bought into our VW bug to travel back again to Fort Ben Harrison in Indianapolis, and they acquired into their Chevy Vega to push to the dust capital of the U.S., Fort Hood, Texas. We explained we really should fulfill midway for a weekend, but these 4 22-yr-olds did not have the cash for airplane tickets, fuel or motels.
That was the final time we two partners saw each individual other for much more than a few yrs. I gained orders to go abroad and Jackie and I went to Heidelberg, Germany. We tried to simply call them at Christmas, but there was no response. Thank goodness simply because calling Texas from Germany was pretty highly-priced. We later on gained a letter telling us they experienced long gone to Extended Island for the reason that Charlie’s mom had passed absent.
By the time we returned from Germany, our son Kevin was born, as was their daughter Shannon. Later, their son Chip was born, adopted intently by our daughter Megan. We each and every had a person far more little one Katie and Rob ended up close in age also. After 3-in addition yrs in the Military, we were living on Long Island and they ended up in Poughkeepsie, Kingston and later Connecticut. We would pack up the auto and head north or they would pack up the motor vehicle and head south. Usually, a excellent time. Vacations with the Parkers ended up usually enjoyable.
Margaret and Charlie Parker are the picture of happiness in 2015. (Equipped Photograph)
When the young children had been young, we rented two cabins at Lake George. The cabins looked out about a large lawn, and throughout the road was the lake. The pool was ideal out the again doorway. The proprietor had explained to us: no glass at the pool. No difficulty. We just about every had espresso percolators in the cabin. We mixed our vodka tonics and Manhattans in the percolators and drank them from espresso mugs. A handful of times into a one particular-7 days holiday, Margaret stated, “We are going to the lake right now. I am not heading house right after a 7 days at Lake George to tell my parents I did not cross a avenue to go in the lake.”
When we went to Sandbridge Island, Va., one of the kids introduced, located or acquired a slingshot. This was not a slingshot like you have at any time viewed. This slingshot introduced drinking water balloons sky large and more than homes. What did Margaret say when I requested about this? “What do you think will take place?” Guffawing, she added, “Do you consider the police will arrest us?” I considered there was a risk that southern hospitality would put on off as soon as the locals saw our out-of-point out license plates and the regional sheriff would be knocking at our door, but nothing ever transpired.
Then we went to Cooperstown. My occupation was to locate a position to keep. I looked in the Sunday New York Occasions vacation part. I wanted to be absolutely sure the spot was good … or at least livable. It turned out it was not good and just about not livable. The advertisement reported it was appropriate on the lake, and it was. That was the only component of the ad that rang genuine. The Parkers arrived to start with, and when we acquired there Margaret noted, “The rooms are not prepared. They did not have our reservation for 10 individuals on the guides. As a make any difference of actuality, the house owners just termed their daughter and explained to her to come dwelling to clean up her room mainly because we require the room.” All Margaret would say is “don’t stress about it!” Katie remembers all the gory aspects vividly and normally takes great pleasure in repeating the tale every time we get together.
Vacations, weddings, weekends jointly, excursions to OBX, journeys to LBI have been put in conversing and laughing with Margaret. She helped with Jackie’s lousy memory by verifying that she was there and had a superior time. I just never ever imagined reminiscing without the need of her. I know I must rejoice Margaret’s lifetime, but even though writing this I am not celebrating. I am unfortunate, and I know I will often miss her.
We have a 50th higher education reunion coming up in June. The four of us constantly experienced a great deal of enjoyable on all those weekends. This 12 months, Jackie stated she is not heading. We all know why. Charlie and I signed up to attend, supplied we can with the pandemic. I know when we get household, Jackie will request us, “How was the weekend?” That will solicit a just one-phrase reaction: attention-grabbing.
When Charlie leaves for the lengthy travel back to the Outer Banking institutions, I’ll come clean up with the particulars.
Arthur O’Brien life in the Dunes.

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