HELLO, AUGUST,2021!! I thought you would never get here. Frankly, I love September. But August is full of surprises for me. I “remember” 2 wedding anniversaries, 5 birthdays of important people in my FORMER life, and one VIP death. So, I am up and then I am down. Let’s share and walk down memory lane, shall we? A moment to reflect.
Two Important wedding anniversaries:
August 17, 1957: I had my first big wedding on August 17, 1957. It rained that day. Plus, I was 3 months pregnant with my baby daughter. And Darrell MacIntyre was considered a major “catch” everywhere but in my hometown. I was very excited. And it was a memorable event. We went to the Cloister in Sea Island on our honeymoon. I found Darrell very sexy. The marriage wasn’t’ so hot. Stay tuned.
Then, on August 7, 2005, I married a man I loved very much – STEVE ORLANDELLA. He was also considered a “catch”. We booked our wedding and honeymoon night at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was glamorous, fun, and wonderful. I was a successful attorney in Los Angeles, AND I was very happy. I think he was, too.
Now, for the five birthdays that were special to me. NOTE, these are birthdays from long ago when I had special friends in my hometown of Gainesville, Georgia, when I was growing up, all except for Steve. I had best friends at that time. And, I was good about remembering their birthdays. August was filled with them.
First and foremost, August 11, 1950 was Steve’s birthday. He was born and died in August (1950-2016).
August 7, 1938: Alice Whitehead Paris. She was a best friend. We have lost touch over the years. But, she was special. She is the tall, gorgeous one with me and Angela at the beach.
August 13, 1935: Rosemary Wood Johnston Dodd. She was a special friend and wonderful artist and actress. I had her paintings for years. We have also lost touch.
August 14, 1937: Carole Lilly Jones. We were best friends and still are good friends. Our parents were friends. She is my one, special lifetime friend and will always be.
August 27, 1973. Christopher John Uhler, my stepson for 12 years. A real cutie.
AND, the worst part of all of these memories is the month of August 2016, that Steve spent in the hospital in Nice, France, while the doctors battled to save his life. We NEVER dreamed he would die. We were on holiday/delayed honeymoon in July 2016 in Sardinia. It was wonderful. We were so in love. And, happy to be in France near Formula One in Monaco. Not in our wildest dreams…….
And, gone but never forgotten, Steve died on August 31, 2016. A man with a big heart, his heart failed.
I was supposed to go first. Not Steve. But, health issues plagued him and still plague me. In the plague in Paris. SO, those memories play over and over in my mind EVERY August. So, I will leave you with a picture of Steve on a good day in Marseille in June 2016 – two months before.
Thanks for any help at all that you will give to me. Aging is dealing with health issues – major and minor. Glad to still be alive with a 5-year plan in place. I plan to continue writing – as long as I can.