Thursday, May 5, 2011


Now that the A to Z Challenge is complete, I have to come up with a way to keep writing. I have chosen to find a photo each day, take the inspiration and run with it. Let's see where it takes us.

Two story Thursday!

As I have said previously, Gayla gave amazing gifts of all kinds. In 1996, Gayla gave me a porcelain carousel horse on a wooden stand that was also a music box. I've never been a girly girl collector of such things so we were both in giggles when I opened the box and was struck for what to say. Gayla reached over and wound up the music. It began to play "Wind Beneath My Wings" from the movie "Beaches." Immediately reduced to tears, I grabbed her and hugged her fiercely. I asked her, "How did you know that is the song that always reminds me of you?"

Gayla replied, "Because it's the song that always reminds me of you."

Eyes roll and everyone groans when the song comes on these days since it was over played to infinity when it first came out. However, my eyes tear up and I sing along proudly. Always have and always will! I am singing to my sister and have to sing extra loud now so she can hear me.

Photo copyright © Hank Kellner,

My second story is of a trip to the Gulf of Mexico with Gayla, James II, and Dana. We all traveled down in sister's truck and camped on the beach. Dana taught the three of us how to grill hot dogs in the sand (little gritty but good!). We all slept in the bed of the truck like four bugs in a rug. We talked Gayla into letting the sea gulls eat food off of her while she laid on the beach. I was sunburned from top to bottom. Dana took pictures of it all. Nothing amazingly special about the memory other than we were adult kids playing at the beach. I loved that trip.

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