[gardeners] Home again

George Shirley (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Sat, 29 May 1999 17:22:01 -0500

Made the trip to Texas Thursday and went to the eldest grandchild's high
school graduation. The normally 45 minute trip from my daughter's house
to Huntsville, TX took us nearly two hours. The worst thunderstorms I've
seen in years were ripping through and, as she has a new car, we spent a
lot of time under overpasses and filling station shelters hiding from
marble size and larger hail. We then drove slowly through the rain
arriving in time to hear the valedictorian speak and then to see Joshua
Michael Robertson graduate. He and his younger brother went to the high
school gym at midnight that night for a "lock-in." Each graduating
senior that showed up got $50.00 cash and chances on door prizes and a
drawing for a new car. There were bands, refreshments but no smoking,
drinking, or other unseemly things allowed. Once you were in you were
kept there until 6:00 am the next morning. Needless to say both boys
slept until 5:00 pm on Friday.

Saturday we went by our sons new home in West University Place, a yuppie
entitlement area in SW Houston. Looks like a big time fixer upper to me
but he and his wife are happy. The youngest grandchild was doing fine
and enjoyed playing with the other grandkids and Miss Sleepy Dawg.

We're home again to find a nice rain had fallen here and everything is
fresh and green. The youngest grandson came with us and will stay until
mid-June when his Dad is to pick him up for a month in Montana. He
wasn't to happy about the stay but I like the idea of free labor and his
mother gets to finish her Masters in peace without him to worry about.

Off to visit the gardens again.