Wednesday, April 09, 2008

ELVIS is in the casa!

I received this birthday card of Elvis from my friend of the MOST years - Kathy. We have been friends since the third grade in Shreveport, La! Yup, over a half century.......good heavens! The card is actually a cut-out of Elvis and it brought back soooooooo many memories. You see we grew up in Shreveport, home of the Louisiana Hayride where Elvis was discovered and where my sister-in-law worked before she married my brother. She dated Elvis! After my sister-in-law died last year, I looked at photos of her when she and Bob married and she was exquisitely beautiful. Surprisingly, there were some similarities in her looks to Priscilla's looks when she was a teenager. The cool thing of this whole story is that whenever Elvis was anywhere near the two towns that my brother and sister-in-law lived, tickets were sent to them to attend his concerts.
Strolling down memory lane...........Kathy and I had our first double-date together and her Dad drove us to the dance. I remember my date's name - I wonder if Kathy remembers hers.............. Kathy and I see each other every couple of years and when we get together and start chattering, it is like NO time has passed. We have been through the births of kids, grandkids, the deaths of our spouses and my daughter and all the time that friendship has held! It's a treasure.
Too bad Elvis isn't still around to sing.............LOVE ME TENDER.

6 comments:

1st Mate said...

So what was it like to date Elvis? Was she sworn to secrecy in exchange for the tickets? She could make a bundle with a story in Nat'l Enquirer! (only kidding)

Babs said...

She said he was always a "perfect" gentleman! BUT this was before the Army and real fame. Do you remember the Louisiana Hayride? Even my brother said he was always so polite to them!

Gin said...

I was born and raised in West Texas near Muleshoe, TX. Heavens yes, I remember the LA Hayride. Long before TV, the radio was battery powered. Saturday night was bath night and LA Hayride night, LOL.

Babs said...

Gin, Are you saying you could get the broadcast of the Louisiana Hayride in West Texas? WOW - yes I too remember Saturday night being "bath night" too. People would "freak out" at that idea now, wouldn't they?
So where are you now?

Jonna said...

Small world we bloggers live in! My father was born and raised in Jonesboro LA and every summer we would drive back there to visit his brother and family in Shreveport. When I was 17 I was a bit of trouble (ok, I was a lot of trouble!) and got sent to Centenary College in Shreveport. The kindest thing I can say is that it was culture shock in 1963 for this California girl. When I turned 18 I left with a friend and moved to New Orleans. The main thing I remember from Shreveport was drinking Salty Dogs at a KoKoMo in Bossier City.

Kay Cox said...

Oh, I remember being an Elvis fan...actually I still am. I have an Elvis clock in my living room.