Christmas on the
A Memory from Judy
The season was from around April to October. In the past several
years it has gotten a lot longer, due to the lack of money
coming in. It was not strange though to play a still date in a
in the winter. The ones that needed the money could pick up
quite a bit this way. When my parents were
just starting out in marriage, and lived in Long Branch, NJ They
played a few museums in New York City.
When they had made enough to
hold them over they would come to Florida and never do a still
date again, till the last one on the Million Dollar Pier, in
Atlantic City, NJ. That was when I was around 5 and it would
have been about 51'. After they retired my Dad always had public
appearances lined up. And being a Mason and Shriner, he stayed
real busy, but it was his labors of Love and he NEVER charged.
Mother also had her projects,
but they were more to do with crippled children, and school.
They would have both given their last bite of food or drink of
water, to someone in need.
I have probably mentioned this
before, but it was during the winter time as I remember it
happened. My Dad was the fire chief here in Gibsonton, and he
was at a house fire, of a family that lost everything they had.
When he came back home he told Mother to go through my and my
sisters clothes and also her blouses and coats and bring him
some of our old toys too. He had one of the Camp workers help
him load our living room furniture and dining room furniture, he
also got beds out of some of the vacant cabins.
Mother never questioned what he
was doing, she just did what she was told. He took several truck
loads to this family, and had helped them find a place to live,
and then took them to the grocery store, and bought them food.
He then told Mother he was going to buy her new furniture, which
he did. Not too many years back, a member of that family came to
thank Mother again for what they did, so many years ago. It is
the good memories like this that have helped to get me over this
BIG bump in the road of my life.
Merry Christmas to all, and
always remember the Reason for the Season.
© 2005 Judy Tomaini Rock, All Rights
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