I just got back from Blue Ridge GA on Wednesday. I was invited by my friends of 50 years, Willie and Charles Stancil. Charles and Ken worked together at Lockheed back in the 60s and the two families quickly became friends. At the time they had Doug and we had Kathy who were just 6 months apart. It was Doug’s and his wife Allison’s cabin in the mountains where we stayed. On Sunday their daughter NIcki and her family came and we spent some great time catching up. What is really special about this friendship is that Ken and I moved back to Knoxville about a year after we met them but we have kept up over the years, visited, camped, and enjoyed the times that we got to see them. When we are together it is just like we saw each other yesterday.
If you have not been to the mountains in North GA, I highly recommend it. The drive from Knoxville is beautiful, but the roads are winding. Weekends are very busy in Blue Ridge, but we visited on Monday and it was not crowded. Also if you are in the area, I recommend you go to an apple orchard called Mercier’s. They have fresh baked goods, honey, a brewery and of course, apples when they are in season.
It was good to have some time with friends, relax and see a new place.
I probably think more about election time than most because we design, print and mail a lot of political mail. When I stop to think about the history of our country and how many men and women have died to give us the privilege of voting it makes me want to never miss the opportunity to vote. Align yourself with the party that best represents what you feel is important and get out and vote. There are many people in this world that would like to have the privilege that we sometimes take for granted, of voting for the candidates that we feel will do the best job of representing us.
What a great time to reflect on voting at this 4th of July celebration.
Because the 4th falls on Wednesday, we will be celebrating tomorrow at Burns Mailing & Printing, with an employee luncheon. We really love sitting down with each other and visiting about things other than work. Some times we all bring things but tomorrow we are having it catered.
This is a good time to reflect on the freedom that we have in this country and to honor those who made that freedom possible and to those who are serving now to protect our country. We thank them for their service and appreciate the sacrifices that they and their families make.
May all of you have a blessed and safe 4th of July.