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I LOVE MY FAMILY: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE:CHARLES ROY SANDERS-PART 7: NEW YEAR-GRADUATION-GRANDBABIES



CHARLES AND I CELEBRATED NEW YEAR'S DAY IN 1971
WITH A MUTUAL FRIENDSHIP AND GROWING LOVE....
ABOUT TWO WEEKS LATER, WE GOT TO CELEBRATE HIS BIRTHDAY ON "JANUARY 13, 1971 = 18 YEARS OLD = CAPRICORN"
 


OF COURSE, WE CELEBRATED AT ONE OF OUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS....HE WORE ONE OF THE SWEATERS AND THE COLOGNE BIRTHDAY PRESENTS I GOT FOR HIM...WE HAD A FANTASTIC TIME!!

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FEBRUARY 1971 WAS MADE UNFORGETTABLE FOR ME BY THE "VALENTINE'S DAY CARD CHARLES GAVE ME....I MEMORIZED THE POEM INSIDE OF THE CARD THAT DAY....I HAVE NEVER FORGOTTEN IT....BELOW IS THE AUTHOR

"LOVE IS SOMETHING SO DIVINE
DESCRIPTION WOULD BUT MAKE IT LESS,
'TIS WHAT I FEEL, BUT CAN'T DEFINE...
'TIS WHAT I KNOW, BUT CAN'T EXPRESS!!


CHARLES AND I SHARED THIS KIND OF YOUNG LOVE!
TO ME, THIS POEM SAYS LOVE IS A "DIVINE EMOTION FROM GOD...IT IS SO DIVINE,THAT IT CAN'T BE EXPRESSED IN WORDS..YOU CAN FEEL LOVE; BUT, NO WORDS CAN EXPRESS WHAT LOVE REALLY IS!!!
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MARCH AND APRIL BROUGHT MORE SPECIAL MEMORIES...SPECIAL ACTIVITIES AT L.C. ANDERSON HIGH SCHOOL IS OUR LAST SEMESTER WERE IN FULL BLOOM WITH OUR BASKETBALL AND TRACK SPORTS TEAMS SOARING HIGH WITH THEIR "FLYING A" ON THE COURT AND FIELD...

OF COURSE, ON APRIL 2, 1971,

WE CELEBRATED MY 18TH BIRTHDAY AT ONE OF OUR FAVORITE   RESTAURANTS...


EL MATAMORAS RESTAURANT...IT WAS A FANTASTIC NIGHT!!!
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MAY AND JUNE CAME FAST AND FURIOUS....WE HAD SENIOR CLASS ACTIVITES WEEKLY AND CHARLES AND I HAD BOTH FINISHED OUR GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS AHEAD OF TIME; SO, WE WERE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN HALF-DAYS IN SCHOOL AND HALF-DAYS AT JOBS WE HAD GOTTEN AS A PART OF DISTRIBUTIVE AND VOCATIONAL OFFICE EDUCATION PROGRAM PARTICIPATION...SO, IN THE AFTERNOONS, I WORKED AT "AVCO FINANCIAL SERVICES"  AS AN OFFICE RECEPTIONIST; AND CHARLES GOT A JOB AT "SOUTHWESTERN BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY"...AT THE TIME, SW BELL WAS THE ONLY TELEPHONE COMPANY IN AUSTIN!!
      CHARLES WENT ON TO GET A FULL-TIME JOB AFTER GRADUATION AT SWBTC; AND, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, HE JUST RECENTLY RETIRED AFTER OVER 30 YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE!!

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OF COURSE, APPROXIMATELY A YEAR AFTER OUR HIGH SCHOOL

GRADUATION, IN MAY 1972, CHARLES AND I DID GET MARRIED!!!
OUR UNION WAS BLESSED WITH TWO BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS....NICOLE PATRICE AND STEPHANIE TRENELL SANDERS!!!
THEY ARE SHOWN ABOVE WITH ME AND THEIR BABY SISTER, EVELYN JEANETTE JOHNSON-MANN NICHOLS!!
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CHARLES IS SHOWN BELOW WITH HIS GRANDSON, DARIUS BAREFIELD!!!



MY BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE TO CHARLES ENDS WITH THIS POST...OUR MARRIAGE
ALSO ENDED IN 1978...
WE BOTH REMARRIED....HE MARRIED A FELLOW CLASSMATE, LINDA CURRY....WE WERE ALL FRIENDS AT KEALING JR HIGH AND L. C. ANDERSON HIGH SCHOOLS....TODAY, OUR FAMILIES CONTINUE TO GROW IN FAITH AND LOVE FOR OUR CHILDREN; AND, NOW, OUR GRANDCHILDREN...WE ALL REMAIN FRIENDS AND FAMILY AS WE CELEBRATE TOGETHER BY ATTENDING MANY SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS, FOOTBALL GAMES, AND DANCE PERFORMANCES AS  FAMILY EVENTS IN FAITH, SUPPORT AND IN LOVE
FOR EACH OTHER!!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY FIRST TRUE, YOUNG, LOVE...
CHARLES ROY SANDERS!!





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