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Just as I finished writing the above, my youngest brother called: Dad passed on about ten minutes ago. Everyone in the family but my daughter and I were there. Dad would have been 80, a week from tomorrow.
This all happened so very suddenly, just within the space of two weeks.
Watched the movie, did feel a bit better. There is no emoticon for smiling a bit while feeling you are going to dissolve into tears any moment ...
Hoping it will cheer us up a bit. My Dad was put in the hospital last week, having a bad combination of walking pneumonia, symptoms of congestive heart failure and some kind of leaking aneurysm in his skull. They operated last Friday, and he was doing well all this week ... but this evening we find out that the pneumonia has roared back, and he is sedated and on a breathing -assist thingy.
He and the rest of the family are in California and I am in Texas and won't be able to travel home until after New Years.
Yep, Merry Christmas, y'all.
I come down on the side of Houston, BTW - he had just enough Bad Boy in him to tickle my fancy. Lamar was too much of the goody-goody.
Jane Long was also the niece of James Wilkerson who was a piece of work all on his own, too. I had not read Mirabeau Lamar's bio of her - but when I did a talk at the Fort Bend County museum last year, I had quite a few people tell me that people who became embroiled by an interest in Texas history became either partisans of Lamar, or partisans of Houston!
The great stories are out there - all you have to do is just pick one, and get cracking!