Thoughts on life from Pat Oaks
This blog has no punch line, no morality lesson....actually no lesson at all. Just a memory I thought you might enjoy.
When I was a senior in college, one of my best friends lived just outside Washington D.C. Her Dad was a chaplain in the army and she had lived all over the world. Her name was Joy. Another friend of ours owned a red convertible. Not sure of the make.
I always went home for holidays, but that year, Joy invited Beverly (red convertible owner) and me, to go home with her for fall break. I asked my Mother if I could go and could hardly believe it, or contain myself when she said yes. My Mother was very protective of us and rarely did we get to go anywhere, much less 10 hours away to Washington D.C.!!!
You cannot imagine how excited I was! The only places I had ever been were Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, N.C., Georgia and Florida.
The trip was everything I hoped and dreamed it would be. We stayed with Joy's family, but went into D.C. everyday. One day the other two girls wanted to go study at the library and I said "no way"! So, I went exploring on my own. I was barely 20 years old and here I was walking around the nation's capital on my own. What a thrill! I passed some boys on the street who whistled at me and I just grinned and waved. I had NO fear!
Another day, Joy and Beverly were with me and we were walking around the outside of the White House. They were ahead of me at the back of the White House when all of a sudden President Kennedy himself came out from behind some bushes. It looked as if he were just out for a stroll and some fresh air. I yelled at the girls...."hurry and come back here. It's President Kennedy!" They laughed at me and said, "sure Combs!" (My last name.) So I stood at the fence gazing at the President of the United States, and all of a sudden he glanced up.....and waved!
Yep. I had a small moment in my life with just the President and me...all by ourselves. I waved back and he turned and walked back to the white house.
Needless to say, the girls were upset that they hadn't believe me!
We had other adventures that week but the most exciting was my encounter with John F. Kennedy.