What’s Left?

Jul 15th, 2010 | By admin | Category: Opinion

By Lee McLane  Editor/Publisher  and  Simba  the late Squeak’s  adoptive baby

By Lee McLane Editor/Publisher and Simba the late Squeak’s adoptive baby

My son’s Florida grandmother, Evelyn McLane,  passed away this week - my ex-mother-in-law. She was 93.  I hadn’t seen her in years but my son would periodically go to Florida and see her. He was very close to her and loved her very much. So did I. My good memories of she and my ex-father-in-law, who passed away several years ago now, were that they were there with me when I was newly married and then when I had Christian. We lived in Van Buren, AR. My parents were living here in Beebe so my in-laws were my “parents.” Evelyn and Fred were always so good to me and Christian. Evelyn and I even took art lessons together at a convent in Ft. Smith. It was so much fun having one of the Sisters teach us art and give us her opinion on world affairs. To tell you the kind of people they were, when I was married, my husband and I lived (started) a marina on Lee Creek (not named for me) in Van Buren - off the Arkansas River. My in-laws lived in a lavish house near the country club in Ft. Smith. They sold the house, bought a mobile home and moved in next to us on 800-acres along the Arkansas River as we got the marina started. It was lots of fun. We even had the Governor of Oklahoma at our marina and the head of ABF at that time - with boats (yachts) at our marina. There was always a party going on at someone’s boat. It was fun but we had lots of work to do to keep everything running. I was young and stupid and had a new baby. I needed guidance from someone older and wiser - and they (my in-laws) gave it to me. It was a great time in my life. Then after we had gotten settled, they took off to pursue their lifetime dream of owning a condo in Boca Raton and buying a huge yacht and enjoying the ocean. I missed them so much it was just terrible. But I will always be thankful for their love, friendship and guidance during that active and trying time of my life. Evelyn always called Christian her “Sweet Pea.” And Grandpa Fred always called him his “fine, fine, boy.”  I can still hear them saying that. When Christian began to talk, after saying, “mama,” and “dada,” he would point and say, “See the light” which came out “see da light.” We thought that was kind of funny because his Grandmother Evelyn’s maiden name was “Light.” Christian has her beautiful blue eyes and long eyelashes.  She was a wonderful person and we will miss her presence on this earth.
I hope you are having a great summer and enjoying these few showers that we have been getting.

(Simba’s picture with his new haircut - next week.)

Go to your happy place.
See you next week!