We have many special ornaments collected through the years: my daughter’s laminated handprint, a tiny cruise ship from our 25th anniversary, the polymer likeness of my son on a boogie board, my first-born’s photo surrounded by 20-year old candies glued to a paper plate, and many, many others. Each ornament has a story, and each story is brought to mind every year when they are unpacked and hung on our tree.
But there is another story that has no ornaments, yet those ornaments were very special.
In 1965 my dad received orders for Viet Nam while our family was living on base in Quantico. After we said goodbye to our relatives we loaded up our station wagon and left Virginia at the start of the Christmas holiday season in route for California. Our travel plan included a Christmas Eve stop-over at a Holiday Inn in New Orleans.
|Room at the Holiday Inn, ca. late 1960's|
It was a memorable Christmas and was the last time our family traveled across the country because Dad would retire after his tour in Viet Nam and we would settle in California for good.
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