The Grahams’ of Cochran County – Chapter 41

You can see from this picture that crossing the International Date Line has some significance.   In sailors lingo, the Golden Dragon  is ruler of the 180 degree Meridian.  You jump ahead a day when you are going west and lose a day when you are coming east.image_557428155969771 How this paper has survived seventy years is remarkable.  This issue of “The Crow’s Nest” was published on May 6, 1948 with this certificate of election into this exclusive club of those who get to cross the International Date Line.

There is another honor that one gets when you cross the Equator.  Johnnie and I both crossed the Equator when we went on a mission trip many years after 1948.  One was when we went to Kenya and the other when we went to Ecuador.  I have digressed from my story on arriving in Korea.  There are other things that I should mention about the Grahams’ of Cochran County while I am in the mode of telling things in a chronological order.  We have Marguerite, George and Leola married off.  This was all while I was living in Morton.  Flora Katherine married Wilburn Charles (Babe) Vanlandingham on September 26, 1947.  Babe and Katie continued to live in Morton and Cochran County, Texas for many more years.  They had two boys and one girl while living in Morton.  Don and Dick both graduated from Morton High School.  Vicki was disabled from birth and not able to attend public school, but was a major part of the family structure.

image_557432058877559A quote from “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.  The ride on the ship was long and boring as mentioned previously.  It did help to visit the ships library and find some useful quotes to go along with pictures I was taking. image_557433961050882A peaceful landing at Inchon Harbor in 1948.The Han Gang River in Korea - 1948

We then crossed the Han Gang River to enter Seoul.  The was 1948 – pre-Korean War.  Somehow I have misplaced the author of this quote.  I will add it later as I look through my files.

Starting 2018

About 9 years ago, my wife Johnnie and I went on a medical mission trip to Ecuador.  We went with a group from Western Heights Church of Christ.  We have been on a number of short term mission trips.  This was our first trip to Ecuador.

Johnnie had just been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and was stabilized by medication but was still a little unsteady on her feet.  We had a younger couple who said that they would sort of look after us.  We needed that.

We flew from Dallas to Atlanta.  That leg of the journey was uneventful.  A change of planes in Atlanta was ok until a young couple, confused of the time zone change from Dallas to Atlanta went away from the airport but did not return on time to catch the flight.  We pulled away from the gate but then the pilot decided that we needed to take the bags off that belonged to the young couple.  After a few hours we got those bags unloaded and took off to Ecuador.  We were supposed to land in Quito, Ecuador at about midnight but when we arrived there it was fogged in and after circling for a few times to allow the fog to lift we had to land near the coast to refuel.

We finally arrived at the hotel in Quito and checked in at about 8 am but had to leave around noon to take the buses to our destination for the medical clinics.  We were worn out.  Johnnie and some of the ladies decided to go shopping but I decided to take a nap in the hotel room.

Things got better and we had a number of people we helped.  Traveling up the river to the clinic was neat.  We got one free day off before we return to the States.  Interestingly, they used American currency so there was not any money exchange hassle.

Why am I telling this story?  We left on that trip 9 years to the day tomorrow – January 2, 2009.  We have not been able to make any more trips like that because “Parky” has entered our life.  Johnnie is now on Hospice because of “Parky”.  We have a promise.  That pesky “Parky” may occupy Johnnie’s old body but the ‘new body’ will001 be amazing.

Have a blessed New Year.