Mary, Paul, Jim, Hubert after Paul’s Surgery
(Remembering Mary Ellen Townsend Harris, 1911-2016)
The grant that paid for Sis’s open-heart surgery required periodic follow-up visits in Richmond. At first it was every six months, then every year over a multi-year period. She did well with her recovery, enjoyed high school, and became an avid reader. She became increasingly interested in nursing as well, and after high school attended the Northampton-Accomack Hospital’s LP Nursing course on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
This was before construction of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, so trips back and forth were made on a large ferry boat. Usually the trip took about an hour-and-a-half, but one time they were caught in a heavy storm. Sheets of wind-driven rain along with high waves rocked the boat and slowed the trip to four hours. They had taken Paul and Jimmy along that time, and both boys saw it as…
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