Remembering Mary Ellen Townsend Harris, 1911-2016
Like clouds breaking open to reveal eternal expanses beyond the boundaries of earth, so our lives open as we journey through adolescence into adulthood. These are The Launching Years.
Mary glimpsed this dynamic in her oldest son when he joined the Army and left home for three years. His return in July, 1959, brought fresh transitions for the whole family. He would live at home, but being out of the army’s “nest” meant he had two immediate needs–a car and a job.
“Look at this,” his dad said while reading the Saturday newspaper. “‘Nineteen-forty-nine Pontiac for sale, good tires, runs well. One owner. Priced to sell.'”
“Let me see that.” Hugh T checked out the ad and jotted down the number. “Let’s call about this.”
“Go ahead. You’re on your own now…but I’ll take you to look at it.”
He called and found the…
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