The one journey I skilled throughout my childhood years was throughout the limits of Emanuel County aside from visiting my grandparents in Lyons and my uncle in Dublin. But I knew the state capital was an incredible and thrilling metropolis and longed to go there. My father learn to me from the Atlanta Journal, and we listened to baseball video games of the Atlanta Crackers.
Once I was in all probability round ten years previous, this dream got here true. My father was keen to go to a session of the state legislature when Swainsboro’s personal son, George Smith II, turned Speaker of the Home. He made plans to provide me this journey. A practice ran every day from Savannah to Atlanta and returned the identical day. The one cease close to Swainsboro was Wadley. We drove there within the morning, left the automobile parked and boarded the practice. In fact, this was my first practice experience additionally. We chugged by means of the Georgia countryside and arrived in Atlanta within the early after-noon. Our midday meal had been a bag lunch introduced from dwelling.
After checking into the downtown Henry Grady Lodge, we have been simply in time for our first journey. We climbed onto one of many large crimson electrical buses to take us to Ponce de Leon Avenue. At Ponce de Leon Park, we might see the Atlanta Crackers (now referred to as Braves) baseball sport. Since we have been too early for the sport, we went throughout the road to the large retailer of Sears and Roebuck that was stuffed with objects we had seen within the catalogue. We ate our supper sitting on stools at a counter within the retailer earlier than heading to the sport. Don’t keep in mind a lot concerning the sport besides the Crackers gained, and somebody hit the ball over the fence for a homerun. It was superb to see the gamers.
Day two, Daddy and I spent within the stunning capital constructing and proudly watched from the balcony as George Smith presided over the legislative physique. In fact, Daddy discovered time to shake his hand. The governor was named Talmadge, and my father knew him effectively sufficient to go to his workplace. If any reader would possibly keep in mind my father, he at all times knew everybody. My mom used the time to go to Wealthy’s and Davidson’s. This crammed the morning, and we loved our midday dinner on the S&W cafeteria simply in time to board the practice to return to Wadley.
From that day ahead, my ambition in life was to at all times reside in Atlanta. This grew even stronger when as a senior, I attended the Beta Membership Conference that was held in The College of Georgia Atlanta Division in downtown. I knew I might head there after graduating from SHS, and I did.
To be continued.
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