First we lived in a nice brick house in Summerville, but when your Dad was about a month old we moved to Trion. We had one car and two kids, and there, your Papa Don could walk to work. It was a great community, and we bought our first house, on Shady Lane.
Doesn't that sound like a dream? Your Dad and Uncle Mike had a swing set in the side yard and a sandbox with a little striped canopy on top. Their little buddies Lane lived next door, and Hal across the street. We were transferred to the plant in South Carolina when your Dad was three and your Uncle Mike was four, so they don't remember much about living in Georgia. Riegel Textile is all shut down now, I say. But it was once a thriving place. Matt nodded.
Georgia is your Dad's home state, I explain to Matt. Your Papa Don graduated from the University of Alabama and got his first job on the training program at Riegel Textile in Trion. Your Dad was born three months later at Floyd County Hospital in Rome, Georgia, it was the nearest big hospital. That's where he first saw the light of day!