Commentary

JUDGE’S COMMENTS

‘Lifelong companions’ have big roles to play
David Barkemeyer
Milam County Judge

This past weekend my family gathered at the historic Stagecoach Inn in Salado to celebrate Margia’s birthday and I couldn’t help but think about what it means to be “Margia’s husband”.

Those of you that know me know that I’m not one to do much looking back, but indulge me for just this once.

When we moved back to Cameron 13 years ago after 32 years of living all over the place with Dow Chemical where Margia usually was introduced as Dave’s wife, suddenly when I went to the grocery store here where her mom worked I would be introduced as Margia’s husband Dave.

Before long she bought L&M Jewelry and Gifts and then all over town I was known as Margia’s husband, quite a change from the Dow days.

Then, pretty soon, she was elected to be president of the Cameron Chamber of Commerce, and sitting at the head table with her at the Chamber banquet that year, she introduced me to the guest speaker Drayton McClain, you guessed it, “Meet my husband David”.

A few days ago I met a fellow, Dr. Roy Hann, lives out on CR 353 south of Gause as well as over in College Station.

He related that he recently retired from the Civil Engineering Department at A&M, having begun his teaching career there in 1965, the same year Margia and I left.

Coincidentally she worked in the CE department earning a living for us while I finished my degree.

Margia tells the story of how she first noticed me playing ball with a friend in Ben Arnold while she was visiting her aunt and uncle there in the early 1950’s.

I went to school for three years in the small red brick schoolhouse there, the same building where I asked her for our first date at a teen dance in the summer of 1959.

Don’t do the math, I admit we were too young.

We went to a movie at the 77 Drive-In in Cameron in my dad’s 1949 black Ford.

As our 48th. wedding anniversary approaches next week, I realize just how much my lifelong companion means to me.

And I want you the citizens of Milam County to know that I am fully aware and I want you to be aware of how much time and energy and concern it takes on Margia’s part for me to be doing what I am doing these days.


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