“We moved to Midnight from Water Valley when I was five. My dad worked for International Harvester. We lived in a big two-story house in the center of town. It was so pretty. There were other girls around for playmates, and we played cowboys and Indians in my big yard. There were stores back then in Midnight. I thought it was interesting that most of them were owned by Chinese and Italian families.
Leon was a grade ahead of me in school at Silver City. We rode the bus together. I was in first grade when he wrote me a note on a little piece of paper that said, ‘I love you.’ Nobody else saw it, but I was so embarrassed that I threw it out the window. I’ve been sorry ever since. Most dates back then were double dates, but he was the first boy I dated by myself. We went to the picture show in Belzoni. He went to Gulf Coast Military school, the Korean War and to Mississippi State for a while. We dated other people during that time. He dated a girl from Belzoni. I couldn’t stand her. I dated a boy from Coffeeville who wanted to marry me, but I always had Leon in my heart.
Leon and I got married and had two boys. I taught history in school and loved to paint. Leon was a farmer. I was always crazy about him. He took care of me and made sure I would always have a good life, even after he was gone.”