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Celia Sinnett Taylor, Jul 12, 2001

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10/14/11 08:21 AM #1    

Michael Daras

Celia and I go back to elementary school. We were both replanted from Southeast Washington to Oxon Hill in 1962. We had attended Draper Elementary, Hart Junior High and Ballou High School. All we had know was now changed, it was difficult for us, having to make new friends becoming familiar with new surrounding and even adapting to new cultures. If you can remember the old Hot Shoppes, the southeast boys and girls owned the inside and the Oxon Hill boys and girls the outside! Where is our loyalties? Do we go inside or stay outside? What a decision, than we realized, hey we own rights to both!

Celia’s family lived on Brandywine Street and my family on Barnaby Street in Southeast Washington, DC not even a city block separated us.  Believe during the 7th grade Celia and I were boyfriend and girlfriend. She was an absolute beauty and all the guys were considered lucky if she would talk to them in public. “I was in heaven”.

My dad owned the Wheeler Super Market and Celia’s dad was in the Air Force, believe stationed at Bowling AFB. I had three sisters and one little brother, Celia a brother named John, alias the “Satan”, John loved music and vodka and was always trying to live up to his name-last I heard John was an executive with a shoe company, he started selling shoes in high school and had move to the executive level-John could sell sand to an Arab!!

While in the service, believe 1965, I was at ComStaPhill Det “A” at Danag RNV. Browsing a Montgomery Wards Catalog and low and behold in the ladies section was this beautiful model, it was Celia, don’t remember my exact words, but delight was certainly among them! Remember showing the Chief her picture and staying this is my old girlfriend, he looked at the model looked at me and said “sure”. It was Celia, and for those few moments she had taken me back half a world away, and to a time that was carefree and joyful.

It was the early 70’s when we would be reconnected, I was serving on the Ambulance while in the DCFire Department and she was employed at Cafritz Hospital, working for a doctor. A few days later we were out on the town talking of the good old days, it was a wonderful evening this would be the last time I would see her!  Do not know how she died, but I do know this, this world is a better place because she had once occupied space here.

Goodbye old friend, thanks for all the great memories, we shall meet again.  


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