Elaine was Lebanese, second generation, born in Mississippi to parents who immigrated and became naturalized citizens. They were Greek Orthodox, and the church was important to them. She came from a family who hugged and kissed everyone. I laugh when I think of Clint telling me about the first time her father, Joe Farris, hugged him. Coming from the strict German Teutonic background that he did, there we no displays of affection in his home, and Clint was astonished at being so warmly embraced by another man. He once told me that he learned love from Elaine and her family.
© 2011 cj Schlottman
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