The Deluded Diva

Last party at Miss Wilma’s is bitter sweet

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While the Prairie Arts Festival was noisily setting attendance records outside in the boiling heat today, the girls of the Class of 65 were holding their own noisy festival of sorts –  just off the festival site in downtown West Point, Mississippi.


We had three missions today – celebrate the entry of three more classmates into the kicking scene of “Route 66” (our euphemism for growing older) and encourage our classmate, Beth, and her sister, Jane, in the monumental task of cleaning out their mother’s beautiful and historic home.

Miss Wilma Hooker, left us last spring after a spectacular ninety-three year run, but it seemed like she was sitting around the kitchen table with us – laughing and remembering the times of our lives

Above, Marie Portera is pictured with Olivia Portera, Ruthie Weathers and Beth Herron, with one of her gifts – a box of Cracker Jacks. Wasn’t it only yesterday that’s what we gave her  for her birthday?

Cracker Jacks must have hit hard times because the prize was pretty droll – a stick-on tatoo…no spinning tops, no miniature soldiers, no whistles.  What a drag.

Oh, yeah, we also attended the 35th edition of the  Prairie Arts Festival.  Beth and Jane got zilch done because it was just too overwhelming and our gang was  no small distraction.

Betty Lynn Cameron (Swamp Daddy) and Jane served up some hot tamales from Greenville where Swamp will be staging the Hot Tamale Festival.  Mark your calendars for October 19 when the Route 66 girls will hold their next board meeting.

Someone mentioned how much we would miss sitting around Wilma’s old oak table and eating cake on someone’s birthday.  Linda Barton Aultman brought the cake as she always does, made by a friend in Hattiesburg.  This may have been the best one ever.  Likewise our times together get better and better.  What a great way to grow old.  Scuse me, make that grow “Old-ER.”

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