A couple of weeks ago I saw the movie Bucket List with my wife and daughter. It’s a great theme and it got me to thinking of some things I’d like to do before I can’t do them anymore. In April I’m planning a trip to Albany, Ga. and Plains, Ga. I was stationed in Albany, Ga. at the Naval Air Station in 1973 and early 1974. I worked at the base dispensary as a US Navy Corpsman. I haven’t been back in 30 years. The last time I was at the dispensary was in May of 1977 when I was on reserve duty. Albany was a lovely place. It was hotter than hell in the summer with high humidity. I lived in air conditioned quarters and the dispensary had air conditioning, but in between it was very muggy. I worked in labor and delivery and the newborn nursery. I’ve often thought over the years of the children and mothers I cared for. I’ve thought too of the doctors, corpsmen and nurses I worked with. I wish it were possible to see them once again.
I also want to visit Plains, Ga. and the Maranatha Baptist Church where President Jimmy Carter worships. I was in Plains once and that was in 1977 when Mr. Carter was President. I remember there was big peanut in the middle of the road, at least that is my memory of it. I’ve read most of President Carters books and even contributed to his foundation occasionally. He’s my favorite President. Jimmy Carter doesn’t just talk about Christianity, he lives it.