(The McDuffie Mirror invited readers to submit stories about important friendships in their lives. Regena Hawes Hall submitted the following.)
I would like to submit a story about best friends that dates back to the 1940s.
Shirley Hinton (now Jackson) and I met when we were in second grade. She had attended first grade in Lincolnton, Ga. She was a new student when I met her in second grade. We became friends almost immediately. We went through school as best friends.
Everyone in Thomson High School knew that we were inseparable! We spent the night together quite often. She probably spent more nights with me than I did with her. I'm an only child and didn't like going away from home too often.
We have remained friends for 68 years. She now lives in Athens, Ga. We used to drive back and forth to see each other, but age has a way of catching up with us. We talk on the phone and see each other at our graduating class (1953) luncheon, which meets every three months. She has a brother who lives in Thomson, and sometimes after visiting him, she and her husband, Jim, will drop by my house for a visit.
-- Regena Hawes Hall