“As she turned her head, there was a popping/pulling sound in her neck that triggered a stroke and would end the hopes and dreams for a promising life————-or would it?”
I cannot remember the first time I laid eyes on Peggy Taylor, but I do recall that she was the prettiest girl I had ever seen. During our growing up years as first cousins, there were many occasions that I would be in her presence either at school or the many times the families of Will and Euemma Garman gathered. The adults would gather in the parlor to play Rook, work on putting the pieces to a large puzzle together, or just talk. The young folks would gather in the kitchen and play games, laugh and act silly. Then there were times like square dances at the old Mill, get-togethers at each other’s homes, ice cream suppers and Sunday afternoons at the Garman homeplace. I never told anybody about my infatuation with Peggy, mainly because I was the shyest boy in Catawba until my ninth grade year in high school. I could imagine there would have been a lot of teasing and laughing at my expense had I made my feelings about her known.
It was a cold day on Wednesday, January 3, 1979, as Peggy left work to drive home. In three months she would turn 40 and had to be feeling very blessed with her new job and the approaching golden years with Henry, Judy, Pam, and grandchildren. As she pulled out of the parking lot of the Sanatorium she turned her head to check traffic and felt something pop and pull in her neck. She felt dizzy but was able to drive home which was just a few minutes away.
Just three weeks into her job, as the year 1979 unfolded Peggy’s life would change forever.
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