She taught at Lincoln and Monroe Elementary schools and kept boxes of school photos, most lacking names on the backs.
“She loved children,” he said of his mother. “She devoted her life to children.”
Parman, a veteran of the same Army unit as Elvis Presley, stays busy sorting through the memorabilia. “I’m just a hoarder,” he said. “I come from a whole family of photographers.”
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Some newer photographs, hundreds of them, caught my eye Thursday at the Cleveland County Fair. Photojournalist Kyle Phillips and I were invited to judge the adult and youth categories of this year’s fair.
There’s a lot of talent out there. My favorites were still life and the insects photographed in the wild. We were promised Indian tacos from the concession stand if we came back after lunch. It didn’t happen but the smell carried me through the day.
County fairs are a staple of life in middle America. This is the first year in many that my mother-in-law didn’t enter quilts and bring home a ribbon. Perhaps she’ll enter one in her new home, two states away.
Andy Rieger email@example.com 366-3543