Saturday, August 30, 2014

My Friend Tucker

What a great day!  My daughter and I took a trip down to Southern Maryland today to visit my old high school friend, Tucker, and his wonderful family.  We had a great time!  Tucker and his wife, Tracy, have a pool, so my girl was able to spend the day swimming with their kids.  Tucker is a pretty good barbecue chef, too, and he grilled veggies and burgers for us (and tipped me off to some great seasoning:  Cavender's all purpose Greek seasoning).

Eric and Tucker

Tucker and I first got to know each other way back when we were freshmen at Frederick Douglass High School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.  We had several classes together, and since we had a bunch of friends in common, we got to know each other, too.  Tucker's laid back demeanor lead to him having many friends and he was very popular.  I was the tall quiet kid, so it was much harder for me to make friends, though I was fortunate to have classes with many of the popular kids, which allowed me to be at least somewhat in the popular circle.  That was important for a high school introvert.  Tucker and I became closer as the years went by, and despite the fact that he went away to school for college, we still got together when he was in town, along with several of our buddies, Kirk, his brother, Darrell, and Jim.

Eric, Tucker, Jim, and Darrell at the Road Kill Cafe, in the Middle Of Nowhere, MD

Even after we all got married (except for Jim), we continued to stay close, and Teresa, my wife, got to meet Tracy, Tucker's wife, before Teresa passed away.  Tucker was very supportive of me after that, and the gang tried to get together every few months or so.  After Tucker's father passed away, we seemed to lose touch.  We didn't see each other for a few years, but several weeks ago, Tucker invited us all down to visit.  Several of the guys couldn't make it, but my daughter, Melody, and I were able to visit and we had a blast.  Their daughter and mine found out they have a lot of the same interests, and I'm hoping they can get together regularly.

Tucker, Jim, Eric (in black), Darrell, and Kirk, Maryland Heights, with Harper's Ferry in the background.

Thanks, Tucker & Tracy, for the great food, and fantastic time.  You guys are awesome!  We're looking forward to another get-together soon.

Have a great evening, everyone!

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