Today was an eventful day. Betty, Joe, John and I met Lindsey, Josh, Connie and Dawg for lunch at Mamma Hamil’s Restaurant. We all enjoyed good food and lot’s of laughter. From Hamil’s we drove over to fire station #4 for a tour then back to the camper to feed Fred before heading off to the Matt’s house for the retirement party.
It was a great day for the party with warm temperatures and sunny skies. We arrived shortly after 4:00 p.m. and people started pouring in. There were former Ridgeland Fire Fighters, retired fire fighters, family and friends. The food was catered by Fireman John’s BBQ. He is also a Ridgeland Fire Fighter and competes in cooking competitions and has competed in the Memphis in May BBQ cook-off in the past. He served BBQ pulled pork, potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans, banana pudding and brownies. Everything was very tasty. John and Mark Hardy were presented with large plaques with consisted of there badges, name plates, patches and fire helmets. The plaques were designed and constructed by Ridgeland Fire Fighter Marc Moore. They are beautiful and I am sure they mean alot to Mark and John as a fellow fire fighter made them.
After eating, drinking and the presentation of the plaques lots and lots of fellowship and laughter followed. As the sun was setting they started a bon fire. The weather was perfect. We finally made it back to the camper around 11:15 p.m.
Remember to laugh everyday. Happy trails. Stay safe.