An Angel Pin for Arthur Lee McClain

Virginia Kernaghan gives an angel pin to Arthur Lee McClain. Arthur has been a friend since 5th grade and he is an angel in her life.

Arthur Lee McClain
by Virginia Hollis Kernaghan

ArthurLeeMcClain1.jpgHe has been my friend since 5th grade. I have always been drawn to his smile, his friendly ways, and his bright eyes. We were in the same class at school. During 6th grade however, I had to go to the hospital in Galveston for surgery on my back as a result of Polio, so for awhile, we didn't see each other. For several years I had to be in and out of the hospital for surgery, and part of that time, the surgery was on my legs. In 8th grade, I had to use crutches, and since Arthur Lee sat directly behind me, he decided it was his job to hand me the crutches each day for they were leaning at the back of the classroom by the door.

One day I had on a red and white striped pinafore with a big sash at the waist. Of course, I thought I looked great! During the history class, Arthur Lee decided to tie me into the chair, using that sash as the "rope". However, everyone in class except the teacher and I knew what he had done for I was busy trying hard to learn all that lesson. When the bell rang, of course, I could NOT get out of the desk, and there was Arthur Lee standing with half the class just outside the door looking in, laughingly teasing me, and I was screaming:"Just wait until I get out of this desk!"

In high school we dated a few times, and wrote a lot of letters, and finally although we each married some one else, we are still close friends, and always will be. He and his wife call me, send e-mail, Christmas and birthday cards. He is my friend and so is his wife Dottie, and I call them my angels.

The photos on this page came from Virginia Kernaghan's photograph albums of memories.

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