Two years before I met the love of my life she started playing cello with the Amarillo Symphony. She was a junior in the Amarillo High school when she first tried out and was accepted to play with the symphony, who would have thought that 50 years later she would still be playing. She was out of Amarillo while she attended the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque NM at which time she also played with the Albuquerque Symphony. And then when I was in the Navy she came out to San Diego to meet the ship, she had brought her cello with her. We loaded all the cars and wives on the ship where we went to Bremerton Washington to put the ship in dry dock; while we were there she played with the Bremerton Symphony.
This past weekend was the final performances for the season of the Amarillo Symphony and they surprised Charlotte by recognizing her for her 50 years. She was so surprised when they announced it to the audience just before the concert on Friday night, and then at intermission we surprised her again by my son, his wife, and Riley, plus her nephew and his wife and I met her back stage. She was prepared for Saturday night’s performance but they surprised her with a necklace and again we went back stage at intermission this time it was her niece and her husband. The symphony asked her to be at the Symphony office by 2:00 pm Monday, so when we arrived they had one of our local TV station interview her which was another surprise for her. In the picture Charlotte is the one holding her cello out while they introduce her.