Day 23 begins in Dallas. We are headed for Levelland for a couple of days to see Jeannie's mom Emma Jean and Jeannie's brother Bobby and his wife Ann.
We will go through Vernon to put some fresh flowers at the grave of Jeannie's father, Leonard.
However, on the way to Vernon we drive through Wichita Falls, and three years ago, I told my friend Debbie, who is the grants administrator for The Priddy Foundation, that the next time I was in Wichita Falls, that I would surprise them and stop in.
Today was that day, and here we are, and they were surprised.
That is David on the left, the President of The Priddy Foundation, then Pat the administrator, and Debbie, the grants administrator.
You could drive 1000 miles in any direction and not find any nicer more genuine people, and the grants that they (The Priddy Foundation) have awarded to school districts in the area have helped and trained teachers to assist hundreds of students to pass College Board Advanced Placement exams. Wichita Falls ISD and Burkburnett ISD are districts among the best in Texas in that area.
For me, it was one of the highlights of the grandslamtrip to see them again.
After Wichita Falls, we drove to Vernon.
Jeannie's father Leonard, was a great man. He helped raise his brothers and sisters as his father died when Leonard was still in his teens. Leonard fought in the Pacific during World War II, and then he met and married Emma Jean, and worked at the Waggoner Ranch for 48 years. He was a kind man who provided for his family.
Although it is a tough segue, after visiting Leonard's gravesite, we went into Vernon to eat lunch.
Bevo's Drive-in, a Vernon institution since 1972.
Not much has changed since it opened. Great hamburgers, fries, onion rings, etc. and a tribute to the Texas Longhorns football team.
From Vernon to Levelland is miles and miles of miles and miles.
My mother in law, Emma Jean, the best mother in law I could ever imagine.
One of the greatest moms in the world.