Charlie, I know you will remember Irma Padilla, our housekeeper since you were a little thing.
I wanted to remind you that she was a good friend, as well.
She took care of me and helped me with the animals.
She was a professional in every way.
And, she was a fine and talented decorator, too.
She used to surprise me by moving things around in the house to really good effect.
She treated my house as if it was her house, and simply did what she thought needed to be done.
And, she loved Cheeky!
(Irma took the pictures in the Fishing Gallery below.)
Irma used to take you and her grandson, Tres Padilla, fishing at one of the neighborhood lakes.
You loved it, and you caught catfish, too.
On this day, you caught the first fish.
You had a great time and learned from the little expert fisherman!
You were about eight years old.
There is a post here about it: http://tinyurl.com/nx3b
In the photo below, Irma is helping you clean the fish for supper.
Irma is attempting to organize the toys in your playroom at the Sherwood house.
She was feigning horror at the prospect for your benefit!
She was fun, and she made you laugh.
You were about three years old, I think.
This is a photo of Irma and Ruben (Listo) Padilla.
I took it at an old bar on the Goliad Highway one night.
The community held a barbeque benefit for them when their house burned.
You remember Listo. He worked for us for years at the plant.
They were good people.
I loved Irma. We had fun, and she was a good friend.