Last weekend my wife and I made a trip to Baton Rouge to see Queen Elisabeth. We had been wanting to see her so when we had the opportuninty we took it.
When we arrived, Queen Elisabeth gave us a royal welcome. I was surprised at how vivacious she was. She smiled at us and her eyes sparkled as she talked to us.
My newest grand daughter is named Elisabeth, and her Uncle John Bridges has dubbed her Queen Elisabeth. She is definitely royalty to me. We refer to her sisters as Princesses. They love to dress up in their Princess gowns and pretend to be Disney Princesses.
The Princesses love their new baby sister a lot. They don't seem to mind that she is a Queen.
When I look at Queen Elisabeth she reminds me so much of the way her Mommy looked at that age. I just had to dig out some of the old photos from when her Mommy was a baby to compare.
I was honored that Queen Elisabeth took time from her busy schedule to spend with me. She even allowed me to have my picture taken with her. I will treasure it forever.
I am looking forward to my next visit with Queen Elisabeth. I will get to see her again in a week.
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I was born in 1956 in Madison, Tennessee, while my parents were attending Madison College. I grew up along the Front Range in Colorado, attending schools in Longmont, Brighton, Boulder and Loveland, Colorado. Two years after graduating from Campion Academy, I married my sweetheart, Regina. We lived in Loveland, Colorado for six years before moving to Mena in western Arkansas.
I love the people of Mena and the friendly easy going way of life here. I have owned and operated my own business since moving to Mena. I enjoy the natural beauty of western Arkansas and being out of doors.
My newspaper column in The Mena Star, An Arkie’s Faith, premiered on January 7, 2016. In March 2017, I published my first book, titled An Arkie's Faith, using articles from the column.