Mrs. Johnson is a 95 year old firecracker with more spunk than most! When I met her I couldn’t believe my eyes! She had her full make up on, including her signature red lipstick. A black silk scarf wrapped around her neck with her hair fixed secured with a white polka dot headband – let’s not forget the big dangle earrings. She wore a red blouse (red is her signature color) and red fuzzy socks. I asked her why she was dressed so fancy and her reply to me was “because I knew y’all was comin’ to my house!” After talking to her I realized that Mrs. Johnson gets up every morning and dresses to the nines, even if she is just staying home.
I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Mrs. Johnson. She has been living in the same house since it was built by her late husband 1946. They moved to Dallas in 1935 from Cottonport, LA, her Dad told her that she could move here if she promised to go to church, she kept her word and has been attending the same church for 60 years. Up until a couple of years ago she drove herself everywhere and did her own yard work. She told me stories about the Hogs that were raised in her back yard. They used to sell these hogs for a living, she said that they once sold a prized hog for $75.00 and said that hog would have been worth over $300.00 today. She can remember when they used to be the only ones on the block and how she used to sleep outside on the front porch because it was nice and cool. Unfortunately there are now bars surrounding her patio. There is also a water pump in her front yard (it no longer works) but she used to sell buckets of water from it for 25 cents – in order for people to wash their cars. They were the only ones on the street who were lucky enough to have a water pump. She makes you want to grab a glass of iced tea and listen to everything she has to say.
Texas AirSystems has a unique opportunity to help Mrs. Johnson spruce up the outside of her home to meet city codes. On day one we had so many volunteers that we were able to accomplish most of our goals. We dug up dead bushes, refinished some chairs, fixed an old garage, laid pavestone and more. We will be heading back this Saturday to finish up.
I hope that Mrs. Johnson has some more stories to share!
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