I know why this song was playing in my mind; today is the funeral of a lady who was part of both my childhood and my adult life. Martha “Sis” Sauer certainly shares a big part of my memories. For a short time, while I was growing up, my family lived 3 houses away from her family. She and her husband Charlie had 3 children: Bonnie, who is 2 years older than me; Cheryl, 1 year older and Charles, Jr. (Chuck), who was a year younger than my brother. The Sauer’s had a taxi service in Flemingsburg and for many years they provided transportation for people all over Fleming County. As a 10 year old, I was not only impressed with their occupation but also with the fact that they actually had a Coke truck that regularly stopped and left Cokes at their house! There was no one else that I knew who had that golden opportunity to always have “pop” at their disposal.
We weren’t neighbors very long but since we children were so close in age, our lives touched for many years. As an adult, I was a running mate of Charlie’s when he entered a political race to serve as Fleming County Circuit Clerk. We did not win but I have always enjoyed politics and I certainly met a lot of different people and learned a lot about the uncertain world of political campaigns.
Having always lived in a small town, I was lucky to have known many wonderful people over the years. I am glad to have had the opportunity to know and enjoy the company of Martha and her family and I know that she will be missed by many. Yes, there are “many memories pressed between the pages of my mind” and as I get both older and smarter, I treasure them more and more.
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