Marilyn Myer Crisp

I have so enjoyed reading about all the accomplishments, travels and life experiences of our classmates!  In comparison, my life has been rather uninteresting but fulfilling none the less.  I will try to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and give a Reader’s Digest version of the past fifty  years.  Has it really been FIFTY years?
The fall following graduation I headed off to Jones Business College in Orlando to meet up with my good friend Gloria (Hart) Elsner.  We finished our studies in the spring and headed back to Sarasota and found jobs.  The next year we had the opportunity to go to Bermuda with a circus from Canada.  We practiced hard (we were still in pretty good shape after being in Sailor Circus).  We had a great time and made the grand sum of $100 and of course room and board for three weeks worth of fun.  The “room” was a tent that slept three and we showered in the shower tent.  I guess that cured me of the camping bug for a lifetime.  Now I like to camp at The Four Seasons, The Ritz Carlton, Holiday Inn, etc.!
After returning home in June of 1962 I had a “blind” date with Paul Crisp.  I guess it was half blind because I knew what he looked like but he was completely blind.  We were a hit immediately and June of 1963 we married.  In July we moved to Charleston, WV (I had never been to WV).  August 1st we started Crisp Manufacturing Company with Paul’s father.  A couple of years later his younger brother joined the business.  It was long hours and hard work and quite an adjustment for this Sarasota girl but as it turned out I made some wonderful friends and still think fondly of our time in WV.
In June of 1964 our first daughter, Candria was born, three years later our son Paul III, three years later our second daughter Cynthia and EIGHT years later our icing on the cake, third daughter Carrie Sue.  AT the moment none of these wonderful children are married (no grandchildren) but our youngest is engaged and we are planning her wedding for February 5th, 2011 in Costa Rica.
In 1977 we moved our business to Rural Retreat, VA where it remains.  Our son works in the business and Paul is semi-retired.  We enjoy winters in Sarasota and have a home in Robbinsville, NC on Lake Santeetlah. We are delighted to entertain friends both on the lake and in Sarasota.
I have thoroughly enjoyed being a wife and mother for the past 47 years and am looking forward to seeing all of you In October!