Friday, September 30, 2016

Hey! it's me. Addie!

Hey, it’s me. Addie.

This picture is of me in my early twenties when I was Addie Naomi Basham. Later, I became Addie B. Dillon, but I’ve always been Addie.  And I still am.

I lived a pretty good life. I was born to a large, loving country family. I had good parents, we went to church, we went to school, I knew love.

Along with my husband, Frank, we owned and operated Frank’s Café (AKA Frank & Addie's Cafe) in Rocky Mount, Virginia for 45 years.  In those years, I received the precious gifts of my children, Greg and Tracy, my grandchildren, Morgan and Layne, and made so many wonderful friends.

I especially enjoyed the church family I found at Franklin Heights Baptist Church and my associations with other professionals in American Business Women’s Association (ABWA).

I loved having my extended family visit during Christmas, one of our two opportunities to gather throughout the year. Since I’ve been disabled, Tracy and Greg have continued to honor my birthday (December 19) by hosting a birthday party for me at Friendship Manor. So many of my nieces and nephews, my brothers and sister, always come to celebrate the day.  In some way, it has been a way to continue that tradition.

The second was our annual family reunion. I never missed one. They were a highlight of my life when I got to visit with my many aunts and uncles and cousins from outlying areas. Those were great times.

I had the opportunity to travel extensively. I traveled abroad and to many of the states in the US. I loved it, experiencing different cultures, seeing the tourist attractions.

On December 19th, I will be 85 years old. Over those 85 years, I experienced much happiness.  I experienced sorrow. I was a daughter, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and a great grandmother, and a professional business woman. I worked hard, I loved hard, I lived my life. Isn't that what it's all about?

The past few years have been difficult. Dementia is painful. For everyone.

I’m still here!

Love to you all,


Thank you, Tracy, for your love and dedication.

My twin, Alcoy (1931 - 1947)

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