Faye Sizemore

A NATIONAL TREASURE

Life is a treasure hunt… and I am an avid huntress. Each day has something delightful to offer. I dearly love little out of the way shops and old country stores crammed with stuff from yesteryear.

McWhorter’s Barn
McWhorter’s Barn

There is nothing more intriguing to me than to find… around the bend in a country road… an old shambling farmhouse and barn. My camera is always handy to record these scenes. I have found many beautiful spots of passing Americana… old buildings… hidden waterfalls, and laurel coated mountains.

Pickens Mountains
Pickens Mountains

Yesterday was no different. I was looking for little waterfalls and old places with character. What I found is nothing less than an American treasure; certainly a piece of history and a source of unending pride.

On a winding back road… tucked between the rhododendron covered hills… in a little home complete with two large dogs… one black and one yellow… by the way, the fattest and friendliest that I have ever seen… I have found one of the most delightful treasures that I have ever come across… heart stopping… a true piece of Americana… complete with all its beauty and pride.

Back Road
Back Road

This treasure is Master Sergeant Franklin Sobin USA Retired… He is a veteran of three wars. He was in the Merchant Marine during WWII… then he joined the Army and served in the Korean War and in the Vietnam War.

We were invited back to talk and we shall certainly go. I cannot wait to hear his stories which he seemed willing to share. He gifted me with this picture when I told him that I would consider it an honor to be allowed to write about his service and post it on the internet.

Franklin Sobin
Franklin Sobin

Now… is he not the most precious treasure find…?