Wednesday, January 6, 2010

"Almost" Elvis Story

School has started back up at our house and now I'm playing catch-up on reading everyone's blogs. My older two boys have gone back to college and we're getting back on our regular schedule. It's hard to believe it's 2010!I come from a family of storytellers, and I seem to be carrying on the tradition. My kids have heard all of my stories. “Over and over” they would say. Here are a few of them…I’ve been held up…I’ve worked for spies (unknowingly)…I’ve worked for an actress and met a long list of celebrities…I’ve been on a date with Eddie Munster (well, that’s not his real name but now you know who I‘m talking about, and this one is a bit embarrassing anyway)…
I’ve walked in on a robbery in progress and didn’t even know it, and left while it was still going on…I’m a descendant of a man who ran for president twice (and lost both times!). These are just a few, and they’re all true. My life before becoming a blessed mom and wife.
Now you must be wondering why I have photos of Elvis on the post? Well, January 8th is his birthday. If he was still alive, he would be turning 75. I was a big fan of Elvis during a time when most of my friends were fans of Rod Stewart and Elton John, etc., etc. My 8th grade teacher was giving away his old 45’s to his students and he knew I liked Elvis so he gave me this.I still have it. Maybe it's worth something now.

I had one friend that liked Elvis too, and the year before he died, when I was 16 years old, we went to see him in concert. We were in the nosebleed section but we didn’t care, it was wonderful.
He died 2 days after my 17th birthday. Yes, I'm 49. I was heartbroken, just like many others all over the world. I took art classes in school, so I drew a picture of him. Not the best, but I thought it looked kind of like him. My art teacher put it in an art show in the mall, and this is what happened to it.
Yep, somebody came up and kissed my picture. Boy was I mad! A few years later I met an artist who told me that he’d been commissioned to paint a picture of Elvis and he’d put lips on the cheeks that showed a “kiss” just like this. He even sent me a photo of the painting. I wish I still had it. I'd show it to you now. It did make me feel a little better.

Anyway, when I was 22, I was working for an actress and sometimes I took acting classes with her. My acting partner was a guy named Michael Edwards. I bet you don’t recognize that name, do you? He was Priscilla Presley’s boyfriend.
He later wrote a tell all book about his years with Priscilla Presley. One day she came to class to watch our scene and I got to meet her. All my life I wanted to meet Elvis, and now I was meeting his ex-wife. I wanted to ask her so many questions about him, but what can you say? I was standing there with her boyfriend, so I couldn’t very well ask about her ex-husband. I just said “hello”, we made a little small talk, and that was it. Gone was any opportunity to find out about him from someone who knew him best.

I still have the record though :-)
Blessings,
Marcia

40 comments:

Marla at Always Nesting said...

Wow, you've had an amazing life. I bet we could talk for hours and hours if we met in person.

Julie Harward said...

Loved this post! I too just loved Elvis..in the end I felt very sorry for him. He got ate up by fame..too bad. I've had some moments with famous people too..loved hearing about yours. Do you ever wish you had become famous? Or are you glad for the path your life took? :D

sylvia said...

good morning.
you had a amazing life,very nice to hear about.
I like Elvis to,
sorry he is dead.
schol had startet her to,5january,
we had a vert cold weather in skandinavia now,her is -46c in the middel of norway.brrr..its cold.
i south were we live is -14c,ut we had a strengh wind,and is cold.
I wish you and you family a very nice dag.
from sylvia

ruth said...

You're one good storyteller! Many people have amazing lives but only few could tell as interestingly as you did here. Thanks for sharing. i sure did enjoy my visit.

Christine said...

That's a great story and you definitely have the knack of storytelling! Looking forward to hearing more!
Best wishes
Christine

Becky K. said...

Great post!

You are a very talented artist, as well. People are so hard to draw!!

Thanks for the insight into your background. What a cool story.
Life on the West Coast is slightly different than here.

Happy back to school days...

Becky K.

Libby said...

Feel free to tell your stories here - we'd love to hear them . . . all *s*
I missed the Elvis bandwagon during his lifetime (you and I are the same age) but have come around as the years have passed. My favorite 'Elvis' is Black Leather Elvis from the television special.

My name is PJ. said...

Marcia, I loved this post!!! Entertaining and fascinating! Each one of those paragraphs should be a separate blog post....even now...it's not too late.

Really fun!

Shirley... said...

I love hearing stories! You have so many great ones to share!!

Thanks for sharing...

I hope that you have a good start to your school week. :)

LLJ said...

Oh! My! Word! That is a great story! You have had a very interesting life! Thanks for sharing this! It is going to make me SMILE all day long!
Leanne

Marsha said...

Marcia, I loved this post as well! You have a knack for telling the story in a fun way..giving us a little but not too much info - I am smiling wide after reading it (well not about the robbery part)!

Kelli said...

Stories are good! And these are better Elvis stories than my MIL can share. All she has is that she shares a birthday with him. Same day, same year, and it is thrilling to her.

Michelle said...

Marcia, you and my aunt would get along. She locked herself in her room when Elvis died. I think she was 14. I grew up in a house where we watched all his movies and listened to his music (that's why his Christmas album made it to my Christmas music list). I love that you got to see him.

katie said...

You have great stories to tell. Loved it . I can remember when Elvis was on Ed Sullivan show and they would only show from the waist up, because of to much hip action. And look where TV is today.
I love Elvis also.

Janean said...

At least ya got the record and some great memories! 75? wow....

Andrea said...

What an adventure! I am glad you still have the record. I had my hubbies 1965 stereo worked on and he still plays 33's and 78's. The kids and I love it.
andrea

Mandy in Mayberry said...

Some very cool things have happened to you!

I was interviewed on our local news once . . . does that count?

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

That is so cool Marsha! I loved reading about all this, your kids must be kind of impressed! We always joke that the principle at my hubby's high school looks like Eddie Munster all grown up, and here you went on a date with the real one! I think your painting of Elvis is very good, you have some real talent there! Good Luck with the home schooling that is always amazing to me because I know to do it right, you have to give it your all! Hugs, Cindy

Shelley said...

What interesting people that you have crossed paths with! Liked that picture of Elvis you did!!

Diana said...

Well, I loved this story!!!

Keep sharing.....

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BailiwickDesigns said...

Great post! I didn't know you hobnobbed with the famous! I remember when Elvis died - I was painting a weather map at Channel 2 news, and all the women there were so heartbroken! I, on the other hand, wasn't a fan of Elvis (sorry!). ::Jill

Jeni said...

What a great story....the kiss on the painting was so funny!

Mimi Sue said...

Loved your Elvis story. You're a pretty good artist. Looks just like him. I have an ancestor that ran for president too. Back in the 1800's he was a prohibitionist. Maybe he ran against your ancestor! Mimi

Beverly said...

Boy, you do have a lot of stories to tell. You have led an interesting life. I especially enjoyed the part about Elvis as I have always been a fan too and got too see him in Vegas in 1970. You are such a baby at 49, I feel so old. Enjoyed your stories.

Behind My Picket Fence said...

What wonderful memories you have of a very interesting life! I almost didn't recognize Priscilla P. - she was so pretty there - before she started messing with her face. Or at least it appears to me she's had plastic surgery. Glad I'm not a celeb so I don't have to look glamorous. (I'd fail anyway! LOL)

Gloria McQueen Stockstill said...

Wow! All the years I'ved known you and I didn't know these things!!! I'm surely glad you and the Munster guy didn't get serious. I think the kids are much cuter with Russ as a dad than they would have been with the Munster dude!

Manuela@TPOH said...

Great story! Sounds like you've lead a really interesting life!

Manuela

Geisslein said...

thank you very much for your lovely comment today! Hope your weekend will be a very beautiful one!!!:o)

Anne~fiona and twig said...

You really DO have some interesting stories! Your Elvis drawing is wonderful, I think the lipstick adds a real pop-art aspect to it.

Have a wonderful Saturday!
Anne

koralee said...

Thank you for visiting me..I remember the day Elvis died. I never really was a huge fan but it was a sad day indeed. Have a great weekend!

T's Daily Treasures said...

Sounds like you have had a wonderful, exciting life! Loved this walk back through time with you. Wishing you a wonderful day! Blessings, Tammy

Lisa said...

Marcia, thank you for your encouragement!! I love to know that I am not alone in my struggles. As for Jan 8?! My hubby shares his birthday with Elvis :)

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Marcia, I just love all your "stories". Such an interesting SoCal life you've had! All of us Midwesterners are in awe. But I HAVE met Brad Pitt. He's from Springfield!
hugs,
Debra

~ Judy ~ said...

WOW!!!!!!!!!! GREAT STORY!
Can we hear ALL the other ones now too????? PLEASE???? LOL
You can do a "real life story" post each week!!!!!!!!

~ Judy ~ said...

Sorry...but I had to pop back on here and say that I think your husband LOOKS like that Michael guy!!!!!!!!!

Farm Chick Paula said...

Oh I loved Elvis so much... I was 7 when he died and I was crushed... I still have my Moody Blue album (the record is even blue!) and could never part with it.

Karen said...

Wow! What a story! You are so lucky! I always have thought it was neat that I was born on the very exact day and year as Lisa Marie Presley--2/1/1968. I wish I knew what time she was born--that would be interesting to see how close we were. Thanks for sharing your incredible story! Karen

Terra said...

I enjoyed hearing about your Elvis connection. The first album I ever had was Blue Hawaii, full of great music.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Love, Love, Love this. For my 49th Birthday my son bought me a collection of Elvis songs on CD...we all laughed as we played them. When he died it was my future husband that broke the news to me! I can remember where I was standing when I heard.
Too funny...I didn't listen to any of those other singers either...
Enjoyed....nice getting to know you,
Janette