1966 or 67
Soooooo many memories of things we did together: Going to Sunday school, church, and vacation bible school always together. I've always explained the bible to my children; teaching each of them to reverence and obey God always. We (You, Rhonda, Edmund (Junnie) purchased model cars to be assembled; what fun we had putting them together; painting, decorating the cars; then on Friday nights we'd go to the hobby shop to race our cars with others who also assembled model cars; most of the time we won the races. Tuesday evenings we would do pantomine, Wednesday nights, I'd fry chicken for the drive in movies; we'd take sodas, cookies, chips etc. to the 61st Drive-In-Theater. One night You and Rhonda were covered in turpentine (you'd been playing in my turpentine without my knowledge or consent) and, this was our drive-in-night. When we left for the drive-in of course no one didn't really smell it until we rolled the windows up in order to attach the movie speakers to the car; WOW! did we leave in a hurry! Remembering the evenings the family would go to the pizza shop in town; they were the best pizza's or the Ice cream dairy in Levitown they served the largest dips of "homemade" ice cream; going to the "Hot Shoppe" on 69th & Market Sts. for milk shakes, french fried and hamburgers or our going to the Uptown theater or the Tower theaters for the stage shows such as (James Brown and etc.) also, all the enjoyment we had at the Penny Arcade downtown; how could we ever forget going to the Philadelphia International Airport sitting on the observation deck and watching as planes arrived and departed although, that is not permitted anymore (at that time there was an outside observation deck we'd wrap up in blankets because it would get very chold). The fun we had playing Manopoly, shooting marbles, going to the skating rink. going to Fairmount park and amusement parks. We'd go to the Gimbles Thanksgiving Day parade at Thanksgiving and from there home to a huge dinner. I would bake cookies at Cristmas, and we sanded train tracks in order to run the train around the Christmas tree; we'd decorate the house for Christmas and have a huge Christmas dinner; also, the Mummers Parade after Christmas. So many fun things we did together!! Darrell you and Mickey - the two of you were inseparable: both of you got into trouble together and fought and cried together; you were more like brothers than first cousins. You named your dog Ulysses called him "Lysie" for short and you and Junnie would dress the dog in your clothes (he hated it but you didn't seem to care); to us Lysie was more human than canine. I remember your pet turtles, frogs, Gerbils, parakeets, and never shall I forget your pet parrot. We had so many happy moments together and those memories will always remain in our hearts Darrell. Most of all Darrell, you knew we loved you dearly and we knew you loved us.
Darrell enjoyed writing, one of the things he wrote in 1973 was published in the school paper at West Philadelphia High School. as follows:
MUSIC OF LIFE
Darrell Lynn Ellis
Life is like a melody with changing rhythm controlled by changing notes. Lifes rhythms change as do stages of your life. As the growing of a child you sang a carefree song controlled by notes of sweet inspiration but as time goes by someone will change the tune by singing into your life an off note. Because as a child everyone wanted to show you how sweet life can be, and to you the song sounded good, but reality changed that note. Reality, it always comes in the middle of your best notes changing your melody.
Notes, people and their problems transferred to you as the over powering reality comes through this song of life. In actuality, life is a beautiful sound only the tune cannot always follow the beat or else life's song becomes too sweet, and your ears adjust, and the sweet sound becomes bitter, and your song of sweet soon sounds similar to the stinch of the sad sound of the bitter note "Life".