Family Friday- April 19. Welcome to my family. Let’s take a trip down memory lane.
“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs, and returns home to find it.” -George A Moore
**This “book” was handwritten by my great-grandmother and typed by my grandmother. My grandmother typed this as it was written. It will not be grammatically correct. I am not correcting her writing. I am sharing her words, her exact words, and that makes it even more special.
If this is your first Family Friday, you can find part one here.
Family Friday- April 19: My Earliest Memories by Alda Bundick (Typed as written)
When we was at Uncle Henry’s, Uncle Taft came to see us and he brought Lois, his girlfriend, they soon got married. Aunt Lois and Aunt Ruby were sisters too. I thought she was so pretty. Dadie, the boys, and Uncle Henry went fishing and floundering and brought back lots of oysters. I got to stay there with Mama and the little ones. But one day I went and visited school with Aunt Ruby’s niece. I liked Uncle Henry. Their house wasn’t very big but clean as a pin and so neat. But when we went to Aunt Nellie’s she had a great big house with a upstairs with lots of clothes up there and we played dress up a lot.
I especially like the high heeled shoes that buttoned up. I wore them all the time we were there, even when we went downtown. Aunt Nellie went to the store every day and bought groceries for a day at a time. So we got to go plenty. She had 2 children, Kelly and Mary Lou. Aunt Nellie had a long porch all the way across the front of her house with a swing in each end and she’d get in one and swing as high as anyone and she never wore any panties. So it was a sight to see. Her and Mama quilted a quilt while we was there and pieced quilts a lot. We must have stayed there about 2 months. Then in February we went back to New Mexico.
We went back to Granpa’s for a few days and got all ready and went back to Uncle Will’s where Abb and Jim Carter rode from there to View with us. I think we camped out 2 nights on the way from Uncle Will’s to View where we left Jim.
Tho we spent one night down by the Colorado River bridge at Waldrip. We stopped at the store there and they told Uncle Bud we was down there. So that night Uncle Bud and Aunt Eula came down to the truck and visited a while with Mom and them. Mama made up biscuits and fried them on a campfire and fried 2 or 3 at a time. Us kids got one each and sometimes Mama didn’t even get one as Jim Carter ate, seemed to me like 6 or 8. We sure was glad when we left him with his Mama.
I’ll never forget the night we spent there. Me and Clara had to go to the store and get a lamp globe so they would have a light and Aunt Lillie cooked us a good supper. The next morning she started calling Gorley-Gorley-Gorley. Seemed like 100 times to get up and build a fire. She finally quit calling and Dadie got up and built a fire. We was so glad that day they stopped to cook dinner. We got all the biscuits we wanted that time. They were sure good. I don’t remember how many nights we camped out before we got home but it was February and cold.
When we went over the Capitan Mountain, just as we topped the highest point, Dadie’s little galvanized bucket that some one gave him rolled outa the back of the truck and the truck was barely moving. Dadie jumped out and got it. He started to get back in and the truck started down hill and was moving faster and faster and he couldn’t catch us. Abb couldn’t stop. Mama was riding in the front and we kept yelling at them to stop and get Dadie. They thought we was yelling about some donkeys we saw at the side of the road.
Boy we was sailing down that hill and it was a narrow road and we met a care. Abb finally got stopped nearly and yelled George, get out and put a rock under the wheel and we told him Dadie wasn’t in there. So Claude jumped out and put a rock under the wheel and we told them where Dadie was. In a few minutes, a car came down the hill and Dadie was standing on the running board. So they let him off and we got it all straight and then went merrily on our way.
“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31