Family Friday- May 3. Welcome to my family. Let’s take a trip down memory lane.
“Family and friends are hidden treasures, seek them and enjoy their riches.” -Wanda Hope Carter
**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- May 3: My Earliest Memories by Alda Bundick (Typed as written)
We spent the night in Carrizozo, that night at Uncle Ray’s. They had gone to Brady and visited all their folks too and when they moved back they moved into town. I don’t know why, but we only stayed one night there, as well as I remember. Then we went on home and Uncle Ray and them moved back out there too. Our house had been broken into and every quilt and dish and everything on the place was gone or tore up. So we had to start all over.
Of course, we knew the family that had done it, but nothing we could do as there was a host of them and all was goofy. So no one messed with them. All our dishes was down behind the tank all broke up. Mama let Aunt Callie keep her machine so it was okay. But my pretty doll I got when we was in White Oaks was gone. I never saw it again. It was still pretty as the day I got it and the only one I ever got. It didn’t take too long to get all set up and ready to go again and we started back to school.
Later, one of the Gravelee girls brought my doll to school and showed it to Mary C. and Raymond but she hid it in some bushes just off the school ground. I ask to be excused and went and looked for it (Raymond had told me) but I never found it. If I had, I would have been scared she would beat me up. One of those gals would yank me around by my hair and slap me all the time anyway when the teacher went to lunch.
The teacher was gone about an hour and old Alfa would do me that way. If she broke one of the pot plants, she slapped on me till I promised to tell the teacher I did it and when she asked I’d say I did and she’d keep me in at recess. She would ask me again and I wouldn’t say anything. She’d say I know you didn’t. I’d tell her Alfa did, but she never did anything cause she was afraid of what they would do.
There were two boys and two girls.They were mean and they were real big. One of the boys had epileptic fits. He had one and threw rocks at everybody. He went outside and threw them in the schoolhouse and one hit Claude on the head. We was all scared to death and finally he left and went home. Then she let us all go home early as everyone was all shook up.
Our teacher’s name then was Mrs. Blackshear. She gave us a party sometimes at special occasions with cocoa and a marshmallow in it. Gee, that was great! I thought if I ever got a chance I’d buy me a big batch and eat all I wanted cause one cup of cocoa and one marshmallow barely got us started. We went to school the rest of that year and part of the next year. Mrs. Blackshear quit and Mrs. McDonald taught us for awhile. She was an older lady and had a boy. But along in February or March, we moved to Alamagardo. Mama had got her a lot built and had several cows to milk and was separating and selling cream and had her chickens and everything was going so good. Dadie and Uncle Ray let Mr. Burnett talk him into trading their places for a grocery store in Alamagardo. Mama cried her eyes out and begged, but they traded anyway.
Uncle Ray was already moved down there and we stayed with them a few days till we rented a house two houses down from them. It was sure nice, even a toilet in the house and bathtub and water and boy I liked that! But it didn’t last long. I hated the big school and so many kids, you never had many friends. Tho I had one I loved dearly. Her name was Edith Joy Lucky—I have thought of her many, many times.
“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