Family Friday- May 10. Welcome to my family. Let’s take a trip down memory lane.
“Family is a unique gift that needs to be appreciated and treasured, even when they’re driving you crazy. As much as they make you mad, interrupt you, annoy you, curse at you, try to control you, these are the people who know you the best and who love you.” -Jenna Morasca
**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.
TRIGGER WARNING!! Talks about the loss of a young child.
Family Friday- May 10: My Earliest Memories by Alda Bundick (Typed as written)
After school was out, Aunt Mary and Uncle Ray lost little Billy. He had a scients infection (?) and Jackie did too. But Jackie made it. I remember the 2 or 3 cars that took us to Ancho to the funeral. They had the casket tied on the back of the car in front of us and we all went up there. Aunt Mary and Uncle Ray had moved about 6 blocks from us, but they never came back to that house after losing Billy. They sent and got their stuff and they stayed with Uncle Red until they moved to Gran Quivera.
We went back and Dadie held down the store until they closed us out and we had to leave so we moved up to Uncle Red’s too. They had a house down in the pasture. We had our beds down there and ate with them. Dadie cut wood and bought groceries all that summer and Uncle Red had a good crop in the field full of beans, corn, squash, and pumpkins. So we canned green beans and corn all summer. It was lots of fun but we got tired of it. They had to cook on a wood stove too, and besides fixing them, you had to get wood and nearly roast.
I sure enjoyed that summer at Uncle Red’s. We made playhouses and made quilts. Aunt Callie and Mama made several quilts that summer too and Aunt Callie hung a quilt out on the picket yard fence and it stayed there several days.
So Myrtle and me got some scissors and went on the outside of the yard fence and cut us out a corner to fit our doll bed and we was going to quilt it just like they did. But it didn’t work for us. So Lee came along and showed us how. He made sticks 6 or 8 inches long, catty-cornered across the quilt. Myrtle had that quilt last time I thought to ask her about it. Aunt Callie never said one word about the corner missing either. When they got ready to cover it, she put an old blanket or something in that corner and never said a word. Aunt Callie was so good. She let us make soda pop and take our dinner to the playhouse or anything we wanted. I guess she was getting us outa her way. We sure had lots of fun tho.
Awhile before time for school to start, we moved to Liberty and pulled beans for awhile before school started. I sure got tired of that job. The weeds grew up so high they couldn’t plow them up and separate them. So we went down each row and pulled out the bean vines until we got an armload, then we piled them up—about every 6 rows. We had a windrow and walked in it about a mile for dinner. I was sure glad to see Aunt Lila hang a red rag on the line telling us it was time for lunch. Then we walked back after dinner and pulled some more.
Then they hauled in a bunch to our house, Mama and Dadie thrashed them out by hand, got $3.00 per 100 lbs. But we had started school—walked a 1/2 mile to school and we went to church and singings on Sunday evening and I sure enjoyed that. We had a man teacher and he was real smart. He saw outa the back of his head. We went to school there with Uncle Jack’s kids. It was a little one-room school with 8 grades in it. There was 4 in the 6th grade, which was the grade I was in.
We wasn’t very far from Uncle Wesley. I had went one summer and stayed about a month with them because Uncle Wesley’s wife had died and he had a girl my age, Vera, and she had Saint Vitus Dance (nervous shakes.) So he wanted me to stay because maybe it would help her. I guess it did. She got a little better while I was there. Aunt Hattie came up to keep house for Uncle Wesley while I was there. She had a little boy. He was about 2 or 3. So he was lots of company for Vera.
Leonard took me back home to Uncle Red’s and they took me home when they went to take a load of wood to town. I guess that was the summer that Fat and Timer was little. Anyway, when we lived at Liberty, we never did get to go see them, but they came to see us one time.
“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