I got to go with my parents to Homecoming in the beautiful little farm town where they were raised this summer and the entire experience made me realize I didn't know much about my parents childhood. And yes I made my fair share of jokes about going to this one red light town, about it having only one motel with only one room left but I am a true believer that everything happens for a reason and that one room turned out to be the best part of the trip..
I got to spend the entire weekend with my parents. If I had my own room I would have missed so much ... like seeing my daddy's face when we unlocked the door to our room and saw only one bed. He kept saying this can't be our room ... lol ... We quickly found a roll away bed.
But even better than that was lying in the dark and listening to my parents tell stories that I had never heard before about their childhood. Hearing them talk I could clearly see a little blond hair blue eyed girl and a dark hair big browned eyed boy. My daddy is a soft spoken mild mannered man. I have never heard him say a single bad thing about nothing. He would give you his last penny and feed you before he let you leave..
My momma Miss Lois is full of it right up to her blue eyes she has something going on all the time as I listened to her tell stories of all the mischievous things she did I could so see it .. lol During the night she was giggling in her sleep and I'm sure she was a little girl again up to no good. Listening to daddy's soft snores and having him bring us breakfast in bed the next morning are moments I will treasure forever..
My parents were both raised at The Georgia's Childrens Home in Baxley, Georgia I have visited this place many many times in my childhood. Played with kids at the ponds, ran all over the fields and sat in church on Sunday mornings but I never thought about it as anything other than the place that my parents lived as children. Where they met, fell in love and married.. Until this summer I don't think I ever even thought about their lives as children.
My momma, daddy's sister Dot and two other girls sang all over the state of Georgia the entire time they were at the home. This year three of them got to sing together again for the first time in over 50 years it was so much fun watching them they sat on the front pew and giggled through the entire service.
While visiting the home this summer hearing the tales, meeting all of the others that were there as children and getting to see pictures of my parents, some that they had never even seen. I realized this was so much more. These people where my parents family . My daddy and his little sister Dot were raised at the home and momma had her sisters Floye, Rosa Lee and her little brother Elmer with her and then there was at times through the years up to 400 more children. You would think with this many kids they wouldn't remember much about the others but sitting there listening they could remember every little detail about each child maybe a funny story or a sad memory . I wish I knew how to write well enough to put into words every story they told. My daddy left the home when he joined the Air Force a few years later he and momma got married at the little church that they were raised in. I never got to see the original church but a local artist built a replica of it using materials from the church.
My parents pointed out where they used to sit and daddy told me how one Sunday morning he and two other boys got up early and went fishing before church they lost track of time so all three of them jumped on a big white horse and took off. Well the horse was flying and they couldn't stop him. When the horse finally stopped he had his big white head in one of the church windows and everyone was screaming .. lol ... bet they thought the lord had arrived .. lol even momma had never heard that story ..
I would like to share some of the pictures from that weekend here is one of my momma with her tongue sticking out... she still does that to this day !
Momma with her sister's and brother
Momma with some of the others
Momma and daddy's wedding day, daddy with unknown hottie, momma and aunt Dot with others.
Saturday's practice and Sunday morning
Sunday at dinner
The grounds and the archive room which was in a mess. I would love to get my hands on all those pictures before they are ruined forever.
Aunt Dot, me, daddy and Miss Lois
I would like to say I am a very blessed girl and the older I get the more I realize that. I would like to encourage everyone that reads this to make time for the people you love. Forget about what is going on around you just stop and be in the moment for the moments are gone way to soon ~ hugs ya'll, Cherry