Family Memories Made One at a Time

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Mother, Mary Evelyn, Clara, Wesley, and I recently visited my Aunt Nan (Mother’s sister) and Uncle Jerry. I have written about Uncle Jerry before. This is the photo I shared then.

Uncle Jerry the Clown
My Uncle Jerry has lots of hobbies. He displayed one of them in a local talent show in 2013.

Here’s a photo taken after the talent show.

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Aunt Nan, Charlene, Uncle Jerry in 2013

Aunt Nan and Uncle Jerry love our children (their great-nieces and great-nephew) and our grandchildren (their great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews). When I talk to Aunt Nan on the phone, she wants to know their news.

As we visited recently, Jerry mentioned how much my daddy would have enjoyed Clara and Wesley. He’s right. I never knew a man who loved children more than Daddy. Above the laundry sink in my pantry, I have a shelf of objects that remind me of Daddy.

Daddy Things
  • Two Mr. Peanut cups we bought on one of our trips to the Peanut Shop in the arcade in downtown Nashville when I was a little girl.
  • The Barnum and Bailey animal cracker tin Daddy and Mother gave us when we were new parents.
  • The copper-colored cowboy boots Daddy got when his family went to Texas to visit Mama Sue’s brother Dudley when Daddy was a little boy.
  • A little brown jug we picked up somewhere as a souvenir — probably in Gatlinburg.
  • A Campbell’s Kid that Mother and Daddy gave us. Daddy probably got it for ordering cases of Campbell’s Soup for our family’s grocery store.

The son of homeschooling friends made the shelf. The collection of stuff that sits on it tells a family story of four generations.

Mama Sue loved her brother in Texas enough to want to go from Tennessee to Texas to visit him — way back in the 1930s or 1940s. Daddy Leland loved her enough to take her and the kids.

Daddy was a faithful worker in his Daddy’s grocery store. Daddy loved Mother, Steve, and me enough to take us to fun places, like the Peanut Shop and Gatlinburg. Mother loved her sister Nan so much that we made the three-hour drive to see them often. Daddy loved Mother enough to take her (hmm . . . wonder where he learned that!). Daddy developed a close relationship with Nan and Jerry, too. In fact, I think he would have taken us, even if Mother hadn’t wanted to go!

Daddy and Mother loved our children enough to give them the animal cracker tin and the Campbell’s Kid doll — and to bless them in many other ways, too.

Family memories are made one at a time. Have fun making them! They last for generations.

Therefore encourage one another and build up one another,
just as you also are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11



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