Little known facts:
Monday, July 3, 2017
Families and separations
Little known facts:
1. The leg bones of a bat are so thin that no bat can walk.
2. The katydid bug hears through holes in its hind legs.
3. Slugs have four noses.
I forget the energy of kids. Elsie and Stella went to Carowinds Theme park today. It is on the NC/SC border just below Charlotte. They were gone about 8 hours. Enjoying rides, Water Park and games. Just a few minutes ago before I started this entry, they bounded up the steps to the motor home still excited. Reece, Ben and his Dad, Jack Jr came in sorta dragging. LOL.
This time is SWEET. Looking out the MH window and seeing Elsie and Ben here in NC, makes one want them near. But their lives are settled in UTAH, and I would not attempt to encourage a change, that is, I would not initiate it.
There was a time that families were in the majority like the Waltons on TV. All in one area. Many times in the same house or on the same farm. But now marriages, jobs and wanderlust separates many family members.
My dad & mom’s families started in North Georgia. Between them they had about 16 brothers and sisters. They mostly stayed within a 200 mile radius. North Georgia to Southern North Carolina. Usually it was a day trip to visit an Uncle and Aunt.
I guess the practice of using titles was dropped a few years ago. I always referred to mama and dad’s brothers and sisters i.e. Uncle Roy or Aunt Ann. I think a couple of Vernon’s kids call me Uncle Jack.
Many of our funeral processions went 150-200 miles. I always wondered how the police in a town knew to escort us through small towns. As a boy I noticed people would stop on the street (men white and black, would remove their hats as the hearse passed), all cars stopped for the funeral procession.
With the heavy traffic now I understand it is against the law to stop and impede traffic, in respect for a funeral. We older folk from down south are finding it hard NOT TO STOP. I do realize it is dangerous now.
Times change as so does my mental map, I started with our visitors and ended with funerals. What a jump!Nite Shipslog