Memorable Automobiles from The Past:
My dad would answer when asked when he was born, “I was born January 0h-three, (Or just 3)!” He NEVER mention the 1900 part. Now that I think of it I wonder if the coming years our Great Granddaughter Elsie will say I was born in 8 ? Or Great GD Stella, “I was born in 12!”
Most people my age know very little about the lives of their Great Grandparents. Families of yester years were different than today because of the large families. Grandma Darnell was pregnant a couple times when my mama was. Therefore my brothers were older than some their Uncles.
I even played 'cars' in the dirt with an uncle. Daddy’s sister married one of my mama’s nephews. Making their son Bobby and I double cousins.
Bobby and I are the last of our families, the rest have passed on. I don’t make resolutions, but I haven’t seen Bobby since Aunt Aggie’s funeral. Formal funerals and wakes won’t happen again in our lifetimes I guess, so I am hoping I can get down to Greenville, SC to see Bobby in 2021. For years our families never had reunions, but the funerals became just that.
Some who read this trivia have never attended a wake. There was a time in ancient history (Up until the 1960s) down South the body of the deceased spent their last night at home lying in an open casket. Someone was awake all night with the body so they would not be alone. By the time I was an adult, wakes were a thing of the past.
Cakes, cookies, ‘nannerpudding’ and real food abounded along with sweet tea and coffee. Wakes were actually a festive occasion. Cousins played in the yards while aunts, uncles’ parents and grands visited bringing everyone up to date since the last wake.
Our families were scattered from mid Georgia to the Virginia line. I can remember the special treat would be a having a family member in uniform home for the funeral; that was special.
Kids and family grabbed naps and crashed anyplace they could find; Pallets, cars, porches, chairs, etc.
Some things I really miss.
PS . For many years traditional families fought the idea of a family member spending their last night above ground alone in a funeral home.