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Amazing Day

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Yesterday, my Uncle Ben and I rode over to see his oldest Sister (my Aunt Ree, 96yrs old). She was recently put in a nursing home about an hours drive from us.

My Uncle is 86. Both of them are my Mothers siblings. Out of the 9 children my Grandmother had, there are only three left. Aunt Ree (96 yrs old) and Aunt Dorothy (94 yrs old), both of them are now in nursing homes.

My Uncle, luckily still has his right mind and is very active. He is very political and dates a woman that has a high position of authority here in our town. Also, he travels all over the united states (he drives).

My Uncle talks more than most women(LOL). But I am enjoying listening to him while I still can.

Yesterday, he told me about accidentally running into President Eisenhower when he double parked in front of the commissary to run in and get something. He said that the President walked over and talked with him for a while and that the President seemed like a nice guy.

He told me about going to dances in a place called Cordray's Mill here in Georgia when he was 16. (My Dad had told me stories about going to the same place to dance when he was single).

He told me stories about going to places where he bought tickets for 10 cents each. The tickets were those for ten cents a dance. He said he would pick out a good dance partner and give her all of his tickets. I had only seen the 10 cents a dance ticket thing in movies. Nice to hear from someone that had actually done that.

We listened to Big Band Music on the way home. O.K., I admit, that I knew most of the words to those old songs. LOL.

Of course there are more stories that he has told me, I am just glad that he has shared some of his life with me. I only hope that I can remember these stories later on.

What a blessing to be with an Uncle that can still amaze his niece.

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  • no profile photo CD2332407
    What a wonderful day to spend with someone like your uncle. God Bless.
    2837 days ago
    Your uncle sound like a hoot and a holler of fun. I love listen to seniors that age. They have experienced so much in life. They can tell some amazing stories. My grandfather use to tell a story of when he was nineteen years old. He was working on a farmer as a helper. He said a bad flu hit everywhere and people were dying by the droves. The family that he worked for died off one after another. He helped take care of them and bury them when they died. Then he got the flu himself. He was made to stay out in the barn. He slept on the hay and the people taking care of him and the other would slide a pan of food under the barndoor with a long stick. He was so sick, he couldn't eat. He survived by the miracle of GOD's hand. For years he told that story and I had no idea he was talking about the Spanish Flu that kill many many people. Not until I was watch a documentary on PBS about it. The date they gave was the date my grandfather talked about when the flu hit. My granny was only 9 years old and she survived it as well. Enjoy you dear sweet uncle. Write down these stories. They should be past on down the next generation even after they are all gone. That is what I am doing with my grandparents stories.
    2838 days ago
  • LETHA_
    I find older people more relaxing to be around. They know how to have a leisurely conversation. They are not trying to text while you are talking to them. Plus they are living history journals.
    2838 days ago
  • JEANNE229
    Precious moments that add to treasured memories. Lucky you for still having someone so fun and loved in your life.
    2838 days ago
    What a wonderful day! I love listening to stories from the older folks.

    2838 days ago
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