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it is fair to say people are people and when they are integrated from birth
into a culture and belief system there will be a similar response from them
with a few variables due to personality.
along with her siblings was raised in what would be called backwoods
surroundings, where little demand was made upon them for education.How to survive on little else but hard labor
was the order of the day.
wasn't unique to Aunt Ada, braggadocio was one of her character traits.Her husband, Brown was likewise inclined
except he toned it down somewhat.One of
the most notable things about their home was the huge fireplace. You could put
a six foot long log into it. The opening was over five foot tall and when
properly fueled it put out many BTUs.
my mother and I would visit them and Aunt Ada would spread a delicious table
full of food, which my feet felt very comfortable under.
were all good on a descending scale. The oldest was the best and youngest
possessed less goodness is one way to put it.I liked all of them.
Since I was
a second cousin the older ones didn't interact with me much but the youngest
was about my age although I wasn't as fond of him. Two of her boys were killed
in the service one in WW2 and one in Korea.
drafted into the army and sent to Europe.He had a farm deferment but he got to messing
around with the wife of the guy that ran the draft board and he lost his
deferment and was drafted.Aunt Ada was
very proud and said Grady was doing very well he had already made KP.
I knew that
being on KP meant you had messed up and was on kitchen detail taking out the
garbage and doing the dirty jobs. I didn't try to explain what that meant
because she was a proud woman and would thought I was just being jealous.In Europe Brady stepped on a land mine and
was killed.Aunt Ada received ten
thousand dollars from his Army insurance and was rich.Farm hands were only getting three dollars a
day so that was a lot of money.
youngest son Paul helped her spend it, by buying himself a 1936 Ford Roaster
and a lot of other goodies. He looked really good in his new wardrobe and
always had spending money in his pockets.He became popular and made the mistake of seeing a married woman and was
caught by her husband who threaten to kill him. He had to jump out a window
without his clothes to keep from being shot. In fact the husband spent days
looking for Paul who was hid out.
decided tojoin the army to get away
from the husband and he died in Korea.
Aunt Ada received another ten thousand dollars from the army and lived out her
life well cared for financially. Knowing her was a good experience and I was
glad, I was her great nephew.