COUSINS: I have always thought that it was great to be a part of a large family. It was even better to know that there were cousins, aunts and uncles about my age around. It was fun to spend a week with Grandmother and Grandfather Bundy while Darryl was there and Sophie Mae near by. Clemons, Carol and Georgia Mae were still home then. You never knew who was going to drop in. Elva, Tom, Charlotte and Rhonda seemed to be there every Sunday afternoon.
MAKING COOKIES: I remember making cookies with Clemons, putting the beaters on backward, bending one and hiding it in the flour bin so no one would find out. The worst part is that no one has ever said anything about it.
THE BEST FRIED CORN: I liked corn on the cob, but Grandmother makes the best fried corn and I have always been teased about cleaning up the bowl at lunch. Marna and I loved her biscuits even cold. I have been very impressed that grandmother has saved a few "mountain greasy" beans from her crop each year since the depression!
WE SAT UNDER THE BRIDGE: Grandfather and I were on a walk one day to check the water gap, I think, down at the river and it started to rain and we sat under the bridge for a few minutes until the rain stopped - it was nice to have him all to yourself once and awhile.
THOSE WARM QUILTS: I also remember when they had a bathroom built in the house, with a tub. I remember sleeping in the back bedroom. The picture of the Dionne quintuplets was above the mantle and I would have my backside to the fireplace until I was red hot, jump in the bed and practically suffocate under those warm quilts.
TOBACCO STICK EGGS: On one visit I went to the barn to gather eggs in one of their egg baskets. I gathered about a dozen eggs. On the way back I picked up a tobacco stick and balanced the basket on my shoulders. I walked up on the porch, reached down to open the door - then had to clean up the basket and the porch and only had 3 or 4 eggs left to show for my efforts.
HOT SUMMER DAY: Another story told on me was about going with Georgia Mae to visit a large family down the road. There were many young people living in a small home, cooking hot dogs on a hot summer day. I came back saying, "That house is a nervous wreck!"
GEORGIA MAE: I remember Georgia Mae living with us her freshman year at Eastern. She, Alan and I were occupying the same bedroom. I will never forget her dressing in the closet. The next semester she moved into a dorm!
STORIES TOLD AND RETOLD: My father always took us to Manchester and London on old 25. I thought it took forever and we always noticed the Indian Village and people on the road selling oak baskets and chairs. There were some winding roads, unlike the interstate system now. We used to visit many people who were relatives, but I always had trouble knowing exactly how we were related. Great stories were told, retold and told from different points of view. I thought that we would never get home and my behind was worn out, even though it turned out to be a lot of fun. Sometimes we would drive by someone's home, see them outside, stop and start again. How times have changed.
WE CLAIM EVERYBODY: I'll never forget getting an air conditioned car. Daddy would turn the knob as cold as it would go and full blast, so that I would bring a sweater no matter what. Clara Ellen Philpot and I were freshmen at Eastern together. It was great fun visiting her in the dorm and getting to know another distant relative. I guess we claim everybody regardless of how far back we go.
GRADUATION HONOR: One of my most memorable experiences was to attend Clemons' and Carl's high school graduation ceremony. Grandmother and Grandfather were given a plaque honoring them for having nine children graduate from that school. I was so surprised and proud.