July 24, 2014

Thinkin' on Things

My Father in one of his favorite spots

My father loved sitting outside, drinking coffee, visiting with old friends and thinkin' on things.  In the photograph above he is sitting out in our backyard in one of his favorite spots.  The old shack behind him on the left is still standing.  You can also see the back of some of the stores on Newman Avenue; the main drag on the Island.

The old green table where he is sitting was actually twice as long as what is shown in the photograph. Many birthday parties were held around this old green table.  Lots of hot Louisiana summer days saw watermelons sliced and devoured from this same table.

July 23, 2014

Mystery Photograph #12

Mystery Photograph #12

Another photograph found in the belongings of my great, grand aunt, Lena Rhoda Steele McLelland who was born and raised in Limestone County, Texas.  She and her husband, James A. "Jim" McLelland moved to Sicily Island, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana between 1900 and 1910 where they lived for the remainder of their lives.

July 22, 2014

In Remembrance of Mama's Birthday

My mother - Early 1940s

Today would have been my mother's 88th birthday.  The photograph above was taken in the early 1940s. She passed away a little over two years ago.  The pain of losing her has eased.  Missing her has not.

July 20, 2014

My Early Years - Fourth Grade

Fourth Grade School Picture

My fourth grade teacher was Mrs. DeLeta Furr Peniston.  Mrs. Peniston was like a combination of Miss Chambers and Mrs. Oliphant.  She switched back and forth between the two by simply changing the tone of her voice.  One minute her voice was calm and sweet and the next minute her voice would become deep and menacing.  Not a Jekyll and Hyde thing but close enough to keep this fourth grader in line!

Mrs. Deleta Peniston

I also knew Mrs. Deleta through my church where her voice always remained calm and sweet.  I would imagine the deep and menacing voice was reserved for unruly school children.

She and her husband, Mr. John Peniston, were prominent members of the First United Methodist Church. Mrs. Deleta played the piano and later the organ.  My memory of Mr. John was through Sunday School. He was the person who sounded the bell when Sunday School was dismissed.

He would carry the bell on top of a hymnal and sometimes allow us kids to take turns ringing it.  He would also open the coke machine and allow us to choose a cold drink for a treat before church began.  My favorite was Orange Crush.

July 19, 2014

A Birthday Party with Cousins

Johannah's First Birthday with Cousins

Johannah is my second cousin on my paternal side.  This photograph was taken on her first birthday with me and my sister and brothers surrounding her.  I seem to be eyeballing the cake.  

Johannah with my mother, sister and one of my brothers