Location: Mom and Dad’s House
This morning we got up at dark thirty and hit the road. Dad and I got to catch up, something we rarely get to do these days. It took about 4 or so hours to get down there and ended up at my grandmother’s house around 10am. We spent about an hour with her chit-chatting and then headed over to the Deep Run Community Center. That area has changed so much since I was little, but at the same time, things are very much the same. As far as the eyes can see, there’s fields and farming sheds. I love that grey earth.
Apparently, the reunion has been something my grandfather and his 12 siblings put on every year since the mid-’70s. I had no idea. I got to see my great uncle Don for the first time since my grandfather died many years back and it was a jarring experience. He’s a bit thinner than my grandfather and has a mustache but my goodness, he’s the spitting image of him. His voice isn’t the same, but the accent, the mannerisms, and his speech are almost the same. It made me miss my grandfather and I teared up just by looking at him.
I met about 50 other folks I was related to; most I didn’t remember. It’s been a long time since I’d ever come to one of these, but they all were happy to see my dad and me come. The food was great, and after more socializing, we finally called it a day and took my grandmother back to her house before setting sail back to Columbia.
The drives were bad. In between Dad and I talking, we listened to Classic Radio on SiriusXM. They were replaying old audio casts of radio programs from the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s. We listened to Johnny Dollar, The Six Shooter, The Green Hornet, Have Gun Will Travel, The Jack Carson Show and several others. They were all 30-minute audio dramas that folks used to listen to over the radio. Honestly, I really enjoyed them, and it was something Dad and I could bond over. I’m glad we decided to go to the reunion together.
Back in Columbia, we spent time with mom and went to Starbucks for some evening tea and coffee. We walked around the Sandhills shopping center for a bit and then headed back to their house to call it a day. All in all, it was a good trip. Well, I better head off to bed. I’ve got to drive back to Atlanta tomorrow.