East Coast Swing

Trip Start Sep 11, 2005
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Trip End Dec 13, 2005


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Tuesday, September 6, 2005

This was a whirlwind weekend, but one that was much needed. It felt great to be in the arms of those we love. Many hugs were exchanged, stories told, and laughs shared. I am sure memories were built that will be shared at other reunions.

The first night of our adventure we spent with Katie & Matt in Chapel Hill, NC. It was good to see them and hear how life has been going. We woke up and headed further east to Williamston, NC to join Charlie's parents, Curt and Sandra and to visit with Grandma Curtis and Papa Jake. We listened to stories of the past and to all that was remembered and forgotten.

We were able to join together with more of Charlie's family for a pig pickin'. Wow, that was some amazing food. The pork was incredible, the sweet tea just right, and the hush puppies were yummy. The company was great too. It was wonderful to see Aunt Nan, Uncle J.L., Julie, Jerry Lynn, and all of their adorable children. Charlie did a great job keeping them entertained and laughing. It was a nice night to share together.

The next morning we headed to Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Grandma and Granddad Sexton welcomed us into their cozy home once again. We were able to share stories of the past and look at pictures of times that have so quickly zoomed by. It was great to sit around the table together and be a complete family of three generations enjoying life together. As we looked at Grandma's quilts I sat in awe of the talent she has and the legacy she is building.

After another great breakfast we headed to Farmville, Virginia to visit Aunt Gladys and Uncle Bruce. We were greeted by Uncle Dale and Aunt Cathy who met us there. We sat with Aunt Gladys and let her know how much we love her. We enjoyed seeing Uncle Bruce and teasing him about past visits forgotten, and memories we made. He told me to give Indiana my love, so Indiana I pass that on to you now.

There hasn't been a time we went to Farmville to visit Aunt Gladys and Uncle Bruce that we didn't go to the farm. That was our last stop in Farmville. We missed Uncle Bruce and Aunt Gladys being there but walked the property in their honor. The ancient farm house still stands proud holding their family history. The hundreds of acres of land whisper tales of past residents and the lives they lived. We enjoyed the beautiful day and pleasant surroundings. The architecture of the home indicates it may have been built sometime around 1780, I am sure the influence of the place will continue for many more years to come.

Uncle Dale & Aunt Cathy lead us back to Richmond, Virginia where we shared a lovely meal at Bone Fish. The evening was shared over much laughter and sadness. The sadness is because of Aunt Gladys and all she is going through with her health. The laughter was initiated by Nana. She lives with Uncle Dale and Aunt Cathy and is a living wonder. She turns 106 within the month and is full of life.

She told us stories of her seeing the Wright brothers at a young age, riding in a horse and buggy, and hilarious romantic ideas. We reflected back on Clay, Charlie's brother. The last time Nana shed her dentures for the Bitter Beer Face, was for Clay Dean. Somehow we talked her into doing it again in his honor. I have no doubt he was smiling with us. Thank you Nana, for making us laugh in so many ways.

Family, it is good to be with family. They accept you for you are, remind you of who you once were, and help you smile along the way. I am thankful for the family I have always had, and the family I have gained through my marriage to Charlie. It has been fun sharing our life with them.

We're headed to Memphis for a pit stop and to pick up a few belongings. Then it's on to Texas. Talk to you soon.
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