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Shamarie: Sounds elicit most memories at Moss reunion

An only child remembers the fun of being together with her large but very close-knit extended family. Cousinship times were best, when the family would get together at the most memorable hub of excitement, at 'Pa's House,' the home of Walter Edgar (W.E.) and Ida Moss for the annual Moss Family Reunion. And while Thomas Wolfe may have celebrated the sense of smell so well, Shamarie says the sense of sound evokes the most memorable events for her, in this delightful account from the most recent Moss Reunion, with feelings surely shared by thousands of other readers.
Click on headline for complete story with photo(s)By Shamarie Claiborne

You know people say smell brings back the strongest memories but I beg to differ. Today, sound was the key to memories of long ago. We had our annual Moss Family Reunion at my parents. It is now a small event where the descendants of Walter Edgar (W.E.) and Ida Moss come together to spend a few hours together. Originally there were five children Guy, Vernella, Dorthy (my Nanny), Ruth, and James Thomas (J.T.). Between them there were eleven grandchildren, and when I was young five great-grandchildren, of which . . . I am the baby (yes. Tammy Kassam I went there!) and it seemed to be a summer long event.

Pa's house was always hub of excitement

Pa's house, for me, was the hub of excitement. Since I am an only child I was always thrilled to be with my cousins, great-grandparents, grandparents, great aunts and uncles, aunts and uncles.

When we were all together their were 31 family members with roughly ten of us being under the age of sixteen. We did everything from playing in the little creek that would appear after a rain beside Pa's house, which still stands on Loy Street, to making home-made ice-cream.

Our evenings were filled with catching lighting bugs and putting them in jars or running down the side of the garden and eating green apples straight from the tree down by Aunt Bertha's. And when we were really lucky Dale would take us for rides in his golf cart. Basically, never a dull moment.

Today many of our family members have passed on and my cousins and I have all grown up.

Even our children are pretty much grown but we do have three small ones in our lives currently: Bailey, Rexie, and little Luke. It truly feels my heart with joy to be with them. There laughter, giggles, and even their mad moments bring back my own childhood that was filled with our family and their endless love for each other.

During the down pour today they played on in the rain as if nothing was happening. They were laughing and squealing with joy and excitement. It flooded my own mind with Pa and riding floats down the creek during a summer rain, my cousins, and our love for each other.

People can say what they want about small towns and rural life but for me it is without question the core of my existence. I am so thankful that our little ones will now have those same memories to build their lives on. Memories of laughter, family and endless love. - Shamarie

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Good day for a sprinkler at Moss reunion

2014-08-10 - Photo by Shamarie Claiborne.
Rexie was playing in the sprinkler, in the rain, today ..... she made me think of the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz with her little hat.

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Bubbles in the rain at Moss reunion

2014-08-10 - Jones-Wright Addition, Adair County, KY - Photo by Shamarie Claiborne.
Bailey was making bubbles with her bubble machine during the down pour today. I was amazed they were not popping from the rain. Guess I learned something new today. Bubbles do not pop when rained on only when touched by humans. - Shamarie Claiborne

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Playing in the rain at the Moss reunion

2014-08-10 - Jones-Wright Addition, Adair County, KY - Photo by Shamarie Claiborne.
Bailey and Rexie had Uncle Jimmy's umbrella to keep the rain off them while they played in the sprinkler that Aunt Tricia turned back on for them upon their request! - Shamarie Claiborne

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Shamarie & Cousins at 1970s Moss Reunion

2014-08-10 - Photo from Shamarie Claiborne.
Here is a picture from the early 70's of me and a few of my cousins!
Back row from left: Gary Moss (grandchild), Scott White (grandchild), David Moss (grandchild). Front row from left Tammy Harper (Kassam)(great-grandchild), Cassandra White (grandchild), Renee Moss (grandchild), Doug Conner (great-grandchild). Very front and center Shamarie Harper Claiborne (great-grandchild). - Shamarie Harper Claiborne

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