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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.
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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
This story was posted on 2014-08-10 09:02:42
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