Aunt Annie’s young’uns

Aunt Annie’s young’uns

They were among the six cousins who would come stay with us.

They were a family of six children, our cousins, and their mother living alone. We were not rich, but we were blessed more than they. I remember my Daddy saying, "Better go check on Annie and the young'uns. They may need food about now." And every time, the six cousins and Aunt Annie came to stay with us for a few days.

Daddy was a great farmer and provided for us well. Mama really knew how to save vegetables by canning on the old woodstove. We always had plenty to eat. As cousins we entertained ourselves, such as when mama hung a sheet up and put a light behind it so we could make movies. Or we would play on the big porch. When Saturday came, I'd tell Bible stories. If they listened well, I'd give them candy. (Now I am married to a preacher.)

My sister and I always enjoyed having our cousins to play with. These three cousins are now dead along with my father, mother and Aunt Annie. But I can still hear my Daddy say, "Better go check on Annie and the young'uns. They may need food about now."

Melvie Wallace, Monroe, Union Power

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