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Re: Received Personal Letter from the Mayor

Hi Regina:

Thanks for the correction about the Mayors of Ridgeley and Lake County. You didn't mention the Mayor's name in an earlier post, so I made an incorrect assumption. Pardon.

But as you mentioned, both should receive a thanks. Mayor Roberson for writing such a warm and personal note to you and Mayor Gray for supporting the renovation of the Museum and Civic Center.

I remember chatting with an American executive from a French financial company about the slave history of a plantation that they purchased in Virginia. AXA had retained me to research and write the plantation's history. She asked about the feelings of the descendants of the slave families who once lived on the plantation. Why they hadn't moved away? Were they bitter about their ancestor's enslavement?

I told her that the people whom I interviewed had mixed feelings. But in the end, they viewed the plantation as part of the families' history. I remember writing that "to them it was still home."

How many of us as kids from the North were sent to visit our families down South each summer? Ours wasn't just a journey in distance. It was a journey of the heart. It gave us a clearer understanding of our ancestral home and the people who shaped our parents' lives.

For instance:

No matter where I am, eating gumbo brings the same experience as Proustís "madeleine". The taste always brings me back to my visits to Pensacola. My remembrances are always startlingly clear. It's the same feeling that I get when reading your stories.

Regina, your words were like jewels when you wrote:

"It's best that we tell and write the history so that no one would have to make it up and change it to fit the "mold of the norm."

My very best to you, Published Writer!

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18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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