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Daviss Family Reunion 2008 Reflections

Wow, what can I say! I needed more days to enjoy all the wonderful people I met and the places we had seen.
The reunion was spiritual, moving, awesome, exciting, sad, adventurous, emotional, and every other jumbled up feeling I had.

Spiritual because I walked the homestead of my grandparents James Penn and Gertrude Sims Daviss. The old house had burned down and a new one had been erected. As I looked across the land I saw the old pond where my grandmother used to fish,and the remnants of the well for drawing water. The outhouse was still standing ever so gently about 50 yards from the house.

Moving because of the dirt road we traveled to get down in the country on the way to the homestead, church and cemetery. The road twisted and turned, dipped and dived for about twelve miles . Barbed wire fences dotted the landscape and the view looked like the old movies I had seen.

Awesome and exciting when we pulled up to the church for lunch. The children played ball while the older Texas cousins told of their time spent on Sundays long ago.

Sad because someone stole the 100 year old church bell plus the pews that our ancestors made from their own sweat and tears.

Adventurous when we went to the cemetery and tried to get back in the old part where I am told my great greats were buried. I walked for ten minutes at least through brush, overgrown weeds and bushes until I heard a rustling. I was back in the new part quick and in a hurry thinking of when winter will arrive.

Emotional when I saw the video of 2005 with all my then living aunts and uncles who have since passed on. Their laughter,looks, and smiles will remain with me forever. I also got to bond with a sister Joan and her son Brian. Joan and I had only seen each other once and that was at our dads funeral. She is from my fathers second marriage. I have been blessed to get to know her better and hopefully she with me.

Jumbled up emotions lead me to believe what I have known all along. Family is so important and love is what binds us together. Cherish those moments and leave a legacy that you can be proud of.

my neph Brian sent me this link of some of the pics he took. Me on the first pic. LOL

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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