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Ode to Juanita DunnPosted Monday, February 2, 2009, at 4:17 PM
My Grandmother passed away yesterday. She was 94. She was born in an era with out modern conveniences for the most part. I think the Titanic sank that year.
I remember her telling me of the hard times they had in the '30's, and working in the cotton fields. They lived in a dirt floor shack.
She talked of her mother, Selena De Priest how she had come from Cajun country to marry a railroad man.
They had a happy marriage and my grandmother was called his "candy girl" because he would buy her a piece of stick candy when he came off the rail lines.
She talked of the tragedy that brought his death, an accident on the railroad and the relatives that came afterward and stole their model T car, and some other valuables.
She recalled the boarding house her mom opened and the men who graced the long table, how they had to remove all their weapons before she would serve them food.
They lined up their guns on a bed in one of the bedrooms off the kitchen.
She was a strong woman, having babies and out in the field hours later with the babe strapped to her back.
She loved fiercely and was always ready with a smile and a word of advice.
The only time I ever saw my father back down when Momma gave him that "look" and told my father "Buddy leave the boy alone about his dreadlocks." He was fussing about my brother.
She broke her hip, and went to the doctor three months later, complaining "it hurt a mite."
Here's to you, Juanita Dunn, you were a great woman and your legacy lives on in me, I am short like you, opinionated like you, and love like you. I pray I have 1/3 of your wisdom.
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