Covering my angst with the soothing wisdom from my mother's prayer journals

Uncle Joe’s Slides


Img013Img016There are three drawers in the front bedroom that are full of family photos showing three generations. With the introduction of digital cameras and smart phones, we now take pictures; share them immediately and store them in our computers.

My Uncle Joe preserved hundreds of pictures on slides that my cousin, Charlie, recently shared with me via Drop Box. In many of these pictures, our family was living the great American dream of the mid –fifties as we traveled through the Smokey Mountains with aunts, uncles and cousins.

There is also a picture of Memaw’s and Granddaddy’s house the Christmas Aunt Helen made each of the children in the family a stocking with his/her name on it. The stockings were beautiful and made us feel very special.

What Uncle Joe didn’t take a picture of was the cedar Christmas tree. I think that was the year Memaw’s tree fell over twice and to make sure it didn’t fall again she tied a rope around its neck and wrapped the rope around a nail she hammered into the nearby wall. The technique worked, but the tree resembled a convicted criminal who had met his match.

In her journal Mother wrote, “Every day I try to live my life in such a way that I accomplish at least one thing that will outlive me and last for eternity. (Vernon Brewer of World Help)”

These pictures and the memories that go with them have outlived most of the grownups in them. They learned from their parents to make each day count, and they taught that lesson to their kids.

Really what else can you do?

Author: marymcleary

Grateful for so many things, especially the peace He gives and the opportunity to tell it to my kids, grandkids and anyone else who wants to listen. Many read my first book In My Mother's Words, and I have recently published my second book, Heart Whispers from the Old Testament. Both are the result of the prayer journals my mother gifted me her last Christmas. Those journals were full of the wisdom of a Faith Walker and had to be shared.

4 thoughts on “Uncle Joe’s Slides

  1. Accomplish one thing that will out live me… That is something to ponder… Your mom is such a gift to all of us. Thanks, for making me be mindful of what truly matters in life.


  2. I am flooded with wonderful memories of your story about the pictures, slides from Joe’s collection……thank you for sharing…..the picture you show was a wonderful Christmas at the Graves’ home holiday……………we were all there and had many good times….
    The pictures on the mantel are our wedding pictures….one of me as the bride and one of Bob and Helen…..newly married family….and loving every minute of it……
    The picture of you 4 children and your Christmas Stockings is a wonderful Christmas memory…
    What great thoughts that are pouring thru my mind now…….thanks to you….Mary…..


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