|The greatest Generation|
In a small community like ours - in Chumuckla, Florida - the family ties are THICK and stretch back in these woods for a couple hundred years.
So first cousins are almost like siblings and even second cousins are bonded by family lore and heritage and usually geographical proximity. It's a family model similar to
|The stories get thicker and deeper|
But even so -- you begin to lose clarity of lineage as the families expand and your second cousins have grand-kids. The names begin to blur. In my case, I have to refresh my memory every year. It gets embarrassing to ask some of the now twenty-something cousins what their name is -- AGAIN.
It helps to ask who their mom or grandma is. I am going to have to write up a family tree chart.
Some of the twenties generation are still in school and the little ones are just getting started. The talent and power of these independent people - as a family -- and as individuals is a gift to America - and to the next generation to follow them ! I am amazed.
the barn in Chumuckla is a tradition for the Cuyler and Bessie Campbell descendants for decades.
My brother Jim and I take advantage of every opportunity to soak up this bit of heritage that comes alive in this place every July. It is something to savor.
|All Sizes of cousins|
There was a pot luck table full of more food. So many farmers are involved it is expected that every bounty the earth can provide will be laid out for discerning tastes.
And it was. And it was good. Very good.
In America last Tuesday.
|Generations Helping Hands|
|Enough to feed Coxie's Army|
|Joe caught the mullet and he eats the mullet|
|My brother, Jim can tell a story so it seems|
|The youngster here comes from a strong mold|
|My Brother, Jim - Retired from reserves as a Navy Captain. Our cousin, Clay who was here retired an Army Colonel. The BIRD on either collar is the the same. It is an American Bird.|
an INDEPENDENT BIRD
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