Thursday, February 14, 2013

Aunt Dorcas

I was thinking of Valentine's Day gifts today and wondered whether Uncle Howard bought romantic gifts for Aunt Dorcas. If he did, she did not tell me about them. 

He used to go to the corner store every morning to buy her a six ounce bottle of cold Coca Cola. I remember Dorcas was crazy about him.

Uncle Howard dated the Mother of one of my high school friends. I won't say who...just in case.

Aunt Dorcas and Aunt Lizzy shared the same anniversary date. It was not planned that way but the two couples often went out to eat for their anniversary.

She and Uncle Howard came to spend the night with us when we lived in Flat Rock. They chose the bedroom with just a twin bed. She said they liked to sleep close.

It was a big family joke that when Howard came to visit he brought his chain saw and cut back all of Grandma's trees. We wondered if they would survive each new cut.

They camped at Piney Bay every summer. Before they paved the road to Piney Bay, Daddy stopped to let us pick up a little black kitten that had been abandoned in the middle of the road.

Howard put the poor little kitten in the shallow water of Piney Bay to watch it swim to shore. It made me mad but he just laughed. He was a joker.

Anthony had to take off his artificial limbs to swim. He swam like a fish. I do not remember Jimmy going out to Piney Bay with them. Maybe they did not go until after he died.

When our oldest grandaughter was three or four years old, we took her with us to visit them there. Howard got a kick out of her standing beside the dock directing a stranger to "turn it a little to the left" as he was backing his boat into the bay. She is bossy like her Nana.

I expect as I get older I will begin to look more and more like Dorcas. We both shared what we refer to as "the Middleton hips." She had a grey streak of hair at her temple ever since she was a teenager. My son does too.

Well, I have just thought myself into missing her all over again.


  1. What a sweet post. Your aunt has such an unusual name for these times. Coincidentally, my great grandfather was lost at sea in a ship called The Dorcas - and I've never met a girl with that name.

  2. Wonderful memories. It is nice to recall those we love. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs, Latane

  3. Funny and sweet memories of your aunt. She sounds like someone I would have liked to meet. :)

  4. Have you seen the movie Ladies In Lavender? Every time you talk about Dorcus I get a little chuckle because I think of the movie.

  5. a very interesting name. :)

    would you consider removing word verification? please?! it is a real pain now!!

  6. You probably already know that Dorcas is a biblical name. In the bible,(Acts 9:36-42) Dorcas was loved much because she helped the poor and made clothes for widows. She cared greatly about the welfare of others.

    Your Aunt and Uncle sound like they were great people!

    Have a great weekend! ~ Barbara

  7. (if you are on the new blogger interface, they don't include the option to remove word verification. you'll need to switch back to the old interface by clicking on the 'cog' shaped icon towards the upper right corner, then selecting old interface, then settings-comments.) i really think a lot of folks don't realize they have it! it is terrible!

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  9. Lovely post. Enjoyed reading about your Aunt Dorcas!

  10. I am trying to remove the word verification. Not sure I have succeeded. My apologies if not

  11. I hope my family thinks as kindly about me when I am gone. What a sweet post about a special aunt.

  12. I hope my family thinks as kindly about me when I am gone. What a sweet post about a special aunt.

  13. Dorcas sounds like a sweet, wonderful person. I always love reading your memories!

  14. Awww.... bless your heart. Sweet memories...