Thursday, April 10, 2014
Close to Nowhere
I’m turning into my father. Not only do I look like him, I’m “remembering” like he did also.
My first Pilgrimage here was special – because it was my first. I love Pilgrimage when the weather works out and it appears to be going to favor us again this year.
Everything is beginning to bloom and the grass is green, although most homeowners haven’t been able to cut their lawns because of the rain. But, the rain is making everything clean and bloom. Six of one, half dozen of the other.
On my first Pilgrimage there was a decoration that just blew me away. I’ve seen it used several times since, but that first time was awesome. On the dining room table, in a beautiful cut glass bowl was a goldfish! He was swimming lazily around and gleaming nicely. I don’t think the lady of the house had him polished, but he was really shiny and pretty.
I’ve forgotten many things about many things, but that goldfish remains.
Meredith and Remy, Grace and Robin have all been hoop-skirted hostesses and loved it.
Meredith’s first time hostessing, she was supposed to be at Jane Farris’ house or Montrose. I was at Walter Place taking pictures and the door pops open and in flies a group of little girls in hoopskirts and ribbons -- Meredith at the forefront -- all headed out back to stick their feet in the pool.
Their faces were priceless when they saw me and realized they were caught!
I have been lucky enough to have been through and to 27 years of Pilgrimage. And lots of things have changed.
I love the crafts, etc. on the square. I just like being on the square.
I wrote a story one year about being on tour and what is required of the homeowners. WeeTee Wittjen said she was worn out! Can’t have a single speck of dust anywhere! Everything in the house has to be cleaned and scrubbed and shiny, for three or four days, with crowds walking though and touching things. You can’t help touching!
I think mostly this year I’m going to miss Lois Swaney-Shipp. She’s been involved and at the Marshall County Historical Museum for many years. I can’t imagine her not being there this year. Surely she will come visit with Jorja Lynn and family at Walter Place.
I also miss Mrs. Marie Pryor’s pimento cheese sandwiches and Mississippi Mud cake. But there’s lots more food around here now, so I may get to eat a couple times. There’s not a place around here that won’t have something delicious to eat.
One of my rewards is that I get to be here nearly every day and can eat here also!
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