February 21, 2005

Longevity

Dear Fa-So-La-La, Shieldmaiden and Spuddy Buddy,

Your great-great-great grandfather's daughter died yesterday. Think about that.

Aunt Nettie Bishop Thomas was 98; she was the sister of my great Grandma Henley. Their father was your great-great-great grandfather, Elder W.A. Bishop. He was the handsome fellow in the spooky old portrait that used to hang upstairs at Bailey, the one with the eyes that followed you around the room. He was born around the end of the War Between the States. And his daughter died yesterday.

I spent one of the best New Year's Eves of my life with Aunt Nettie (pronounced "ain't", in the old Tennessee way) and Grandma Henley. I was probably 8 or 9. They were true Southern ladies. We watched Guy Lombardo, shared ladylike giggles and drank tea til midnight. GiGi Louise told me the next day that it was probably the only time either of them ever stayed up that late for anything other than birthing babies, and I should feel honored. I was. I am.

You have longevity in your genes. Live wisely and well, my dears.

4 comments:

Booksncoffee said...

Beehive family,

I am sorry for your loss, and enjoyed reading about your sweet "Ain't" Nettie. We have an "Ain't Mae" and she is a treasure to my mother and her sisters.

God bless,

Poor No Name said...

Your Hostess From Conference 2001 here (remember coming to the Magnolia state to speak on CM?!?). I was sorry to read about your loss, but touched by the exhortation to your progeny.

By the way, I've only ever had Aints (Aint Linda, Aint Carolyn, Aint Bettye, etc.). I don't know what it's like to have a plain ol' Aunt, much less an Ahhhnt (or, heaven forbid, an Ahhhntie).

Well, just wanted to pop in and say hello. I'm enjoying your family blog and halfway considering starting one for us. It would take me too long to come up with a creative name, though. How about Ye Olde Barber Shoppe? Whaddaya think ... too prosaic?

One more thing ... in regards to Fa-so-la-la's New Argument post: Elizabeth Gaskell also includes a Hero With Temporary Error in her novel Wives and Daughters. Are you familiar with this book? The movie is awesome, too.

Hwyl,
Poor No Name

fa-so-la-la said...

I LOVE this movie-- at my best friend's house last summer we watched this for the first time and have been going around saying "Well, I'm not saying she was being silly, but one of us was being silly, and it wasn't me!" ever since!

Poor No Name said...

That's a great quote! I'm also partial to: "Did I say an engagement was a elephant, madam?!" -- and -- "I was always malapropos from a child." -- and my very favorite -- "A bit deep for me, that." I use that last one when I can't (or don't want to try to) understand what someone is saying. ;-)