In "The Way It Was", 2-Minnie Anna (Sister) Dodd Garris 1874-1957, 3-Howard Garris 1906-1990, 3-Wilhelmina (Bee) Garris King 1918-2007, Bee Stories, FAMILY: BEE & BOB TOGETHER, FAMILY: BROTHER & SISTERS (BEE), FAMILY: MATERNAL LINE (BEE), STORIES on March 3, 2013 at 9:34 am

This porch was filled with large rocking chairs with a double swing at one end. Back then we used to laugh about the swing on the porch because we would say that we didn’t want to inherit the swing or the pump organ (the organ you had to pump the pedals with your feet to make the tones or air pressures to be able to play). The swing was a double swing that swung back and forth. The organ was a predecessor of the organ that now runs by electricity and was used in all the churches. Mamma got rid of the Swings and Howard made a desk of the organ but I have wished many times since then that I had particularly the swing. Don’t make up your mind too early , because age seems to change your mind on what is important.

— “The Way It Was,” Chapter Eight: “The Front Porch,” 1999

  1. Age certainly does.

  2. I don’t remember either the swing or the organ – I’m pretty sure they were gone by the time I can remember. But i do remember the rocking chairs. We used to see how “high’ we could get in them. And then some adult would fuss a bit about us breaking things and we’d slow down to a more respectable rock.

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