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In "The Way It Was", 1-Adeline (Addie) Kizer Dodd 1855-1937, 1-Joseph Hoffman Dodd 1852-1937, 2-Annie (Gus) Dodd 1876-1955, 3-Wilhelmina (Bee) Garris King 1918-2007, Bee Stories, FAMILY: BEE & BOB TOGETHER, FAMILY: MATERNAL LINE (BEE), Round O, S.C., STORIES on April 28, 2013 at 6:00 am

I went to their house almost every day to take some thing to them or get some thing from them.. If Grandma was sick , Mamma would fix her soup. etc. and I’ve taken it over many times. Turnip soup was her very favorite, Sometimes I would go for some thing and sometimes I would just love to go to see them. They often sat on the porch in the summer and it would not unusual to find them sitting there holding hands. She being blind and he almost deaf by now. Aunt Gus worked in their store and she would always fix me a slab of cheese between two Johnny cakes. The cheese came from one of those big round cakes of cheese from the wooden box – probably weighed 25 pounds.

– “The Way It Was,” Chapter Ten: “Grandma and Grandpa Dodd,” 1999

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  1. Grandma and Grandpa Dodd passed away before I came along, but I had heard that Grandma Dodd had cataracts that kept her from seeing. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard the song, “Cotten-eyed Joe”, but that was the eye’s appearance with a really bad case of cataracts. It looked like little cotton balls were in the dark center of the eye. And from the inside, seeing was pretty degraded. That was prior to lens replacement surgery. Then I understand that with the cataracts, she walked into a clothesline in the yard which damaged her eyes further.

    So Johnny Cakes again! I guess that’s why it was considered the treat at the Garris house – Momma was already hooked! And the cheese was the same – cut from a big wheel. Good stuff!

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