In "The Way It Was", 2-Minnie Anna (Sister) Dodd Garris 1874-1957, 2-William B. Garris 1879-1949, 3-Evelyn Floy Garris 1910-1997, 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), FAMILY: PATERNAL LINE (BEE), POSTS BY LOCATION, STORIES on July 11, 2015 at 7:00 am

The utmost  thrill of the week was on Sunday after dinner for the family to take a drive in the car. Of course, Mamma always wanted to visit relatives and when you would go you would line up on the front porch in the summer  Or in front of the fire in the parlor in the winter. I was raised up in the age where children were “seen but not heard” so it meant sitting still in a chair all afternoon listening to adult conversation which  I did . I will admit you can learn a lot that way and I did more or less enjoy it. I learned the art  of listening.  If you were really lucky , they would drag out a Kaleidoscope. You could look through two little windows and see still pictures in three dimensions. Our local relatives had no girls and the boys were not my age and I would not have known how to play with them anyway.

Now Daddy‘s idea of a Sunday afternoon drive was to drive over the farms and see how the crops were progressing so before you knew it you would wind up in the Great Cross swamp. Now I loved the crops and was happy when they were doing well but my idea of a Sunday afternoon drive was to get out and see something different. The wonderful drive in my mind was to go north to Canadys, west to Walterboro, maybe stopping there and getting an ice cream cone and then come back to Round O . It was about 20 miles and would take most of the afternoon with making a few stops and in those days cars didn’t go more than 35 to 40 miles per hour.

They used to have Burma Shave signs along the road advertising some kind of shaving cream. It would take several of them to complete their message but they were spaced so you could read them all in poetry as you rode along. I remember: 1st sign “The whale put Jonah” 2nd sign “Down the hatch”, 3rd sign “Coughed him up”, 4th sign “When he began to scratch”, 5th sign “Burma Shave”  They changed them often and it was always fun to see the latest. It was a variety of themes always in poetry and never anything about Burma Shave except the name at the close.

Anytime you see an old person and mention the Burma Shave signs you will get a smile.  Sunday afternoon drives are gone forever, because now people have been driving all week and are tired of it.

— “The Way It Was,” Chapter 13: “The Sunday Afternoon Drive,” 1999


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