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“THE WAY IT WAS”

INTRODUCTION
“I have been writing this over a period of ten years …”
“My parents were William Benjamin Garris and my mother Minnie Anna Dodd Garris …”
“My earliest memories are in the store as that was where we spent our days …”
“So much is said now a days about women working outside of the home. They claim it is a new thing …”

CHAPTER ONE: THE HOUSE
“We lived in a large two story white house that my parents had built in 1920 …”
“We never had hot water so when you took a bath you needed to heat water on the stove …”
“We had an artesian well and the water was wonderful …”
“As was the custom in those days, the kitchen and dining room …”
“My family had lived in my great grand parents house for several years …”
“I can  remember playing many  times on the roof of the house upstairs …”
“All porches were covered and the breezeway was the spaces between house and kitchen …”
“Off from the left of the store, there were two large two story barns … Ocasionally Daddy would give each one of us a calf that would be ours and we would raise that calf …”

CHAPTER TWO: THE BIG ROUND POT OUT IN THE BACK YARD
“My mother made her own soap( Lye soap) . There was a large kettle in the back yard  with many uses …”
“We had a cane mill which a mule pulled …”
“Peanuts were called ‘pinders’ and  sometimes goober peas …”
“This many-purposed pot also boiled the clothes every week in a process of cleaning …”
“On the very coldest day of the whole year hogs were killed because there was no refrigeration …”
“We used to  belong to a ” Beef Club” …”
“There was a big utility pot in the back yard but that was stolen …”

CHAPTER THREE: MY ELEMENTARY SCHOOLING
“My parents had had some problems with local schools so Mamma decided to teach me herself.  She had previously been a teacher …”
“I used to work every problem in the Math book , all evens and odds. I remember I wished I were in public school so I could have a report card and desk …”
“I remember going to the Edisto River many times and we would catch our fish … Aunt Jess used to come down every summer and spend a month with Grandma Dodd …”
“Not going to school, I grew up in an adult world. It was rare that I ever played with anyone. My sister Jessie …”
“.I always had horses to ride if they weren’t working … Dot was the one that I always rode., a young and very spirited horse …”
“We also had many dogs, cats and sometimes as many as three dogs and a two dozen cats at one time … “
“I could pretty well pick up any chicken on the yard because I had this way of wav ing my arms that utterly confused the chickens …”

CHAPTER SIX: MY DADDY
“I remember J’Mae and me taking dinner out to the fields for Daddy and the other workers … I think that I picked cotton two or three days in my life …”
“Daddy used to have this dog “Trixie” and he would tree ( chase the animal up a tree ) an opossum every night …”

CHAPTER SEVEN: MY BROTHER HOWARD (AUNT BESS & AUNT JESS)
“My brother Howard was 12 years older than I and always my ideal.  He boarded with a great aunt Lizzie in Walterboro to go to High school.  He won a Scholarship to the Citadel …”
“In college Howard started going with Julia Crider who is now your Aunt Julia who lived in St. Matthews, SC. When he used to go to see her I would go with him and spend a week with Aunt Jess …”
“My sister Floy boarded in St. Matthews with Aunt Bess and J’Mae boarded with Aunt Jess during their High School years …”

CHAPTER EIGHT: THE FRONT PORCH
“If the front porch could repeat some of the conversation …”
“We scrubbed the porches and swept the yards with a broom …”
“This porch was filled with large rocking chairs with a double swing …”

CHAPTER NINE: SNAKES, CHICKEN HOUSES & CREEPY CRAWLERS
“We always had chickens, biddies and chicken houses. I raised five chickens once that were mine and without a hen …”
“In the low country snakes were everywhere and it seemed like every limb had a snake … Daddy used to send J’Mae and me under the house to look for eggs …”

CHAPTER TEN: GRANDMA AND GRANDPA DODD
“They were married when they were about 17 years old. They had a quarter so they bought candy …”
“They ran a country store that had everything Mamma had plus more …”
“He also had a cotton gin and ginned cotton …”
“Grandpa also had caskets , a black hearse and he buried people …”
“Grandma and Grandpa were the first in the community to have anything and every thing …”
“I went to their house almost every day to take some thing to them …”
“Even though Grandpa had no formal education himself, he was a firm believer of education … Mamma said that that they had a Catholic as a tutor once …”
“We used to eat at Grandmas mostly on Sundays and when all the family was there …”
“Grandpa had gone broke in business once and put the store and all business in Grandma’s name …”

CHAPTER TWELVE: THE STORE
“During the day in the store we would have customers …”
“I have spoken of the store before but I was raised in the store. We sold groceries …”
“Mamma had started her store as a milliner …”
“In the summer the floor of the store would be full of watermelons and cantaloupes from the farm …”
“T he mail came to the post office early in the morning from Walterboro …”
“I usually got up of a morning , got dressed and went down and ate breakfast … Next I would sweep out the entire store and post office …”
“When I returned it all depended what was going in the store … The mail arrived and when ever there was a break, I would have lessons …”
“On Sunday morning Mamma would always get up early, kill a couple of chickens …”
“In the summer it was completely different, as the other children would be there then and Floy pretty well took over the cooking. The fresh vegetables were in …”

CHAPTER THIRTEEN: THE SWAMPS, FORESTS AND OTHER BELOVED SPOTS.
“The swamps of the “Low Country” were everywhere and on our property … When some of the city cousins were visiting, I would take them back into the forest for a walk …”
“We used to go fishing in the creek at Sanders Bridge and we could catch a mess of pike …”
“We used to have Malaria Fever every spring and summer …”

CHAPTER THIRTEEN: THE SUNDAY AFTERNOON DRIVE
“The utmost thrill of the week was on Sunday after dinner for the family to take a drive in the car … They used to have Burma Shave signs along the road …”

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN: ROBBING THE BEES
“Daddy used to have six to eight bee hives …”
Daddy used to plant what was called Indian Corn, but we would call it pop corn …

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN: AUNT GUS AND UNCLE TOM HILL
“Aunt Gus was Mamma’s sister who lived at Round O and clerked in Grandpa’s store …”
“Uncle Tom worked for Grandpa also . He ran the grits mill and the saw mill …”

CHAPTER NINETEEN: CHARLESTON, SC (AUNT BOBBIE)
“When we went to “town”, it was Charleston … Aunt Bobbie (one of Mamma’s sister ) had moved down there after her husband Jack Kinsey died leaving her with six daughters to raise …”
“Several summers we rented a cottage at Folly Beach and we would go down for a week and share it with Aunt Bobbie and her girls. Grandma and Grandpa owned a beach front house on Edisto Beach …”

CHAPTER TWENTY-NINE: WHY I OPPOSE DRINKING ALCOHOL IN ANY FORM (UNCLE KEEL)
“You probably think that I will give Biblical reasons or not drinking alcohol …”

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