On a side note, yesterday I missed the first day of blogging since I started in December 2009. It was not by choice. I haven't been able to get into my blog since early Wednesday morning! I still can't get into my blog from Internet Explorer, but I downloaded Mozilla Firefox and I can get in that way, for now. Very frustrating. And this browser isn't working too well for me either, as my mouse keeps skipping around and deleting things I write! I know I have a lot of catching up to do, and hope I can find time to visit blogs today and that I will be able to comment again now.
I had hoped to scan some pictures and do a dual post (with stories from each side of the family) this week, but since I couldn't get on I'll be keeping it simple.
Legend: I never met my great, great, great paternal grandmother, but this story is true. She was sitting by the fireplace during a huge thunderstorm one evening. A bolt of lightening came down the chimney and struck her foot. For the rest of her life, her foot never quite healed. My uncle told me that as a child, he was never allowed near the fireplace during storms.
Myth: I've only heard this story from my maternal grandfather once, so I will try to recollect it the best I can. We have a lot of musical talent on this side of the family, even today, of the Appalachian variety. Many years ago, a relative who was a shining star on the banjo had passed. After the funeral, family was gathered around the porch, reminiscing his memories. Someone started saying that they should play a tune on his banjo. Everyone had mixed feelings. A few warned not to touch it. But after much debate, a fellow picked up the banjo and played just one song, the deceased's favorite. Afterwards, he set the banjo down against the wall and there was much silence from the gathering. Slowly, quietly, the banjo picked out the last refrain from the song --- all by itself.
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Come back next week, the topic is 6th grade!