A Grandmother's Legacy
|My junior college graduation, 5/20/05|
Did you know that today marks the one hundredth anniversary of Mother's Day? So for all the mom's out there, I'd like to wish you a very Happy Mothers Day.
Back in my junior college days, my Cultural Geography teacher assigned a genealogy project. I didn't know it then, but it was a hobby that would stay with me for the rest of my life. Very early in the project, I realized that history books are full of men, and men's narratives. What I wanted to know was very different. I wanted to know the stories of the women that went before me. It also led me to think about what legacy I'd like to leave my daughters.
|My Grandmother Everitt, 1977|
Excerpt from that project:
My grandmother, Vervia Ellen Mehaffey, was born on September 7, 1897. She was of a very large family. She was the eldest daughter, and as such, was expected to care for her younger brothers and sisters. The ratio of boy and girls was eight boys and 3 girls. That would make her one of eleven children. They had really big reunions with this side of the family every June at Lake Brownwood, Texas. She really loved her brothers and kept track of good relationships with them until the day she died. As her youngest grandchild, I've got many stories of all of them.
|My grandparents when they were courting.|
My grandmother returned to school once my Aunt Jo was enrolled in the local elementary school. She went on to receive her degree from North Texas State College in Denton, TX. She went on to earn her master's degree from Harding Simmons University in Abilene, TX. From there she worked as a school teacher and as the local junior high librarian. (It's largely due to her that I've got my love of books.) My grandmother was well-respected within her community.
|Grandmother in the local paper with her book about her mentor.|
|Grandmother E with her book on Methodism|
For fun, my grandmother enjoyed visiting family, quilting, studying history, writing, a good book, and crocheting. Every night after dinner, she took a walk around her little neighborhood. People would come out of their houses to greet her. I don't know if she did that when I wasn't there, or if it was just a ploy to show off her granddaughter.... but I didn't really care either. Grandmother and I would walk and talk about everything you can imagine on those walks.
|Grandmother with my brother and I in 1975|
Vervia Everitt will be remembered as an author, historian, teacher, librarian, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and the beautiful yet proud woman she was. She was very active in church, and everyone seemed to know her and like her around Brownwood, TX. I'm very proud to be her granddaughter.
|Graduation Day, 5/03/14|
Laurie Epps is a recent graduate of Anderson University majoring in Creative Writing. Already Laurie is most published as a feature article writer, essayist, and poet. A seeker of beauty, her is dream is to travel the world one day and tell the many stories of those she meets. Columns include: Monday Morning Book Club, and Thoughtful Thursdays, a column dedicated to the fine art of poetry.