Once again, the holiday season is here, and one more empty seat at the Thanksgiving table. My beloved sister, Edith passed, leaving only my youngest sister, Mae, and I out of four siblings. Distance also separates us. Mae lives in Northern California.
I am thankful for those I have left, but I miss Edith who was closer to my age. Edith and I used to have a saying that ended with, “What is I going to do?” That always meant something to us. We had private jokes where one would start a sentence and not have to finish it, or the other one would finish it. Another example was regarding our complexions. Hers was darker like our father, and mine was lighter like our mother. In high school, white students did not understand that.
I am thankful for all the memories of those family members who have passed on. I miss my father and mother. My mother and father taught me how to treat women. My mother taught me about being a Christian and business. Both taught me how to deal with people, sometimes with tact, then sometimes no tact. But one thing I learned from both of them was that people had respect for them both.
The most important things that I give thanks for are the living family members and loved ones I have in my life today. I have my wife and three sons who make us proud, grandchildren and a great granddaughter.
We have travelled together, abroad and to many states in America. We have gained awards, most recently her award from Business Life Magazine. However, I am so very thankful that our children are interested in keeping The Journal business running. Remember, “Jesus is the reason for the Season,” Thanks to God!