The drive from my house to Sumter,SC is about 4.5 hours (266 miles) by google-maps. From there, I drove to Copperhill,TN to camp with friends. The drive was 5.5 hours (305 miles).
I was very sad to hear that my first cousin had passed away. My mother and her dad, were sister and brother and she was a couple of years older than me. Our grandmother, who we called 'Mammy', had a small house in the town where I grew up and a room in the house where Susanne lived. Mammy didn't drive, so my mom or her dad, would drive Mammy between the locations.
Her dad owned a small country store and all of his family helped with it. I remember going to the store and my uncle would give us small pieces of candy. I thought that the store was wonderful. Time has passed and a 4-lane road is now in front of the store where a 2-lane road used to pass. The widening of the highway removed a lot of the front of the store. There were gas pumps and used cars for-sale on the side. When my uncle first bought the property, the family lived in a small space in back. When the family grew larger, he built a house across the street. Later, he built several small houses and rented them. They are now abandoned and not in use. The current store is unreconizable from the store that I remember. The small country store has been replaced by any varity of 'dollar' stores and Walmart. I had to ask what the location of the store was because I only remembered a route number and box number that was used before road names and house numbering was created. It is amazing to see how much things have changed.
Her dad bought a lake-house on Santee and we spent many days there during the summers. Susanne taught me how to water ski. She and I grew-up together and I am sure that my parents wanted me to attend Winthrop University because she went there.
I attended her funeral and wanted to post some about her and my memories. I miss her.
While there, most of us enjoy socializing with one another. Often, the group decides that we would like to cook a dinner together. We talk about what food needs to be eaten because an ice chest has thawed, or a refrigerator didn't get enough solar power to keep the food frozen for long. On this trip, a couple of meals included hot dogs and one meal was hamburger. There was also fried fish and chicken and store-purchased pizza. Someone cooked scrambled eggs, hash-brown potatoes and bacon for breakfast. The meals were delicious and, of course, I gained weight.
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