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Old 12-16-2007, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Woodstock, GA & Butler county KY
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Well, reading these posts got me thinking too. My parents were Kentuckyan's that moved to Florida in the 1950's to pursue their careers. I was born in 1957and spent many of my summers in Kentucky with grandparents & cousins early on. We later moved to Alabama and during the 1970s I lost most of my extended family in Kentucky, it seemed like every couple of months we were going back there for another funeral.
Due to that experience I think that is why I stayed away for a long time.
My father retired and moved back to his home town in Butler county around 1990. He asked me to take some time off work (rare for me) and come visit him for a few days, which I did.
I had forgotten how much I enjoyed & admired the old man, and how much I respected him. He was busy doing things for the community and several other projects.
But, the one thing I always remember about our family was the Christmas traditions. We would never decorate the tree until everyone was home...that incluced several Christmas Eve 'rushes'. Children always had to wake the parents up before going to see what was under the tree. Then we had the well structured present openings, breakfast, church services, then Christmas dinner.
I guess I've got too much Kentucky blood in me because I am working my way back here. The plan is for me & the missy to retire there and for our house to be the one for special occasions for all.
On the river, of couse...

Digger~
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Old 12-16-2007, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Pikeville, Ky.
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Digger, what wonderful memories..I enjoyed your post so much..I have met several people on cd, here and on other forums who are trying to return to their "Ole Kentucky Home" We'll leave the light on for you
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Old 12-17-2007, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Victoria, Canada
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Well, reading these posts got me thinking too. My parents were Kentuckyan's that moved to Florida in the 1950's to pursue their careers. I was born in 1957and spent many of my summers in Kentucky with grandparents & cousins early on. We later moved to Alabama and during the 1970s I lost most of my extended family in Kentucky, it seemed like every couple of months we were going back there for another funeral.
Due to that experience I think that is why I stayed away for a long time.
My father retired and moved back to his home town in Butler county around 1990. He asked me to take some time off work (rare for me) and come visit him for a few days, which I did.
I had forgotten how much I enjoyed & admired the old man, and how much I respected him. He was busy doing things for the community and several other projects.
But, the one thing I always remember about our family was the Christmas traditions. We would never decorate the tree until everyone was home...that incluced several Christmas Eve 'rushes'. Children always had to wake the parents up before going to see what was under the tree. Then we had the well structured present openings, breakfast, church services, then Christmas dinner.
I guess I've got too much Kentucky blood in me because I am working my way back here. The plan is for me & the missy to retire there and for our house to be the one for special occasions for all.
On the river, of couse...

Digger~
Digger, hope you all make it back to KY soon. I was hoping to make it back by Christmas. Now it looks like it won't be until Spring time.
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Old 12-21-2007, 07:59 PM
 
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Dustdemon:

It does get easier as time goes by. This Christmas will be rough for you and it's okay to feel sad.

As I stated in my first post, my dad died in 2003 and my mom in 2004. I also lost a brother in 2005, a much loved pet in 2006 and a sister in June of 2007.

My thoughts and prayers will be with you.
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