Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.
This week’s Sepia Saturday challenge is a simple photo of mother and child. If there’s a prize for “the most similar photo,” then I should win!
Just look. Little boys are on the left and the mothers are on the right. Both women are wearing a hat.
This is my maternal grandfather’s cousin Reba Coleman Morris (1896-1994) and one of her sons, but I’m not sure which. I’ll guess it’s James Mitchell Morris, Jr. who was born in 1924. Reba’s son Maxon lived only a year, but this child appears older than that.
Most of my grandparents’ cousins are only vague memories, but Reba is vivid because of one questionable decision she made. One of our relatives in Shenandoah, Virginia, had died. It was a 4-hour drive to Shenandoah for the funeral, so Reba asked if she could ride with my parents. Sure, come on. The morning of the funeral, Reba announced she was going to the beauty parlor to get a permanent. I don't know if she didn't think about the time required for a perm or if she didn't care, but as you can no doubt guess, she missed the funeral. Grandma was furious and fussed about Reba for months afterwards and then forever. “Going all that way just to get your hair done. Hrmph.”
It’s so ridiculous – what can you do but laugh?