Let’s roll back the clock almost 59 years and let’s go to Mammoth, WV. You will have to read some of my earlier blog post to learn about living in a WV Coal Camp.
I remember not wanting to leave all my friends like Lynn Hudnall, Karen Agee, Punch and Loretta Edens, The Hurley’s, The Ash Family, The Pringles and Carol Ann Bagley. I was crying and saying how much I would miss my friends.
Paula Hudnall lived next door to us and I always thought she was very nice. I remember her putting her arms around me and she handed me something. It was a very little novelty that looked like an old oil lamp. Paula told me to keep this close to me and every-time I look at it to remember her.
This little lamp brought so much comfort to a little girl that was moving and losing all her friends. Well, 59 years later, I still have that little lamp (picture at the top) and I will keep it forever. As a teen I kept it in my “treasure box” and it has travel with me through many moves and travels.
It is not how big a gift you give, but how you give that makes a difference.