Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Christmas in Saluda

There's a Christmas parade in Saluda on Saturday, December 10.  That got me thinking it would be great to share some Christmas or seasonal stories of days gone by.  It doesn't have to be about the Wills family although you're welcome to share that too.  I'll start.

It was the first Christmas Parade I'd been to.  It was 1964 and I was four years old.  I was there with my dad and I don't remember if it was in Greenville or Greenwood.  There was an old lady who was a distant cousin on my Coleman side whose name I don't remember and her grandson.  She knew me as a relation and she pointedly offered that her grandson was "your cousin, Marc "with a 'c'" III, "just like a Lincoln Mark III".  It made such an impression on me.  That moment of awareness to my more distant relations happened when I was watching this beautifully joyous parade on a chilly December morning in a South Carolina town.  I don't think I ever saw them again.

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