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Just the hint of fall weather, and it takes me back to when I was a youngster growing up in the mountains. So much so, that I want to share those memories with you. See if you can relate to these memories….
Grandma Ammons delivered me, and told me later on in life that I was born with a veil over my face. A veil, or as others call it a caul, is a piece of membrane that can cover a newborn's head and face. The research of this type of birth says that born with a caul is rare, occurring in fewer than 1 in 80,000 births…so it comes as no surprise that superstitions and stories surround this mysterious and rare phenomenon. Many cultures consider a baby born with a caul is a sign of good luck and is believed to be the mark of something special. Well, Grandma always told me I was special … I guess that is why my elders always expected so much from me.
This podcast takes the listener to Wolf Mountain as Amy reads from her book Sterlen. Sterlen's wife Marthie stomps away from him in anger and eventually runs into a Cherokee on Ammons Mountain who tells her the story of “The Fifth Strawberry.”
History of and fond memories of feed sack clothes
A snippet of a story about quilting and the light of fireflies
Cousins talk about Decoration Day
In September of 2005, Catch the Spirit of Appalachia began its program “Stories of Mountain Folk” on WRGC Radio in Sylva, North Carolina. Not long afterward, I had the pleasure of interviewing two of my first cousins, Ruth Moore Pruitt and Linda Owen Vinson, about their memories of Decoration Day in the mountains. Today I am posting this interview once more because one of those precious cousins is no longer with us. A Vietnam Air Force veteran, Ruth spent her life loving our country and her family. She will be long remembered!