pandemo (pandemo) wrote,


My younger sister LH, her twelve year old granddaughter EG, my mother and her youngest sister Aunt CR were sitting in the sun room watching a DVD of a film, Now and Forever, from a book written by Danielle Steel, with the requisite blatant sex scene. Nobody said a thing. EG got up, casually left the room, and began playing at the computer.

When the movie ended, she came back. What a pleasant surprise.

While she was watching the film A Walk to Remember, during the wedding scene, when the preacher said, "Love is patient, and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends;..." --First Corinthians, Chapter 13, Verse 4.

Evidently, this sounded different from what the church her great-grandmother takes her to.

"May I see the Bible with the four translations?" EG asked.

She looked it up. "Ha, ha! They used the fourth one! (Revised Standard Version)"

Mom's Bible has the King James, the Amplified New Testament, The Living New Testament, and the Revised Standard Version, which is number four...

The adults were amazed that a twelve-year-old would bother enough to look it up to be sure which she was hearing.

EG loves to swim, and cousin G and B have a swimming pool. While spending time there, G decided to teach EG to speak "southern".

The Brother-Sister get together was expanded to other in-laws so the northern visitors could see everyone. After Uncle D left, my sister found his lunch cooler. On the way home, the Ocean Springs group decided to stop by his house, just a few blocks from their intended route, and drop it off. One of his sons, my cousin Mike, now Father Malaki, a Catholic priest, was home for a few hours to see his elderly parents, my mother's older brother and his housebound wife. Mom said she hadn't seen Mike for "I don't know how many years..." A long time, anyway. When EG entered in her swim suit, long legged, blue-eyed, blond, with a budding figure, my sister LH introduced her to Mike.

The good father looked at LH sincerely and said, "I will pray for you," then smiled.
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