Here is a short history of me. My father Jerry David was killed during active duty in Germany 3 months before I was born. My parents were living on an Army base in Germany, 1966. My mother, Lore, went to live with my father’s family in Livingston, Texas. I was born in August of 1966, in Nederland, Texas. My grandparents, 2 uncles, and aunt helped my mother with me and my colic. Not a easy time for anyone especially me.
For many reasons, my mother left their care and moved to Enterprise, Alabama. She had a support network, and felt this was her best move. I don’t really now specifics, mainly due to my Mom being quiet about it. She didn’t speak much of bad things in her life. She loved Jerry, and felt she was doing what was best for us.
We visited often when I was young. Not many memories, but I have pictures, and plan to ask who is who. My Mom remarried when I was 3, Leroy Thurman, and he raised me as his own. I really didn’t know anyone else. Once they were married, I remember traveling once, maybe twice, to see them. But it just didn’t work out to visit them. We did visit my mothers family in Germany, and they are precious to me. But…
Life went on, and I didn’t see my paternal family again until I was 17. It was a short weekend, and as a teenager, didn’t really want to spend it with my Mamaw. She was a strong lady, and able to do much. In the last bit of years of my life, I have lost many family members, including my Mamaw, and Mom. Only through Facebook, have I reconnected with my Aunt Clairece, and through her my Uncle Jake.
We plan to travel to Spring, Texas, where my Uncle Jake and Aunt Barbara live. It will be a short trip, mainly to retrieve a piece of furniture from my Mom (left long ago with my Mamaw), and the property is being sold – so I have been offered the piece. The furniture isn’t the main reason I am wanting to travel. I want to hear about my grandparents, father, and family.
I pray that I laugh much, and cry much. I hope to have memories to pass on to my children of my father, and family.
Lost and found. Sometimes, it can be found just in piece of furniture.