The Mother’s Day card is yellowed with age but its message is still clear. Forty years or so ago, a little girl gave it to her Aunt Syble, the woman who lovingly cared for her while her mother worked. Handwritten inside is “to my second mother.”
It was heartwarming to find out that my great aunt, Syble Allen, of Madison County, had kept this simple card for four decades. It was among the items her family found in her personal belongings. She was an important part of my early life and I have wonderful memories of my time in her home.
Aunt Syble was a quiet lady who didn’t talk a lot but you knew she cared about you. As one of the pastors said at her funeral, “she knew how to show people that she loved them.” I take after her in this way as I am also quiet but I hold those I love close in my heart.
It was just two years ago that her husband, Uncle Ford, died. Not too long before he died, my family attended a wedding reception for Uncle Ford and Aunt Syble. They had been married 60 years. It was so wonderful to attend this tribute of a strong marriage that lasted so many years.
In my early years, I also attended church with Aunt Syble and Uncle Ford at Rogers Baptist Church. As a little girl toddling around Rogers Baptist Church, nothing was more fun than following my Uncle Ford and Aunt Syble around. They were such an important part of my early years.
Another early memory is of a camping trip I went on with Uncle Ford and Aunt Syble. I slept in the back of their truck which had a camper cover over it. It was my first and last camping trip and I still laugh when I remember the three of us in the back of that truck.
I will also treasure the memories I have of Aunt Syble. She is among the family members who helped mold me into the woman I am today.
Angela Gary is editor of The Banks County News and associate editor of The Jackson Herald. She can be reached at AngieEditor@aol.com.