A Voice from the Past

Jun 11, 2016 | 1 comment


Great Aunt Susie, Cousin Sue's Grandmother

Great Aunt Susie, Cousin Sue’s Grandmother

My cousin Sue from Maryland left a message on our land line the other day.  “This is a voice from your past,” she said.  Indeed!  Sue is a second cousin on the Espy side and, except for her brother Robert who I haven’t seen or heard from in sixty years, I know Sue the least well of all my twelve second cousins.  We’ve spent (maybe) a total of ten days in one another’s company.

Mostly, that’s because of proximity or lack thereof.  Her father, Otto Finley, was in the navy and the family moved around a bit, finally settling in the D.C. area.  It wasn’t until we were both in our ‘middle years’ that Sue and I would see one another periodically at family reunions here in Oysterville.   I don’t think I even have a photograph of her but I do have one of her grandmother and she is “the spitting image” my mother always said.

The last time Sue and I visited it was on her turf – literally.  Sue is a horse woman and her days, at least then, revolved around her animals.  I think they were race horses, though I’m not altogether clear about that.  It was a lifestyle totally unfamiliar to me and I loved getting a glimpse.  I felt like I was in the middle of a Dick Frances novel.

Espy Cousins #3 circa 1918

Espy Cousins 1918

So… I was thrilled to get the call and to hear that she and a friend are wanting to come to Oysterville for a visit on Sunday.  I have my fingers crossed that it will happen but I had to leave a message when I returned her call.  “Yes!  Do come!” I said.  “And plan to stay the night!”

I’ve not heard back.  Did she even get the message?  Will she arrive on Sunday?  I wonder how my grandmother managed in those days before telephones.  I’m sure she was always prepared for a few more people at dinner.  So am I… at least for tomorrow!

1 Comment

  1. Stephanie Frieze

    I think that ladies of the house, in our grandmothers’ and great-grandmothers’ day had to be prepared to hostess company at the drop of a hat. How exciting! I hope they come!


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