Sunday, April 18, 2010
Monday Madness: It Happened on a Sunday
My Aunt Carmena had the kind of voice that you would recognize anywhere. I think she had one of those high soprano singing voices that when she sang in church you knew she was there. I went to stay with my aunt one year in Marshall Texas. I guess I had to be in the 4th or 5th grade. Every sunday we went to church. My aunt lived in the section called New Town,and did not attend the home church (I bet her parents are still rolling over in their graves lol) located in the country on Blocker Road called St.John Missionary Baptist. She went to New Bethel Baptist Church which was much closer to where she and my Uncle John lived.
This one sunday, in fact it was the 1st Sunday of the month when they were having Communion. Me and my friend RoseMary Richardson was sitting in the next to the last pew. Well, this man came up to our row and handed this lady a tray and she passed it down. Shoot, I thought she was giving it to me because it was full of crackers. Me and Rosemary reached in and got a handful and what do you know they were giving us something to wash it down with too. About the same time, Rosemary and I heard this commotion. This man that gave us the goodies wanted his trays back. I did not hear that familiar voice so I knew something was up. When I looked up with a mouth full of crackers I saw the biggest scowl on my aunts face. I didn't know if she was mad at me for stuffing my mouth full of food or mad at that man for taking away the tray he had given us in the first place.
Needless to say when I got home, my aunts finger shook faster than a speeding bullet. I thought my face was gonna take a direct hit.I guess she was too mad to give me a spanking. LOL Anyway, she explained to me later what communion meant and what the proper way was if I would ever take it.
The next day on our way to school at Dogan Elementary, Rosemary and I said that we would never eat at church again no matter what they tried to give us. LOL
Carmena L.Taylor Morton: Parents Joseph and Frances Dickerson Taylor was born in Marshall,Harrison County,Texas on February 14,1905 and passed away Jan 30,1985 in Longview,Gregg County Texas.
Aunt Carmena was the sister of my grandmother Essie Dean Taylor.