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My Alabama Shaw Family on My Father’s Side From 1861-2014

Aunt Willie Lee asked Daddy a question on his wedding night

Posted Nov 23, 2016

Annie Shaw-Barnes, Ph.D.
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Hi everyone,

Daddy’s siblings were quite a bunch on Daddy’s wedding day.

The eleven Shaw sisters and brothers managed to stay serious throughout the ceremony, though the older ones couldn’t help smirking at the thought of what the wedding night would be like, and the younger ones couldn’t keep from swinging their legs into each other. Aunt Willie, I’m told, asked Daddy, “What are you going to do tonight?” But her question did not elicit a response because Daddy was the Shaw under-patriarch and, therefore, it was improper for Aunt Willie to ask him such question.

Without doubt, Daddy was the second leader, after Granddaddy, and, therefore, it was impolite for a young sister to pose such question and she realized after the fact, the answer to her question was non of her business. She smiled, but he merely ignored her, instead of exchanging words. So, even on Daddy’s happiest day, he kept his loving way toward his sister, whom he loved as though she were his child, and, in fact, he would, eventually, use part of her name to name his daughter to be.

Even when Daddy’s sister overstepped her boundaries in conversation with him her, under-patriarch, there was sibling love. Isn’t sibling love valuable to everyone today? Let’s try and see how it looks and feels for each other’s good. Got it? Let there be no arguments, when you gather for Thanksgiving day or thereafter.

That was Daddy’s and Mama’s wedding day the fourth Sunday in August, 1928.


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