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

For the first time, since February, 1945, Daddy, Mama, and I slept under the same roof

Posted Feb 14, 2017

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

After an afternoon and early evening of fun and sitting around and talking, it was bedtime. Mama had plenty of beds, but I wanted Daddy to sleep, alone, in the room where I finished growing up. He did. Again, he seemed to feel honored. This was 1980, and the first time that Daddy and Mama had slept under the same roof, since February 9, 1945. There was only one difference between the nights. They slept in separate rooms. I, as child of loving divorced parents, soaked in the love during our family reunion up north, even at breakfast time and the charm and beauty of my daddy Adam Shaw and my mama Annie Bell Shaw.

I waited from 1945 to 1980 to, again, sleep, at the same time, under the same roof with my daddy and mama. It was awesome to see my first grade daddy and third grade mama act with integrity and love that would be hard for anyone to beat.

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