The Men in my Family
Let's talk about men. My "hubby tag" in the my last post inspired me along with the fact that it is National Craft Month to talk about our men. This photo is the last photo of all my uncles (on mom's side of the family) together with Grandma and Granddaddy. Standing from left to right: Uncle Lamar, Uncle Leonard, Uncle Earl, Uncle Max, and Uncle James. Of course Grandma Nettie California Yates Thomas and Granddaddy Joseph Hershel Thomas, but folks called him "Joe."
My Uncle Earl, and Uncle Lamar both do wood working (Uncle Earl has passed). One of my favorite gifts from Uncle Earl is my cedar swing. He had his own workshop behind my grandmother's then later my aunt's home. You could just drink in the cedar smell. He made a swing (porch swings) for my son along with the help of my Uncle Joe Bill (in law uncle) and that was Uncle Earl's last swing. He also made jewelry boxes and cedar chests. My mother has several. Uncle Earl also help to lay the foundation for Disney World in Orlando. He worked for them for years.
I did not know my Uncle James. He was the oldest of the children and did not live in Florida. I saw him on visits down, but he didn't take notice of me. I always noticed his wife, because she loved to chew tobacco. Yuck, yuck, yuck. I'm sure, if he was anything like the rest of the boys he was equally talented. I know he worked very hard all his life. Uncle James passed away after Granddaddy and Grandma died.
Uncle Lamar does some woodworking my mother tells me. He was in on the "boys" building Grandma and Granddaddy's house. He is a very very dear man who loves his family so very much. He was one in the family that came to Christ later in life. He has a wonderful wife who I always enjoy when we visit.
My Uncle Leonard can do anything. A tree falls over, he makes a swing. Two trees fall over and he makes a porch. He built his house and with the other boys built my grandfather's and grandmother's house. Being a farmer and a mechanic he loves old tractors. He took the shell of an old tractor from the 50's and rebuilt it, painted and you could not tell you were not in the 50's. He can rebuild any engine or any body of a vehicle. His wife is equally talented with knitting and crocheting. My Uncle Leonard and Aunt Bammer have a wonderful grandson they are helping through college, Joseph...after Granddaddy. They are both wonderfully special people.
Uncle Max is the most creative person I know. He is an artist that begot all our artists in our family. Somehow Uncle Max has the best of the gene pool when it came to artistry. But his talents don't end there. Uncle Max can rebuild engines and body's of vehicle. Matter-of-fact, he and his brother worked together for many, many years. My Uncle Max moved from Pensacola when his two children were very small. He built a small two room house, which Aunt Texie Mae made a home. The four of them lived in that home until Uncle Max built them a nice house completely paid for when he finished. My Uncle Max helped my mother in caring for my father who had Parkinson's, he was there when dad died, he was there for my mom when she became deathly ill after dad's death and through her heart surgery. Uncle Max and Aunt Texie Mae have always been a guiding light of Christ for our whole family. BTW: he has the best sense of humor and I think my son must have got it from him. LOL
Comment Challenge/RAK: Leave a comment here about a man in your life that has a crafty talent/gift.
1. My wonderful doctor
2. The peace I feel when scrapbooking
4. The death and Resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ
5. For the forgiveness of sin
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