Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Tattered Page

The cover is loose on the old leather bound Bible. The cover page is tattered and worn. The Bible belonged to my Great, Great Grandmother Fanny Langston. I touch the writing, a glimpse of this grandmother I could not know.

Pages. We all have pages in our lives. We write them every day. The pages go unnoticed. We assume they mean nothing. Yet, the pages are our history. This is about Fanny and her daughter Parolee, my great grandmother. Who were these women? Grandma (Mom) Johnson was not a warm person. She married very young. What did these women suffer to raise a family up in times that were so different from mine. What memories did my mother have of her grandmother?

I don't have that knowledge, but I have the pages.

Inside cover: 
Fanny Langston's Book May 10th, 1871
Property of Parolee Johnson by Inheritance March 29th, 1905.

On the other side of the page, my great grandmother wrote of her faith. I won't write all that is says, but this piece tells a great deal about the life she lead.

Read it slowly, frequently and prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory and a river of pleasure. It is given you in life, will be opened to you in judgment and be remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labor and will condemn all who trifle with its Sacred contents. - Parolee Johnson March 26th, 1905

A glimpse on a tattered page.

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