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Written by Cecelia Latoof   
Monday, 25 August 2008 11:12


When Bryanna, Angie, and I were children, Daddy would pipe up, right before bedtime, and ask, "Who wants to go to Tallulah?"   We'd all squeal with delight!   He'd tell us to get our pillows and blankets, go to the bathroom, and pile in the car.   And we would.

It was so spontaneous that I'm able to remember each trip.   We would be on the road in less than a half an hour and be on our way to Mama's family's home in North Louisiana.   We three girls would be snuggled into our pillows in the back seat. With the drone of the tires on the road, the feel of the wind coming through the windows, and the sound of the soft voices coming from the front seat, we'd all drift away into a sound, deep, and carefree sleep.

During the trip, we'd wake up from time to time and find ourselves in totally different places.   While we slept peacefully, Daddy had continued to drive on, and on, and on.

When we would finally arrive in Tallulah, we'd tumble out of the car,  still in the wee hours of the morning, and find ourselves completely transported from the life in the suburbs to to the open expanse of farmland and country.   Horses and chickens.   Dogs, cats, and pigs. 

And more lightning bugs than you've ever seen in your entire life of nights floated above the grass.   The sky was completely black with its bright star lights twinkling and shooting across the sky.   It was devoid of commercial and residential lighting to interfere with the darkness and dim the wondrous fire works of nature up there.   I would almost get vertigo while looking upward in wonder and happiness.   

We were there.   We were in Tallulah.   We were with family.   And, to us, that meant ties so strong that nothing could rip us apart.   Family.   The word strikes a chord deep within me.  

I know now  why it was so important to me as a child and why I thrive, even now, under the protective wings of my family.  Family represents a bond, a tie, that not even death can tear asunder.   It can not even put a rip in the corners of the fabric that binds us.   

Family we were.   Family we are.   Family we shall always be. 

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eloiselatoof - 08-25-2008 12:51

i remember, too, that seat belts were not in vogue. were they even available? i remember one thing and not another!!!! WHAT FUN SPONTANEOUS TRIPS CAN BE1111111
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