I am planning a time out session today as I reflect on the death of my Cousin Jimmie. I have known her for as long as I can remember because the day I was born she was 12 years old. Today she made her transition and this leaves seven of the children of the Woods Sisters and brothers born in the 19th century to Dennis and Della Woods. Our Family reunions were the beginning of Family Blends and Friends. Everyone was expected to attend somewhere in Malvern or Hot Springs Arkansas.
My cousin Jimmie was one of my sheroes as she was a businesswoman, Entrepreneur and she was a Bank officer. She cooked food so hot that we ate and drank water in the same mouthful. She was crowned queen of anywhere she went. She was the first majorette I saw in full uniform. She was the first woman I saw play pool and own a pool hall. She did not take anything off anybody and sometimes it was best not to be in her sight. She would tell you how to get off her back and do it with her hands on her hips.I am smiling as I remember hanging out with the family, singing and dancing because she enjoyed life with the ever present Woods smile on her face.I can close my eyes and see and hear her call my name with all four syllables intact. .She was my oldest cousin still living and now there are seven cousins left from the eight Woods children. Today is a lonely day but I am not alone as I remember all the good times of the Woods Family Blends and Friends. Farewell my dear cousin. I honor you with all the gratitude I have. I dedicate these 300 words to your memory We thank God for your example of how to live and live well!