Uncle Allie’s Bamboo

My mother came into this world with a speech impediment. You’re probably asking, “What does that have to do with Uncle Allie’s bamboo?”

Hang on and I’ll get there (by the long route).

(I originally published this article on my author website, but I decided it also belongs here on our genealogy blog!)

When my mother was a child, she was ridiculed by other children for “talking funny”. These days, we would call that “bullying”, but back then, nobody really cared. There was that saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Which wasn’t actually true, but back then, they thought that it was.

My maternal grandmother, the oldest child in a family of eight children, would invite her younger siblings, on occasion, to come to Vicksburg and stay with her and her family while they got their feet on the ground as young adults.

One of those younger siblings was my mother’s Aunt Florence.

Having various aunts and uncles stay with them enriched my mother’s life greatly, and caused a closeness to extended family that wouldn’t be there otherwise.

Aunt Florence, with her bouncy blonde curls, was courted by (and married) a young man named Allie Elton Cuevas.

Allie Cuevas was not one to let a child be bullied if there was something that he could do about it. So, daily, he spent time with my mother, teaching her to speak properly. And as a result of Uncle Allie’s gentle guidance, she did learn to overcome the speech impediment and to speak properly. Uncle Allie became a favorite uncle of hers because of that.

And then World War II came along. Allie, along with most other young men of the family, went overseas to fight the enemy. Thanks to many prayers, they all came home safe and sound.

And when Allie came home, he had a souvenir from Guam in his Sea Bag – one piece of a bamboo rhizome.

Keep reading about Uncle Allie’s bamboo on my author blog…

Uncle Allie’s Bamboo

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