We never knew our grandparents on our mother’s side. Simon (a.k.a. Jack) and Rebecca (a.k.a. Lessie, Nora) both passed away while our mother was still a young girl. However, after our mother’s passing, we discovered that she had been holding on to scores of love letters her father had written her mother during a long courtship. Clearly, letters are missing, and she only had a couple of letters Lessie had written to Simon, but these letters have allowed us, if only on a small scale, to learn something of their character. It is a fascinating peek into the challenges, hardships, family dynamics, and faith of one South Georgia couple living in poverty.
Simon and Rebecca’s grandkids