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MILL CREEK STORIES

They met at dawn, and my relative was shot and
killed. Not much of a reputation as a duelist if
you lost your only duel.
ended and one of his patrons came in talking trash about
politics. My man threw him out of his place and ended
up getting challenged to a duel. They met at dawn, and
my relative was shot and killed. Not much of a reputation as a duelist if you lost your only duel. Good story,
though. I always tried to find a four-leaf clover to leave
with him because it seemed to me, he needed luck more
than anything else.
My great-great-great uncle Darius was an absolute
rogue who was captured at Gettysburg then traded in a
prisoner-of-war exchange. He had charmed several young
women into selling their jewelry or horses to fund his
shenanigans, then left them high and dry. The scoundrel
gene seems prevalent among the male members of my
family. Go figure.
Both my grandmothers were college graduates and

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loved teaching. I'd leave them pencils. One of my grandfathers always had a pipe in his mouth, so he'd get a
smidgen of tobacco. I felt really connected to people even
if I'd never met them. These were my people. This was
my family.
Of course, a Southern woman could not gussy up a
family member's grave and leave the one next to it unloved. We ended up tidying up nearby graves and making
up stories about the people there. Imagination would run
wild as we would wonder about the lives of these strangers. What did they do for a living? Why did they die in
their twenties? Were they as much of a rascal as some of
our relatives? Who loved them? Who forgot them?
Have a lovely Memorial Day. Remember your veterans. Remember your scoundrels. Remember your family.
Remember your friends. Remember your angels.

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