Much was made today of it being the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birthday.
It suddenly occurred to me that there was a 100th anniversary to remember and that means much more to me.
Tomorrow, February 13th, marks 100 years since my grandfather was born.
Horace Hodge in his prime
To my mind he was just as fine a man as Lincoln. He was self-educated for the most part, just like Lincoln. He was honest to a fault, just like Lincoln.
The Horace Hodge family, 1954
He worked long, hard hours in the fields, raising wonderful watermelons and peanuts. In my earliest years, I would see him mostly at meal times. This picture of him at the supper table represents my memories of him then.
In his later years, he was plagued by health problems and was usually in his chair reading, but always generous with a smile and full of gentle teasing of his citified granddaughter.