Daddy had 15 brothers and sisters and a few 'adopted' siblings who joined the family along the way.
A few of the Tucker siblings with their Mom.
Not sure why, but the names are in the wrong order.
Margaret, Tuck, Ruby
The couple responsible for the whole clan, Mama and Papa,
Jessie and Mitt Tucker.
Some of the family after Tuck's funeral.
A few of the Tucker ladies.
The reason for this melancholy reminiscence? On Monday we buried my Aunt Tuck. For 90 years she graced this family with her love and laughter. We had already lost Margaret in June 2010, so Ruby is the last remaining 'Old Maid' and her health is failing. While the service on Monday was more a celebration of a life well lived than an occasion to mourn, hearing Ruby tell me "That's my buddy laying there, you know it?" broke my heart. :( Those ladies were the best of friends for 65 years. How many of us will be able to make such a claim when our time here is over? I honestly believe that it is the heartbreak of losing Margaret that caused Ruby and Tuck to age so in the last couple of years. The medical community calls it 'FAILURE TO THRIVE'. I call it a broken heart. And I believe it is just as lethal as any disease.
Tucker, me, Uncle George and Perri
I do have to sing the praises of my Uncle George. What a guy. He and Aunt June took in the Old Maids once they got up in years and were really better off not being 3 hours away from all of their family. They have been the most loving and generous of caretakers. Recently June had her own health issues and had to have surgery. Uncle George had an awful lot on his shoulders but, as always, he bore it with great strength and good humor. No matter when or where I see Uncle George, it is always the same. There is a hug, a smile and the offer of a helping hand. Like I said....what a guy. : )
Hopefully, sometime in the very near future, there will be a Tucker reunion and I will get to meet all the cousins I've never met. Facebook is a wonderful thing and I've gotten to 'know' a few of them via the Internet, but still....nothing can really beat a good old fashioned family reunion! And somehow I just know that even though many of us haven't seen each other in many years (and some of us NEVER!) there would be so much love and laughter filling that place that there would be no questioning the fact that THIS IS FAMILY. Because even if we don't know each other well, it is still that Tucker blood that flows through our veins. And one thing I know for sure...when it comes to Tuckers, FAMILY is what matters most.