PATSY R. BRUMFIELD: April 18th brings back remembrance

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

If you’ve started thinking about Paul Revere, it’s because we’re nearing the anniversary of his famous ride and Longfellow’s famous poem about it.
It’s a two-fer for me because it’s the way I remember the wedding anniversary of my beautiful and willful grandmother, Rosalie Eggleston Denio Dial.
“On the 18th of April in ’75, hardly a man is now alive who remembers that famous day and year …”
Rosalie and my grandfather, David McCoy Dial, did not marry in ’75. I think it was more like 1926, but that poem gets me going to remember it all. Truly, few remember that famous day and year.
From what little I know about all that, my grandmother may have had her eyes set on David’s brother, Buster, who reportedly was a bit more handsome and more social, but their mother had some kind of odd, clinging relationship with Buster and thwarted Rosalie’s interests.
So, apparently, naive Rosalie decided that perhaps David would do just as well. David was everything Buster was not, and it’s hard to say just how long they really got along.
Many years later, an old man who once worked for Rosalie saw her again and wondered about her former spouse. “Excuse me, Miss Rosalie,” he is quoted as saying to her, “not to bring up bad remembrances, but how is Mr. David?”
It’s a wonder my blessed daughter, Margaret, isn’t a complete science project from all the unusual women who have preceded her through the Denio-Dial side of the family. And that doesn’t begin to look at the Brumfields or Bardwells, on her father’s side.
It’s with great delight that I anticipate a sure-to-be-fun event this weekend, with Margaret along. We’re going to the Ole Miss Women’s Council scholarship luncheon Saturday with special guest Leigh Anne Touhy, real-life “The Blind Side” mom.
I’ve got to thank Leigh Anne for allowing the book, then the movie, to be released about her incredible life in taking in the young Michael Orr. The love and care she and her husband, Sean, showered upon the then-homeless teenager from Memphis is certainly the stuff of fiction, despite its reality. She and the movie also are to thank for being the catalyst to bring Margaret home for another university stint on top of her engineering degree. Margaret saw the movie in Houston, Texas, where she began her engineering career in 2005 and decided it was time to come home.
We’re looking forward to hearing what Leigh Anne has to say about everything that’s happened in her life since Michael was a first-round NFL draft pick to the Baltimore Ravens and especially since actress Sandra Bullock won that Oscar for her portrayal of Leigh Anne.
Poor Sandra has had a bit of a difficult time since then. But that doesn’t seem to have slowed Leigh Anne down one bit.
I suspect after we’ve heard from Leigh Anne, we’ll remember that famous day and year for quite some time.

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