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Josephine Evans Ash Continues to Write About I Remember in 2021 By Dr. Charles L. Singleton

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Josephine Evans Ash Continues to Write About “I Remember” in 2021 By Dr. Charles L. Singleton
Josephine Evans Ash Continues to Write About “I Remember” in 2021 By Dr. Charles L. Singleton

On February 10, 2015, The Summerville Journal Scene, Summerville, South Carolina Poet and Family  Journal, USA & Overseas Fishermen’s Hall of Fame First-Ballot inductee 2020, Josephine Evans Ash wrote the unforgettable poem “I Remember.”

Do you remember the white and green house on Dorchester Road, that sits behind two oaks trees; I call  them the oak trees with no tail.

I remember.
Do you remember Buddy & Toochin, the way it all began? 

I remember.
Queen, Catherine, Jack and Son, you know, ‘Cat man.’ 

I remember.
Do you remember the children, grands, great-grands, and great-great-grands? 

I remember.
Do you remember going to the white and green house to spend the night, being in bed as soon as it got  dark? Closing the shutters on the window. It was so dark in there. 

I remember.
Do you remember Granny never frying anything; everything was cooked on the top of the stove.

I remember.
Do you remember the homemade ice cream and chocolate layer cake – oh yes, let’s not forget about the  Kool-Aid too.
I remember. 

Do you remember getting up early on Monday mornings to go in the field to gather vegetables? Going to  work on the wagon pulled by the mule?
I remember. 

Do you remember eating half-rotten fruit, vegetables and tainted meat, but Granny had a way of fixing it, so you’ll never know?

I remember.
Do you remember Buddy never in the field with us working but sitting under the tree telling us what to do?

I remember.
Do you remember lunchtime, Granny saying, “Yena come and get ya sweet rolls!” I remember.
Do you remember having sweet rolls and bologna and of course Pepsi soda? 

In 2020, I Remember Homemade Lye Soap Made from Lard.
I remember “living in the country” during the late 1950s and 1960s. This was a time in the rural areas of  Dorchester County, South Carolina, when locals got all the cooking grease (shortening), or lard rendered  from hog fat and would take it to my great-granduncle "Bubba Chris and great-grandaunt Patsy Flood's" house.

In their backyard was a big washpot (a large outdoor metal pot that was used for boiling clothes over a hot open fire). They would put all the greasy lard into this fired up washpot and would let the  grease come to an extremely hot boil.

Then, they would keep stirring this fatty oil until it became hotter and hotter. Afterwards, Red Hot Devil Lye (sodium hydroxide) was added to the alkaline mixture, which  was carefully poured into a mixing container until hardening.

Now, that was how you made soap! I  remember, we used the homemade lye soap for mostly scrubbing heavily soiled clothes and personal  health reasons. I think sometimes Mama would use Lye Soap or Octagon Soap to wash our sores.

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In 2021, I Remember the Old Mule. Great-grandmother Viola Toochin and great-grandfather  Benjamin Buddy Flood, The Mule and Wagon Classic Photo, Circa 1950-1970, Gregory Taylor,  Family Journal Artist, GA
Let me tell you about the mule. Our elders would often use a traditional mule-drawn sugar cane  squeezing mill to collect sugar cane juices. I remember how they would put detachable collars, ropes,  and a chain for pulling heavy loads on the mule, to support a more comfortable workload.

Then the mule walked around in a circle grinding sugar cane for hours and hours! Mule labor created sugar cane juice,  which was boiled into cane syrup. Cane syrup is sweeter than sugar.

One More 2021. I also remember my uncle, Captain Benjamin James "Benji" Singleton, Sr. (1943- 2017) historical legacy. Benjamin “Ben” was a genuine custodian of local law enforcement and  fair service to the people for forty-six years plus: Deputy, Dorchester County, South Carolina  Sheriff’s Department, Police Chief for the Town of Ridgeville, SC; served as president of the  Palmetto State Law Enforcement Officers Association (1987), a successful business owner,  community leader, traveler; family man, father, grandfather; great prideful sense of humor, and  sports enthusiast. ---SC 2019-2020 Bill 3563
Josephine Evans Ash grew up in Dorchester County, South Carolina, only a mile or so, from Benjamin  James Singleton, Sr. Memorial Intersection, “Red Road” Junction: Orangeburg Road (S-18-22) and  Dorchester Road, SC, (Highway 642), Dorchester County, SC. This is what I remembered growing up as  a country girl living in lower-state, South Carolina.
I hope what I wrote helps you with your history; because our dear and beloved ancestors did everything  with love, care … and the hope that someone would tell their story. Until the next time, it’s good to look  back down the line, and wonder how you made it. Whatever you get out of this poem of mine, remember  the good times and the bad times. “But God” has been there through all of it. Remember you can always  look back over your life to see where you are right now.
I remember and love to all. --- Josephine Evans Ash

Ash’s poem, “I Remember” was first submitted anonymously to The Family Journal, USA & Overseas in 2008. She first submitted this poem honoring her great-grandparents, who lived on Dorchester Road, the  “Old Wire Road,” in honor of Black History Month. --- Josephine Evans Ash, Summerville Journal Scene,  “I Remember,” February 10, 2015

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