Pearls my Great-Great Grandmother loved to wear and pearls of wisdom she shared with her family. Stories about another time minus the way of life and all the items we enjoy today were not thought of back then. Times were hard for many, but family love overcame and their trust in God out-shined the negative times.
Bobbi Purvis Hunter
behind an old ship wreck--- dry docked on the beach. Since the new year of 1710
it seemed her luck proved to be bad. First her mama died from the flu pandemic
and then her father shipped off as a shipmate on the Purple Cross---he did not
tell her when he would be back.
left a half-breed Indian who was a great friend of theirs to watch his Rachel.
Rachel trusted Long Legs but she did not want to be a bother to anyone and he
had a large family to take care of and feed. She could take care of
herself---and now she would.
At 16 Rachel
was full grown---but unlike her many schoolmates she did not want to married
and raise a bunch of children. Anyone could do that---she wanted her life to
mean something. She wanted to travel the world and then decide where she wanted
would begin her dream of making beautiful dresses from her drawings. Rachel was
very artistic. And as crude and uneducated the town she lived in was---the
towns people still appreciated Rachel’s talent.
begin her adventure tonight by becoming a stow-away on the Black Hawk. She had
done her investigating about the captain and found out he was fierce but kind
went home to pack all her belongings including her new acquired make-up of rice
powder, rouge, and lip color. She was proud of the new dresses she made from
her drawings---they made her look older than her 16 years.
had taught her how to throw a knife and her father taught her how to dance
around a fighter who was throwing punches. She was strong and savvy and was
ready for her new adventure---but first she had to write her father and Long
Legs a letter of good-bye and let them know what ship she was on.
all is said and done---and Rachel was packed and ready for her plan to take
place---her hands trembled a little as she held her satchel. She waited in her
hiding place behind an old wrecked ship from the last storm.