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That was a lumber town with over six thousand population. Our Dublinville was in Oglethorpe County, just a little north of Atlanta, and the population never climbed above five hundred till the 1970s. The town sat at the bottom of a hill and the main road led down into it and became the main street through town. The old Presbyterian church for white folks—a white frame building built by Pa—was on the eastern edge of town, and across from it was the old manse. Dublinville was a slow-moving, quiet town.

When I was packed and ready, Aunt Sara told me to run up to Aunt Ella’s house and kiss her good-bye. Susie ran up there with me. I kissed Aunt Ella and I said, Aunt Ella, I had a good time. She said she was so glad, and asked me if there was anything I wanted to take home. And I said, Yes ma’am, I’d like to take my mama a mess of your brown flour. And she burst out laughing. How could I have known that flour didn’t come by the mess? For years, Aunt Ella told that story, to much merriment, when family members gathered.

The affair, she said, didn’t continue after you were born. A few years later, he got married and had three sons. You are Corrie Webster’s oldest child, Mama said. His other children, Melvin, Russell and Owens, were all born after you. A lot of people later on didn’t know that. They thought Corrie Webster had been stepping out on his wife. But the affair took place long before his wife came into the picture. Oh, she knew about it, and didn’t approve, but it was before her time. Mama didn’t seem a bit embarrassed.

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