These are the women of my family. My mother’s side of the family is pretty dominantly female, both in numbers and in character. Some of these women have already passed, but I hope to at least pass some stories down to Sadie. We had a big Borden Family Reunion last summer, and we plan on making it an annual event. I missed out on a lot of time with this family, for various reasons, so it’s important to me that I reclaim some of it for myself, and that I help Sadie be a part of it.
From left to right, we have my second (third?) cousin, Gay. Then my mother, Laurie. Then her mother, Margie Russell. She’s holding my third (second once removed?) cousin, Andrea. Next to her is my Aunt Lyn. Then another third (?) cousin, Bliss, and her mother Chambliss. Next to Chambliss is Mama Helen, my great, great aunt. On the bottom left is Laurie Jean (she went by Honey), another great, great aunt. And another, Little Helen. Up a little is my Aunt Margie, who raised me after I was 9. Finally is Sadie Lee, my great grandmother. She was feisty. Sadie is her namesake, and I suspect we were on to something when we picked it.