She enjoyed working for my sister and the Doctor. As she cooked we talked and laughed, soon Mother joined us. Mother was going to do the cooking while Millie was away for Christmas and I would help sister with cleaning. Millie showed Mother how to make out the holiday grocery list and called Rotschild’s Grocery to place the order. The groceries would be delivered the next day and if we needed anything else we could call and they would delivery. As mother and Millie talked and prepared dinner I set the table.Sister and John came in from their house call all excited. They had delivered the granddaughter of the first baby John’s grandfather, Dr Fred Dillard, had delivered when he set up his office in Brownsville. Then they learned the father was delivered by his Uncle Jim the doctor whose office John had taken over. We laughed and talked. Millie came in to clear the table. Mother and I helped with the clean up so Millie could get home and pack for their trip tomorrow.
We waved them off as they were leaving I saw Millie pull the envelope out of her pocket she smiled then cried blowing a kiss to Sister. My sister had such a big heart.
Sister informed us we had a quest arriving soon to join us on a ride around Brownsville to see the Christmas lights and hear the singers on Court Square.
“Wear your red dress with the fuzzy coat.” Sister said I noticed a twinkle in her eye as she smiled at Mother and John. I should have known something was up.At 6 o’clock Mother and I joined my sister and John in the Parlor. There was a knock on the front door. John went to greet our guest .As he rejoined us a tall and handsome man with the most beautiful smile entered the room.
“Mrs.Davis and Miss Lilian Davis I would like to introduce Mr J.G. Bond one of my
childhood friends.” John said.
“Mrs Davis and Miss Lilian it so nice to meet you and please call me James.”
“Well then please call me Lily” I said.
My mother cleared her throat ,I could tell she was suppressing a laugh,
“ Well James it is a pleasure to meet you and am delighted you will join us tonight.”
After some small talk we put our coats on and went to get in the carriage John,Sister and Mother were helped in the back . That left me in the front with James he assisted mother and sister then held my hand as I got in the carriage. Oh boy was I going to have a discussion with my sister.
We started out toward downtown. James and Sister conducted a tour as we rode around we saw the beautiful churches decked out with beautiful wreaths and gas lights, then we saw the Brunswick Stew plant then around to the Opera House on S Washington.
James issued an invitation to the family to be his guest on Christmas Eve to attend a program at the Opera House followed by Midnight Mass.( oh dear handsome,smart and Catholic)
I turned and smiled at James “Guess that means we accept.” I said
He took my hand and squeezed it smiled and said “I am glad”
I overheard him reject several invitations remarking that he already had plans etc.
On the way back to sister’s he explained he really wanted to spend the holidays getting to know me better. I was both flattered and confused I had not come to Brownsville to meet a new beau since losing my finance to fever 3 years ago I just did not think I was ready.
Over the remainder of the holidays we had a wonderful time. Mother enjoyed cooking, meeting and entertaining new people. While James and I sent time visiting with his friends and family. I learned he was in his last year of law school and planned on opening an office in Jackson. There was another branch of the Bond family in Madison County not as wealthy as the Haywood Country family.