On Saturday night, the Lakewood Theater in Old Hickory held their annual Lakie awards. My grandmother was the founder of the theater and they honored her memory at the event. The lobby was decorated with her paintings and pictures.
I was unable to go because I had a commitment but my mom said I would have been so touched by all of the nice things that were said about my her and the standing ovation by over 100 attendees. One of the comments was that “It is so important to remember our past and if it wasn’t for Daisye Ramsay none of us would be sitting here tonight.”
I grew up at the theater- serving refreshments, decorating the lobby, being in plays and always getting costumes together.I learned so much from those experiences. I sometimes had to play a part like Tweedle Dee (or Dum) but that is part of life- doing things you don’t want to do- and you always learn something along the way.
My grandmother loved theater and making a difference in the community. Through her passing and the passing of her brother in the past month, It has really made me want to get involved and make a difference. Her brother (my great-uncle) Dr. Ralph Sheppard of Scottsboro, AL was an amazing man. The article that was in his city news paper was so well written and told all about his accomplishments over his lifetime. ( Click here to read the article.) Only if all of us lived like those of the “Greatest Generation.”
I have heard about the exercise where you write your own obituary when you are young and I think it is a great idea. It gives you a goal and something to work towards.I think I will work on that…