Friday, August 02, 2013Author: Richard Daugherty
(Last modified: 2013-08-02 15:12:05)
Source: The Herald-News
“Camp Daugherty,” as I have lovingly and laughingly referred to it, is now over, and people have returned to their normal lives and are getting settled back in to their normal routines. But for a week, love and summer worked their magic and our family had a time of fun, bonding and sharing a togetherness that none of us will ever forget. We laughed, joked, cried, looked at old pictures, updated genealogy records, reminisced, played games, visited the old home place just off Morgan Creek Road and reconnected with family and many friends such as Jack Jones and Bob Ivory for whom both David and Larry once worked. Since we are all so scattered, this was really a first for our family and more than once as someone would be telling a story I would hear, “I never knew that!” One special time for us all was one day when we were all together and just before our meal blessing, we gathered around the piano and organ and sang “Amazing Grace,” lifting our voices together, knowing fully well that the likelihood of all of us being together again just as we were that day was not likely. Part of the week was spent exploring the Aquarium and Rock City, zip lining, rafting the white water of the Ocoee River, exploring Pocket Wilderness and, of course, eating! Now before you think that I worked myself into a cook’s coma keeping all 20 of us fed for a week, I must tell you that I had lots of fine help from my sisters-in-law Kathy, Helen and Deniece — and those women know their way around a kitchen, I can tell you! “Camp Daugherty” made this a summer that I — and they — will always remember and cherish.
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