|My grandfather, Leonard Hensley, on Moore's Gap Bridge in|
Anderson County, TN
Recently I ran across the only photo I have of my grandfather. He died at the young age of thirty. He and my grandmother along with his sister and another man were walking on the sidewalk of Akron, Ohio on October 25, 1935. My grandfather, Leonard Hensley, was struck by a drunk driver, killing him and another man.
|My grandmother, Reva Hensley Leinart.|
My grandmother, Reva, gave me her wedding band. I still wear it to this day. This past summer I was reading Cormac McCarthy's novel, Suttree. There was a character in the book, a waitress, who was described as showing off her orange blossom wedding band. I had thought my ring was very unique, one-of-a-kind. I've since learned that these wedding bands etched with orange blossoms were quite popular in the 1920s and considered Art Deco style. My grandmother's band truly was one-of-a kind. I think of my grandmother everyday and I don't need a ring to remind me.
|The orange blossom wedding band that my |
grandmother gave me.