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October 27, 1946: to Emily Virginia Shackleford Ware

"I would have answered your kind letter sooner but have been so busy lately canning tomatoes, making Suzanna's winter clothes, etc. Suzanna Emily is going to have tough overalls of Welsh flannel and sweaters of Welsh wool in lovely soft colours to match."

Gwyn's first letter to her new mother-in-law, who has only just learned of Crawford's wife and baby's existence, is a masterpiece. It set the tone for a deeply loving and mutually supportive relationship that lasted Grandmother Ware's entire life.

The newspaper article chronicles our unheralded arrival in Hogansville in early 1947 -- Crawford kept pretending until the bitter end that we two li'l chickens would never come home to roost -- speaking volumes in not very coded language of mingled astonishment and schadenfreude at the behavior of one of the town's golden boys. "Visiting in New Orleans" actually means Daddy's lengthy refusal to come and pick us up. Finally Gwyn got him to do his duty by smartly informing him that his secret wife and child were otherwise just going to step off the train in the middle of Hogansville on their own.