LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
I launched a campaign with other bidders, telling them how valueless the item actually was in an effort to discourage running up the price. Whether that or pure sympathy prevailed is unknown, but I walked away with the little brown jug that my grandmother used, still bearing a piece of masking tape with my mother’s handwriting that warns: “Do not remove lid.”
That simple little jug, worth nothing in today’s selling market, is valueless sentimentally.
Items such as these are the basis of the auction that brings us back to our roots — the four children of Robert and Dicella Miller and the descendants that carry on their legacy. This year is the 24th annual family gathering, and although the names and faces have come and gone over the years, the meaning of family is what prevails throughout this celebration.
All those whom I called immediate family are gone now, at peace in a place where there is no pain or sorrow. But remaining a part of the family is what drives me to the 4-H camp each year and keeps those memories of my youth and my ancestors alive for future generations.