My mother-in-law, Gladys Peggans Harris and my father-in-law, John Ballard Harris lovingly raised seven children in an old schoolhouse on Route 221 in Forest, Virginia.
Mr. and Mrs. Harris were known to their adoring grandchildren as "Granddaddy" and "Granny". The Harris home was always open to family and friends for a short visit or a long stay.
No matter the length of time spent, Granny would always say in response to someone departing her home,"Oh, come on and stay .Your don't have to run off, stay for supper." Very seldom do I remember my mother and father-in-law without a guest in their home.
If she knew of someone coming for a visit, she would phone me with excitement about thier arrival.
With a humble heart, and by her own example, Granny Harris
taught the act of giving to her children and grandchildren. She always had a special way of persauding her grandchildren to joyfully help with her daily "chores". My daughter, Teri Jo, loved helping Granny whenever she would visit. Teri Jo's favorite chore
was to feed the stray cats; they could always find meals at Grannys house.
Neither Granny nor Granddaddy Harris ever turned away a stray animal or human
being for that matter, whether they were in need of food, a little cash, or a place to stay.
Their love for all of God's creatures was apparent from their
self-less acts of giving.