A Leap of Faith: The Brown Clan of Edisto Island
Today is a Leap Day. It only happens every four years. How unfortunate to be born on Leap Day? I would be pissed if my birthday only came every four years! Do they re-compute everyone's age to account for Leap Years? By this thought process, surely I am younger! Why do we have them? What does it do for the world to have one year every four years with an extra day added. As if it weren't mind boggling enough that February only has 28 days? But then we go and add an extra day to the weird month every four years. Ultimately, I write today to express my disgust of the Leap Year AND to take an opportunity to Leap out on Faith!
When I first started writing Drome Chronicles, I honestly just wanted to share a part of my family with the world. The Brown Family from Edisto Island, South Carolina: A family that has always believed in the power of dreams. Some people call us superstitious, but my family knew exactly what our beliefs meant and we have always had faith in them-Our Dreams. Gateways into our hopes and desires! Foresight into the future. My Aunt Jackie was raised on Edisto Island with Grandma Abby. My Aunt Jackie was the oldest of four sisters. And all of four of them passed on the traditions and beliefs of Grandma Abby. Listening or smelling for rain. Predicting the birth of a child or the death of a loved one. They all carried Grandma Abby with them. When my aunt passed in October 2015, I felt like we lost a huge part of our history. Last week, the last male-born Brown passed away. It hurt to lose my cousin, but it hurt even more to understand what his death symbolized. The true end of the Brown clan.
Well...in light of my belief in good over evil, truth over lies, and family over enemies, I wholeheartedly believe that you have to find the silver lining in all things. I have decided that today, February 29, 2016, is now Veracity Williams's Leap of Faith Day. As I finish up the final stages to self-publishing my very first book: Drome Chronicles, I realize that this has been a huge Leap of Faith. Faith that people will love my stories...that people will love them enough to buy them. Faith that people will remember the Browns of Edisto Island as they read about the Browns of Benaly Island. Faith that as I mourn the loss of Justin Brown, he along with all of the other Browns that have gone before him will be immortalized in the pages left by a descendant of Abigail and George Brown. The Original Brown Clan of Benaly...oops, of Edisto Island!
(RIP) Rest In Pages: Abigail and George Brown, Richard and Annye Ruth Brown, Aunt Jackie, Cousin Justin