MY SISTERS ( left to right me, Pat, LaLa standing behind us is Tiny)

My paternal roots are from the savannahs and jungles of West Africa.  We came to America on wooden ships and chains.  There was no Ellis Island welcoming committee; a slave auction greeted us.  Hodges’s DNA in America can be traced back to George Hodges, a Virginia farmer and slave owner.  My great-grandfather, Edward (nicknamed Ned), was sired by George.  My great-grandfather was born a twin.  We’ve been told that George’s wife had a slave take my Grandpa and his brother and throw them in the hog pen.  Grandpa Ned was rescued, his brother was eaten by the hogs.

Hodges Sister Salad

1 (6 0z.) package lime gelatin, 2 cups pineapple juice, 1/2 pint whipping cream, 1 (4 oz.) carton small curd cottage cheese, 1 (4 oz.) can crushed pineapples, 1 cup chopped pecans.  In a medium saucepan, cook the gelatin and pineapple juice until the gelatin is dissolved.  Remove from the heat and allow to cool.  Add the whipping cream.  Fold in the remaining ingredients.  Pour into a chilled dish, and refrigerate until chilled and firm.

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