After Mom and Dad married, they had nothing and nowhere to live. Their only option was to move in with Grandma Lambert on her small farm in Birdtown. Her house was nice. It had a porch, salon, kitchen, cellar, small attic, and three small bedrooms. The farm had a small barn and a two-seat outhouse that straddled a small creek that emptied into the Oconaluftee River. Grandma did not have electricity, so she used a wood-burning stove for heat and cooking and oil lamps for light. What made her house stand out from others on the reservation is that it had a pipe that ran water from a nearby spring into her kitchen sink.
Even though the house was nice, it was far too small for the small army—Grandma, Willard, Gillian, and Philip— that was already living there. It did not help that this was the home of Dad’s mom, which meant that Dad remained more of a mama’s boy than a husband. Despite the fact that the house was overcrowded, I am sure that Grandma was