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I Miss My Grandma
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Dreamweaver    Posted 03-10-2001 at 14:33:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Today marks the aniversary of my beloved Grandma's death. I miss her more than life itself. She was the kindest, sweetest, most respectable person that I believe every walked this earth. I remember the life she led, and it was a rough one. She and my grandpa farmed all their lives on another man's land. They farmed "halves," and they were dirt poor. But it still amazes me to this day, that you never went into her home without it filled with wonderful aromas of fresh baked biscuits, country fried ham, fried chicken, homemade sweet potatoe pies, or some other delectable treat. Even her coffee tasted better than I've ever had before. She never knew a stranger, and has been known to feed one right at her supper table. She could stretch nothing into the feast of the 12 loaves and fishes and feed an army. She was always busy. Never remember her sitting idle. Even when she would rock in her rocker or swing in the porch swing, she was always busy, mending something or snapping beans or shuckin corn. She had wonderful stories she recanted to us younguns' about how wonderful life was when she was growin up. Her daddy was a circuit ridin preacher, and she told tales that were so life-like you would think you were right there. We children would catch lighting bugs in the early evening, and she would churn homemade butter or ice cream as we squeeled with delight running barefoot in the damp grass. I remember we would fight over who would "sweep" her dirt front yard that the chickens were so happy to peck around in. She was always making our clothes, quilting our blankets, canning or vegetables, slaughtering our hogs for meat, or pluckin chickens for Sunday lunch. She never spoke a harsh word about anybody, and that's a fact! No matter how mean and deserving they may have been. She could quote the Bible like she had wrote it herself, and lived by it too! Her word was like money in the bank, and she was a friend to everybody. If somebody would get sick, why she would be over there in a heartbeat and just come in and take over that house, taking care of their kids, husband, cooking, cleaning, washing, you name it until they were better. Lord I miss that woman. She was the best! She had 14 grandchildren in all, and loved each one the same. She never played favorites. She taught me to appreciate the simple things in life. She taught me how to shoot mistletoe from a tall tree with a shotgun, she taught me how to gut and clean a fish, she taught me how to sew, she taught me how to tie string around June bugs and fly them, but mainly, she taught me how to appreciate what you've got in life and be happy with it. Yep, I miss my grandma. She was the best..........

Cherie    Posted 09-29-2002 at 16:53:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
My Grandma, went into a home last year and hasn't been the same since. But, I have the memories like you. My grandma taught me the "Golden Rules" and was a pure example of the "Ten Commandments". She is as gentle as could be. I have always wanted to be like her. I hope that your pain lessons. But, that your wonderful memories always remain. May God Bless You1

IHank    Posted 03-10-2001 at 22:02:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Dream Weaver- I'm with Alvin as to what to do and agree with the others about the meaning of what you wrote.

Just do it gal!

Yes, I too had two Grams that looked after me while my parents were farming by day and working at the Ankeny ammo plant by nite, during WWII.

Gram Todd taught me about looking after home and family and critters, and taught me all about using her .410 shotgun. Probably some of it helped me survive Vietnam. Keep in mind she was a recent widow lady then in the early 40's.

Gram Calonkey fired me up about science and literature and the arts, plus taught me about being an enterpreneur with a power lawn mower after the war.

DW, good for you gal, you've set off a bunch of pleasant memories for a lot of people. Thank you for your post. IHank

Dumb Logger    Posted 03-10-2001 at 19:41:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
That was really sweet,Dreamweaver, I miss my grandmothers too, I believe they were cut from the same cloth. My grandmothers Daddy was also a preacher, but he worked dog-bone hard 6 days a week, and preached on Sundays. No one around to tell me the stories anymore, they,re somewhere in that great mass of cobwebs that covers what remains of my memory...Thanks Dreamweaver.

Alvin    Posted 03-10-2001 at 15:14:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Please put that in writing for your children and grandchildren to enjoy years from now. My wife and I are trying to get my family history together. Wish I had stories about the hardships my great grandparents had to endure in travel and work. They all were farmers in Wi. They all came over from Germany on sailboats. Those menories can never be replaced OR taken away.

Dreamweaver    Posted 03-10-2001 at 15:47:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for a great idea! I've always wanted to leave some legacy to my girls, and what a wonderful one at that! I've got so many wonderful memories about her, and it would be a shame to let them die. I believe I owe my love for country livin to her. If I thought I could be half as good a woman as she was, my life would be complete. :-)

Stretch    Posted 03-10-2001 at 15:25:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree. That's quite a tribute.

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