Monday, February 1, 2010

98





Today my paternal grandmother would have celebrated her 98th birthday. She passed away two years ago on New Year's Eve. My life is not the same without her.



My sisters and I spent many summers at Grandma's house. There was no air conditioning, which taught us that it was better to get up early to get our work done, and to rest in the heat of the afternoon. There was no television, which taught us to find ways to entertain ourselves. There was a huge garden, which taught us that if everyone pitched in, the work would be light. There was homemade ice cream, which taught us the simple rewards of a busy day on the farm. Life lessons learned from a kind, gentle woman.



Happy Birthday, Grandma!



The photo above shows Grandma holding a six-month old Snow White. I had hoped that SW would be born on Grandma's birthday, but we missed it by three days. There are SOME things over which we have no control!!


17 comments:

Mental P Mama said...

So sweet;) And the good ol' days really were good....

Caution Flag said...

You are so fortunate to have those memories! I never knew either of my grandmothers and that still makes me a little sad.

Keeper Of All Things said...

Sweet.
I can remember staying with my grandpa when he had a cottage on the lake.Some of my best chilhood memories!!

The Incredible Woody said...

I am just glad that you got to have SO many wonderful years with her!

Daryl said...

What a lovely face .. and she is smiling down on you ... xox

Keetha said...

That's a great tribute! I feel lucky that my childhood included similar times. Thanks for reminding me.

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Sweet memories of your Grandma BHE. And nobody can take those away.
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Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

What a great picture and such wonderful memories. You're very fortunate to have had her.

I miss mine every single day.

Busy Bee Suz said...

What a wonderful tribute to an amazing Grandma. You are lucky to have had her in your life...I miss my G'ma too! *tear*

HalfAsstic.com said...

That sounds like a wonderful childhood full of things learned that are hard to come by today. I had a great-grandmother that was very much like that. ;-)

littletoesandcheerios said...

Great tribute to a great woman and good ol' days that have seemed to dissapear. I am working on a blog post about Grandma's house.

Karen Deborah said...

My Grandma would have been 110 on Jan 19th-- and I thought about her on her birthday too. She made it to 99. Grandma's can make a big impact can't they?

Grandma J said...

What a sweet tribute to your grandmother. I love that picture. SW was such a beautiful baby!

You jogged my mind because my paternal grandmother lived on a farm too....and I started to figure out how old my she would be...are you ready?

127! Seriously. She was born in 1883, had my dad at 40 and died when I was 28. Oh, the memories.

dwyatt64 said...

Some of my fondest memories are at my grandparents' homes. My grandmas taught me how to cook, and all of them (granddaddy included) taught me stories about our family trees. I LOVE your pic of Grandma Massey holding SW! So sweet....

TSannie said...

I miss my grandparents every single day. They were just wonderful.
Happy Birthday to your Grandma, BHE!

Diane said...

What a beautiful smile. You are so fortunate to have such memories!

Life with Kaishon said...

I miss my Grammy's every day. I had 2 of the best Grandmothers on the planet. I miss them so much.