Today is a momentus occasion ~ November 30, 1909 ~ 100 years ago today, my precious grandmother was born!
Not a day goes by that I don't think of her and miss her. I hold many memories very dear to my heart of the wonderful and strong Southern Lady that she was, a pioneer in her own way, and way ahead of her time. She was raised by a single mother, lost her baby brother Hugh in a drowning accident when he was 11 yrs. old, put herself thru nursing school, and married a wonderful man who was 19 yrs. older than she. Being that much older, he left her a fairly young widow who never remarried. She finished raising her two girls, worked as a private duty nurse, took care of her aging mother, mowed her own grass, painted, refinished furniture, did everything herself.
She was an amazing lady, a funny, spirited soul ( I swear sometimes I can "channel" her thru me!), and a devout Christian. She loved her Texas Rangers, watched golf and football ~ thought her grandson-in-law (my hubby) could/should become a famous professional golfer! She loved her son-in-law (my daddy) just as much as she loved her daughter (Mother laughingly accused her of possibly loving him even more! She could sew, crochet, piece quilts, and cooked THE BEST meatloaf EVER!
She loved to play Solitaire, listened to gospel shows on TV after she could no longer attend church, and we talked on the phone EVERY day, multiple times in fact. I was blessed to have her move to our town in her later years so that she could be closer to Mother and me.
Some of my happiest memories are of playing "decorating" games with her using an old Monopoly board as a base and old dominoes to make pretend beds, sofas, and chairs. We used her stash of pretty buttons as pillows for the beds. Hmmm, think she gave me the decorating bug all those years ago?!? She would also ask me to roll her hair with those torturous old wire and bristle hair rollers and those horrid little pink picks and then she would pretend-fuss at how much I was "hurting" her! Fun memories!
As I look back on all my granny meant / means to me, I can only pray that my two precious grandchildren will love me at least half as much as I will always love Nana!
She would giggle so much at my posting some of her "glamour shots" here!!
Tell those you love that YOU LOVE THEM often and give them a hug for me!