One of my grandsons turned 5 a few days ago and missing him made me think back to time spent with my own grandmother.
I spent my childhood far away from my southern roots in, of all places, Los Angeles. Every year we would make the long road trip to see my grandparents in Alabama.
Both sets lived in an area known as Happy Hollow. What a magical place for a child. So different from my daily life in California. My Dad’s parents farmed and lived the simple life. Rising at daybreak and going to bed with the chickens, wood stove, outhouse, feather beds and pillows and a front porch with rockers and no TV.
Looking back days spent with my grandmother Beulah are some of my sweetest childhood memories. She had 6 boys and no girls, I was the youngest grandchild, so I became her pet. So much so that she named some of her animals after me, including a cat and to my everlasting horror a calf! This was done to my honor of course. Lol!
I loved rocking on that porch listening to Grandma tell tales of long ago while we shelled peas or snapped beans until my fingers were sore. She taught me to make peanut brittle in a skillet, bathed me in a big washtub and just loved me. My Grandaddy let me shoot his rifle and drove us to church,( never over 35 miles an hour) but he was a quiet man.
My other grandparents on the opposite side of the “holler” were more modern, there I had TV, but still we were in the “country”. Tractor rides, miniature boxes of ice cream sherbert, peppermint sticks and Sunset magazine filled my days. My grandfather was an inventor and always thinking of ways to improve things. He had a very sharp mind. I still remake a book stand he fashioned for me using 2 coat hangers and some tape.
All four of my grandparents had something to offer me that I cherish now.
Mostly love of family, my southern heritage and love of God. Even though we live in much different times today than what future generations will face our values will not change. We will Continue to be that “tie that binds”. Share your life with the younger set and make memories that will last a lifetime.
Have a great day!