Saturday, February 28, 2009
Remembering Grandma Kinney
Grandma Kinney was born on this date in 1905. She had the "Bryant blue eyes". They were a cornflower blue.
She was named after her mother (who hated her name), Nannie Lee. Her father thought his wife wasn't going to live after giving birth to her & named Grandma after her. My first name for her was Mama Kinney (my Grandpa's first name). Older grandkids called her this & the later ones continued the name. Later on, the older grandkids changed it to Grandma Kinney and it was never changed after that.
Grandma was a worrier. Yes, girls that was the beginning of our trait! I can still see her sitting & wiggling her foot with nervous energy.
She cooked for us every Sunday. Homemade fried chicken (not from the fast food place), potatoes (that no one has been able to match), deviled eggs, homemade yeast rolls, and a whole table full of other foods were always prepared with love. After lunch, she washed her hair and Mama or Nora Lee would roll it for her. She sat with the rollers in her lap & handed each one up to them. I have her tin with her rollers still in it.
My cousins and I would stay with Grandma & Grandpa in the summer. I don't remember her ever getting on to us, but I'm sure we needed it.
Grandma would go with me & Mama to the doctor's office in Olney. There was a snow cone stand across the street from the office & we'd both enjoy a snow cone while waiting for Mama in the car. Don't you know that was a sticky mess?
She always greeted us and told us goodbye with a smile and a kiss. She passed away June 25, 1982 after a battle with ovarian cancer. At her funeral, everyone of us kissed her bye at the church.
Grandma Kinney left big shoes to fill. My hope is that I will be half as good a grandmother as she was.