Saturday, April 25, 2009
Grammy was born on this day in 1910. She was only 15 when she married Grandad. They were married for 50 years when Grandad passed away.
Grammy was short, maybe 5'1", give or take an inch. I remember when we would play dress-up, I was so excited when her shoes finally fit me. I was probably 6 at the time, she had tiny feet! She always wore high heels and a dress. I guess the heels were to help her reach things in her cabinets better.
Her closet was my favorite place to go in her house. Opening the door and finding stacks of catalogs to look through was always like finding a treasure chest. She not only had the usual Sears and Montgomery Wards catalogs, but Spiegel, National Bella Hess & lots more I can't remember the names of now but were full of items I thought would be wonderful to be able to buy. Spiegel was special because it had an actual fabric swatch in the bedding section. I'm sure I wore it out touching the rich fabric every time I was there! Someday when I'm rich, I'm going to buy one of everything in Lillian Vernon's catalog whether I need it or not!
Grammy played the piano at church and only 2 of her grandchildren inherited that ability from her. Not me, but I remember playing "I Dropped My Dolly in the Dirt" on her piano. I'm sure she was ready to run out of the house screaming when all her grandkids were pounding on her piano, but I don't remember her ever getting on to us.
I inherited her stacking ability. If there is a horizontal surface in my house it is stacked with magazines or papers. Her dresser was like that.
She got her driver's license after Grandad had his first heart attack when she was probably in her sixties. I can't imagine trying to do that now.
Grammy passed away in 1995 after suffering with Alzheimer's for several years. She has been missed.
Grammy may have been little, but she was a big woman in my eyes. I loved and admired her very much and hope that I have her strength and courage to face things that may come in the future.