Way Back Wednesday: In honor of grandparents day

So, in honor of grandparents day, which was Sunday, I figured I’d write a Way Back Wednesday entry with some old pictures of me and my grandma.  All of my pics of me and my dad’s mom  (Granny) are back at my parents’ house, so these pics will be of me and my mom’s mom, MaMa. I haven’t mentioned her much in this blog, so it kinda works out :).

MaMa made awesome chocolate layer cake and chicken tenders. Of course, they weren’t usually served together, and everything she cooked was good Grandma-Style cooking, but those were definitely her specialties.  Oh, and she always made breakfast; you didn’t eat pop tarts or cold cereal. When I was in middle school, I awoke to French Toast, Grits, Bacon, and other yummy foods many mornings (I was not a vegetarian until college).

MaMa was super active too (Maybe that’s where I get my energy from; The other day, I had a friend tell me that with my energy, I would never die, just run out of batteries).  In the summer, I stayed at her house a lot, and every morning at 6:30, I heard the water hose on the window screen from her watering flowers outside the bedroom window. I think she did more gardening, yard work, and cooking before 10:00 AM than most people do all day.

This was in November 2001. She'd been at the assisted living for almost a year, but doesn't she look like the picture of health? She was 88.

This was in November 2001. She’d been at the assisted living for almost a year, but doesn’t she look like the picture of health? She was 88.

MaMa was always doing something.  I never recall her just sitting or lying around- she didn’t even fall asleep during the soap operas, or as she referred to them, “the stories”.  She effectively managed her household until her age 87. A few years later, she went to assisted living, and then a nursing home. Even then, she wasn’t one to just lay around feeling sorry for herself- she went to every gospel concert, Bible study, and bingo game at the home.

This is Mommy and MaMa on her 92nd birthday. We bought that cake earlier that day in Charleston. My Mommy meant that MaMa would have an awesome birthday, which was good, since it would be her last. We also shared the leftovers with her friends on the staff at the nursing home.

This is Mommy and MaMa on her 92nd birthday. We bought that cake earlier that day in Charleston. My Mommy meant that MaMa would have an awesome birthday, which was good, since it would be her last. We also shared the leftovers with her friends on the staff at the nursing home.

MaMa passed away during my junior year of college, over Christmas break. Although she didn’t live to see me graduate from FMU, she did attend my high school graduation and was super proud to see the youngest of her grandchildren graduate. About two weeks before she passed away, she came home for a Christmas barbecue at my uncle’s house.  She was in great health, and played with and talked to all of her great-grandchildren.

Our last picture together- May 21, 2005.

Our last picture together- May 21, 2005.

That was the first and only time she met Clay, and I’m pretty sure she was impressed by my catch :).

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4 Responses to Way Back Wednesday: In honor of grandparents day

  1. Cori says:

    I loved this blog about your grandma. My grandma always called soap operas, “stories”, too. Too funny! Looks like you were blessed with an awesome grandma!

  2. Melanie says:

    She was one in a million. We were very blessed to have such a wonderful person in our lives. I miss her everyday.

  3. Zaneta says:

    I loved this post!! I was extremely close to my grandma growing up too… she passed away when I was a sophmore in college… it’s hard to see them go.. your MaMa looks precious! 😀

  4. Angie says:

    I love this blog!! Aunt Essie was such a wonderful person and I loved her so much. She was such an important part of my life. She was my SC Mom!

    In our childhood when we went to SC, my brothers and I often stayed with Aunt Essie. I slept with your mom, Cheryl. Terry slept with Willie and poor Aunt Essie got Barry and my brother Jeff.

    No one could boil peanuts or make homemade ice cream like she could. And she always made me cake batter!!

    I still miss her more than words can ever express. I always knew that I was loved by her . . . and I truly loved her . . .

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