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