Posted by: vftmom247 | 2011/12/31

Grandmothers

 

My grandmothers were very different, but I want to be like both of them.

One grandmother was a firecracker, a steel magnolia, a flapper, vibrant, who spoke her mind and had a wicked grin to the end with the sense of humor to match.  She was a pioneer who taught most of her life even after her family came along – and could still teach a recalcitrant granddaughter algebra at seventy-plus.  Woe befall you if called during a Braves game, even during the truly rotten years.  Thank goodness she got to see them win the World Series!  Her shrimp and boiled peanuts live in my memory still, as do the memories of summer spent in small-town Claxton, Georgia.  Her enthusiasm for life was inspirational…and I still miss her so much.

My other grandmother was ladylike, quiet, and would have been the stereotypical fifties housewife, except for her quiet strength.  Yep, another steel magnolia.  It was easy at times, to take her for granted, to let her fade into the background – especially since that’s where she preferred to be.  She was the center of the household, though, the one who kept it whole and running smoothly.  As I became a wife and mother, I really grew to appreciate how well she quietly ran her household.  She had a quiet charm, eyes that missed nothing, and a steel-trap mind that relished a good book, crossword puzzles, and the stock market game.  She introduced me to musicals, Georgette Heyer, and good manners.  I miss her too.  She passed away just after Thanksgiving.

My grandmothers were so very different.  Both steel magnolias, but in different ways.  Both ladies to be loved and respected, to be imitated, missed, and inspired by.

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