Spending the night at Grandma and Grandpa's I'd get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and Grandpa'd be standing in the kitchen with a spatula in hand. Want an fried egg samwitch? he'd say. Grandpa....it's 1 in the mornin! Why would I want a fried egg samwitch? He's the first person I remember making me an ice cream cone at home. I thought that was just amazing...ice cream cones at home! When I was little, every Sunday after church we went to Grandma and Grandpa's for sunday dinner (meaning the noon meal). All my dad's sisters would be there (except for Sister 3) and his brother. My cousins would be there and it was such a good memory. I miss those times.
Grandma got cancer when I was a senior in high school or maybe it was shortly after I graduated.
She willed my grandpa back from death I don't know how many times. And then when she got sick, he kept himself going for her. He was determined not to die before she did. After she died, he just wilted away. He pretty much stopped eating. He was always a big solid man, a good 300 lbs in his prime. He wasted away down to nothing after she died. He'd go all day and eat nothing but a chicken leg. I made a sort of spice bread/fruit cake that he really liked, so I'd make those up for him and he'd eat that. They had brandy in them and I've never made one since he died. Still have half a bottle of that brandy in the cabinet.
So many things make me think of Grandpa and Grandma.........every time I use a pressure cooker. Every time I make vegetable soup, or cook neckbones. Everytime I go fishin' or work in the garden, or hear an organ they come to mind. He and Grandma were such a huge part of my childhood, such good influences on my life. I like to think of Grandpa up in heaven, sittin' in his old fishin' chair, catching catfish and Grandma playing her organ and waiting for the rest of the family to get there so we can have a big ole Sunday dinner again! They had a hard life financially and with Grandpa's health, but a rich one in other ways. I love them both so much and am thankful to have had them in my life for as long as I did.
Till next time..........God Bless!