Talking with my mother and her sisters these days, I get a different picture of Grandma as a parent -- stern and strict. The girls grew up in the Depression era where my mother, the oldest had to leave home at fourteen to cook and clean for other wealthier families, sending her wages back home for additional financial support of her family.
I'm certain you may have a similar story of relatives living between the 1920's and 1940's.
But what I remember most about Grandma is her laughter; her entire body would shake with the giggles and gaffes.
I'd like share a story with you that made my entire body shake from laughter I've told over and again about my grandmother. Enjoy laughter and easy reading on this Sunday in celebration of Grandma Graetz.
Fishing with Grandma
My first recollection of staying with my grandparents, I was around four years old. They lived on a dairy farm. I remember the house mainly from pictures, particularly one of Grandma and Grandpa in their kitchen eating a meal. Most of the pictures we have are of them eating.
Eventually, Grandma and Grandpa retired off the farm, moving into a small town of 8,000. Being a few years older, I was able to stay with them without having one of my sisters along.
During this time I could ride my bike around town, go to the park, go to the Five and Dime store by myself, just tool around. Also during my stay, I went fishing with my grandparents. I loved to fish as a kid.
One summer day my grandfather could not go fishing with us, so my Great Aunt Annie went with Grandma and me. Grandpa made sure the car was gassed up. Grandma made sure she had all the fishing tackle, bait, our lunch, and her big straw hat. I now have that straw hat with its wide and broad brim wearing it proudly while mowing lawn or picking raspberries.
At one of our favorite fishing holes, the water was calm and blue. I remember this day as if it were yesterday – the trees, the sun, the blue sky mixed with a few clouds. The sunfish were biting slowly.
But then, Grandma had a huge strike. The bobber went way under the water. Jerking the pole to snare her catch, she started to reel in the line. With much anticipation, Aunt Annie and I watched. As the catch got closer to shore, we all noticed what the “catch” really was. A turtle! Grandma snared a turtle! We laughed so hard. Grandma reeled it ashore, unhooked it and gave it one swift kick to return the beast back from where it came. However, when she did, her shoe went with! Again, the three of us laughed nearly uncontrollably.
Grandma wanted her shoe back, but none of us could swim to get it back. Instead, we did the next best thing we three avid and experienced fishermen could do. We cast our rods with bobbers in tow to snare the shoe and reel it back to shore. Well, experienced fishermen we were, but not at casting out to catch a shoe! It took over 30 minutes to get that shoe back. But back we did get it!
Fishing is normally relaxing, but this day it was not. We were so tired after getting that shoe back to shore; we ate lunch, packed up our tackle, leaving for home. My Great Aunt Annie never forgot that day and told of it whenever we were together. She passed away 2005 at the age of 104. She forever referred to me as her fishing buddy.
What memories does this day have for you? How do you celebrate them? Will you go make some of your own?
"Dreams are nothing more than wishes; and a wish's just a dream you wish to come true." ~Harry Nilsson, lyrics from "The Puppy Song"
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