Grandma was a blessing. She was a very neat and proper lady. She was proud of the fact that she NEVER in all her life ever wore a pair of dungarees (jeans). She also never did any formal exercise. She was insistent that she would never lift weights. Grandma was struck by lightning while she was in her house when she was in her mid thirties. She had many health problems through the years. Mostly relating to her gut. ( I strongly suspect that she may have had a gluten allergy) She had at least three heart attacks. She struggled with digestive issues and had many abdominal surgeries. I called her my 'Grandma Grandma' because she was your traditional Grandma. She never forgot a birthday or missed a gift giving event. She was very affectionate and really enjoyed her grandchildren. She was feisty but sweet. She never considered herself very smart as she had had to repeat a grade in her elementary years. ( She did graduate from high school.) BUT she would finish the newspaper crossword every day and she read all the time. Even when her mind had almost totally slipped away with dementia, she would catch you if you mis-added numbers or misspelled a word. She was doing word search puzzles right up until 3 days before she died. We were blessed to get to spend her later years with her close by. She and Grandpa were excellent example of faithfulness in marriage.
After Grandpa died, Grandma kind of lost her anchor in life. She left the farm and bought a house and stayed there until her youngest finished high school. Then she became a travel agent and travelled all over the world. Israel was one of her favorite places to go. She also went all over Europe. She moved to florida and was in the Clearwater area. She moved from apartment to apartment. She was robbed frequently. One time her son was going to be coming home on furlough (he was in the navy) while she was on a trip. She hid all her valuables, but she wanted him to know where she had hid them so he could use the TV etc when he got there. So she left him a note. She was robbed again before he got there, and everything on the note was taken, But at least the thieves didn't have to mess up the house to locate it. She was a smart lady though. Another time, she was home alone when thieves were trying to break in. She hollered loudly, "David, get your gun, someone's trying to break in!" They left in a hurry!
Grandma was an incredibly gifted knitter. Grandma would knit a sweater EVERY week during WWII. All the ladies would get together and knit wool sweaters for the sailors. Grandma spent her last years near-by. Visits with Grandma were always fun and unique. She was a wildly creative lady. Her projects (and food) either ended up amazing or terrible. There was no middle ground. Mom and Dad took care of her and then she ended up at a nursing home when her dementia worsened. She lived to be almost 90.
These are my parents. They have been wonderful parents. One of the neatest things in my life has been to see God work and change their lives through the years. They have taught me much about faithfulness and hospitality. My children have been privileged to grow up near them.
I know my children will always look back with fond memories to the times they got to spend with their grandparents... on both sides!
I know I do!