Sunday Koffee Klatch ~ Memory Lane Day

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Chutz
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   Posted 5/7/2010 10:44 PM (GMT -7)   
When we were kids age was a very strange thing. Someone who was over 21 was like amazing, unless it was our parents or immediate relatives. And if someone was over 50 they were ancient! Most of us had relatives or special family friends who were older and we remember them fondly. Who was the oldest relative/friend you remember as a child? What do you remember about them?

I think for me it would me my grandmother on my dad's side. I'm not sure how old she was when I was a kid but probably nearing 60. She was a tiny lady and very polite. She and I got on so well and I loved her dearly. I would spend a week or two with her in the summer once I reached my teens....she lived about 400 miles away. As much as she was a lady we went fishing most every day. She lived in a tiny cabin of a house on a lake. We'd go down to the dock and catch sunfish, perch and a few other things. Then back home to clean them and cook them up for supper. They tasted better than any steak dinner since Grandma and I caught them together. I could go on and on but that's enough...

Who do you remember as an elderly friend or relative when you were a child?
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   Posted 5/8/2010 8:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I think the most memorable person for me was my paternal grandmother also. She was very quick mentally, loved a good debate, and very opinionated. She used to love to have the Jehovah's Witness visitors come, she would study up before they came so she was ready to argue with them about whatever their lesson was. I'm not even sure she believed in religion, but she loved a good, spirited debate. A real character, she was.

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   Posted 5/8/2010 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
In my life, I have been blessed w/ some of the most wonderful ppl. I have had ppl that are family and ppl that were closer than family.
 
Outside of my mother, the two dearest ladies in my life have been my paternal grandmother and my godmother. My grandmother was called Mimi by all the grands, and we all adored her. She had more grands and greats than most ppl, but she spoke AND listened to you as if you were the only one. She shared her stories w/ each of us and wanted to know what was going on in our lives. She lived w/ two daughters, but she would come to visit w/ her other children/grands for several wks at a time and it was like Christmas when she came over our house. She and my mother were so close that she left all the family pictures and documents w/ my mother, she knew they would be treasured. She was sick thru the yrs, but she always pulled thru. When I was 16, she lost her fight and the whole family was stunned. I still feel her loss very keenly.
 
My godmother, now that woman was a piece of work. I say that w/ tremendous love. My mother was/is quiet, demure, very ladylike, her dearest friend was not. BUT she was classy, loyal, loving, and just plain - fantastic. She always remembered our 'special' day, and any other day concerning me. She met a few of my boyfriends, never said anything - hard to believe- until she met my future husband. She said grab him. We weren't even dating, just friends. I couldn't repeat half the things she said here or I would be thrown off, but trust me she was too funny. When my younger son was coming, I asked her and her husband to be his godparents. She started to cry, I'd never seen her cry before. She was thrilled! Her husband, my wonderful 'uncle', unfortunately passed away a wk before my son was born. She died 10 yrs ago yesterday. My whole family still feels that loss dearly.
 
As sad as I am to have lost these terrific ladies, I know how blessed I am to have had them in my life. They are always in my heart.
 
God bless.  Alice.

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   Posted 5/8/2010 6:57 PM (GMT -7)   
My Grandmothers father (um would that be great great great grandfather)?

He always caught my attention, because he rarely spoke and when he did everyone would stop to listen. He loved to play chess, and I remember how he would teach me how to play and give me advice. Sadly, we just burried him this last year. But at the wonderful "ancient" age of 104 years.

Also, growing up I was close to my brother, a CPL in the ARMY, may he rest in peace. He and I were tight, had a fall out when he joined the ARMY, and got sent to Iraq and was killed while stationed there. I lost both him and his K9 partner that day, and we are approaching their 3 year death anniversary. He was what we dream of our kids being, nice honest loving sincere compassionable fair helping.

I still mourn both of their deaths, but each day gets a little better
 
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