*a winner was chosen for the little book giveaway!*
many people i know have close relationships with their grandmothers.
honestly i did with my grandmama, my mom's mom. she died when i was five. it devastated me.
i can't imagine how much that loss made my mama hurt, she was only 27 when grandmama died.
i spent every day with her and loved that she lived in our home.
i have another grandmother who is still living, my dad's mom.
i have never been super close to her. we are closer these last few years, that i am glad of.
growing up, she either lived in georgia, her home, or on and off with us. she is a character. i am a lot like her. stubborn and sassy as they come.
i do love my mama rose. i am thankful for her.
she has a thick syrup-y georgia voice. you know, low talking, slow talking southern.
mama rose really gets a kick out of re-telling me stories, mostly about when i was a kid.
good grief was i something else! her favorite story goes like this,
"hannah, do you remember when you were 'bout three, i don't know how old you were, but do you remember sitting on santa's lap at the mall? he asked you, 'little girl, what do you want for christmas?'
and you told him 'i want a gas station! and i want it TONIGHT!'"
then she laughs and laughs, and i laugh too, because it is pretty funny. i guess.
my favorite stories to hear are the ones about my dad.
now he was a hoot. he is a hoot. anyway.
although her mind is sharp as a tack, she is very frail, living with lupus and neck and back problems and a host of other ailments. she lived through the depression, was married at sixteen and had three boys. her life hasn't been an easy one. at all. over the last few years, i have sought to be an encouragement to her.
recently, my pops went to get her from living with my uncle in indiana. (my uncle isn't well and can't care for mama rose.) he brought her to maryland so he could make sure she was taken care of. my parents got her situated in a nice little home a short drive from the beach. she has great staff there, her own spacious room and good meals three times a day! praise jesus! when we visited my family last month, we were able to visit with her for a bit.
she met elijah for the very first time. it was a fun time had by all.
even though i was sweaty and hot from the day, i forced myself to take a photo with my sweet grandma. mama rose was just as thrilled as i was for the camera. heh. maybe that's where i get it from?
i am pretty sure my love of candy came from her...
and this, my friends, is how cooperative mister e.g. was for the camera. gracious. he was more interested in how her rocking chair worked and what was on her side table than giving her a hug or a photo.
at least they're in the same frame.