Thursday, February 19, 2009
I just love Show and Tell! You never know what someone is going to share. Kelli is our hostess every Friday over at There is No Place like Home. Every Friday is an adventure!
I usually show glass or pottery but I decided to take a slightly different route today. Although...you know me by now...there is "some" pottery in here!
I was very blessed to know several of my great-grandparents and had all four grandparents into my 30's. My maternal grandmother was an expert seamstress. She learned to sew from her mother whom we called "Granny". That's Granny below.
My grandmother loved to sew and 2 daughters and many granddaughters kept her busy. However, she wasn't too busy to make some "fun" things like clothes for my Barbie, Midge and Skipper.
I still have a Barbie case FULL of clothes and will share some of them along. Here's a few of my favorites.
We would visit Granny in Mobile, AL. How it thrilled Granny to see those delicate little clothes made by Ma Jessie. I realize now she must have been very ill at the time but wanted to take the time for me to know her. She would put me in bed with her and my little case of clothes. This was my first SHOW and TELL!
Granny passed away in 1962 at the age of 78. She seemed so old to me then but 78 is not that old today...especially from where I'm sitting now! Her funeral was at the church she had long attended.
After the funeral, someone handed me a turquoise carnation to keep. I took an instant dislike to the dyed flower, the smell and the carnation in general. From that day on, I hated carnations...still do. Mr. Dumpling learned pretty quickly never to give me an arrangement with carnations and I never send carnations.
Before Granny passed away, she let me choose several little keepsakes that I still treasure. One was a little kitten figurine and the other was a small chintz trinket box. Later, I would inherit her hand mirror and Hall mixing bowl from Mother.
One of the best treasures I have is a picture my cousin Vicki sent me several years ago. It is our four generations together. From left to right: Mother, me, Ma Jessie and Granny. I wouldn't take a million dollars for it!
I think Granny was a fascinating woman although she would never have thought so. Her real father was killed when she was an infant, married at the age of 12, bore 15 children...two would die in childhood, was widowed with young children at home and lived long enough to bury several of her adult children. I believe she would tell us she had a good life, a simple life and that she loved her Lord and her family...and we loved her. She taught me the gift of love...and how to do Show and Tell!