Friday, November 21, 2008

Daisy a day..

Grandma's birthday was a couple of days ago.
She would have been 108 years old.
She's been gone for 40 years now,.still,it's one of those dates you accumulate over time,and pause to reflect on by way of remembrance.

I tell people that I had 'fairy tale' grandparents.
You know,the type that spend their entire lives together,good times and bad,working hard to raise their children,and showering love on the grand babies.

They had a routine down the would always make us kids giggle with delight.
Grandpa would pretend to commit some act of mischief...Sneaking food from the stove top,or straining his neck to get a peek at her cards while playing gin rummy,..anything to provoke her response.

'PA!..I'm gonna jerk a knot in your tailbone!'

She was all of five-foot nothin',and he was well over six feet,but he'd make a great show of cringing at the prospect of suffering her wrath.
We loved it!

Grandma died at the age of 68,after a long battle with Diabetes,and Grandpa followed less than a year later.

No doubt,there were times when they must have argued in earnest,but all we grand kids ever saw was how very much they cared for each other.

This song has always reminded me of them.

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At 6:06 PM , Blogger Lorraine said...

Oh, dang, that's just sweeter'n peach cobbler! I love your stories.

Pass the jug.

At 6:34 PM , Blogger yellowdog granny said...

i swear on the goddess(i am sending you a attatchment in an email to prove it)
i have this jed strunk album just because i love that fucking song...a daisy a day...breaks my heart every time i hear it..i think you were my kid in another life..or will be in my next.

At 7:43 PM , Blogger austexgrl said...

Sling, Mi vida; Granny sounds so wonderfu..there is something to be said for Grandmothers who step in and say, "I love you"..."
Granny's are God's gift to forlorn children!

At 9:35 PM , Blogger jan said...

When I read tributes like this I feel like such a crappy grandmother. "Grandma taught us to play poker and took our birthday money" and things like that will be in their memory banks.

At 10:17 PM , Blogger sageweb said...

Oh sling what great memories. I have the best memories of my Gramma too..she is still alive and kickin causing trouble...I love calling up my family and hearing what gramma has done. Life time of memories.

At 1:18 AM , Blogger Middle Child said...

Sling... yo have done it again...I'mm balin my eyes out ..I love this song, have always loved this song. Such a lovely story about your Grandparents.... you know, for the next generation you can write down little stories like this...deep down kids really want to know the stories even though some pretend they don't.

They're still with you and holding you safe...thats what parents and grandparents do.

At 1:20 AM , Blogger Middle Child said...

And sling I have got to learn to type...what i meant was "you have done it again...I'mm balling my eyes out"...I just forget to check how bad my typos are before posting

At 7:56 AM , Blogger Willym said...

damn I love when you share things like this - says so much about you as well as them.

Makes me wish they were my grandparents - my mother's father died before I was born and I only saw her mother when I was 2 on a visit back to Ireland. My dad's mother was okay but his father is best left burning in hell where he belongs. Sorry that wasn't very nice was it?

Let's just say you make me wish they had been my grandparents.

At 12:34 PM , Blogger billy pilgrim said...

my parents have been married for 64 years and they've argued for 60 of those years but are totally co-dependent.

At 1:01 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Rainey- You don't think I added too much sugar do ya?

Yellerdawg- Now how did I know that my dear frind in Texas would have that tune in her library?..It's a cosmic connection!

austexgrl- Hay,que bonita,my grandma was nothin' but love.

Jan- I kid you not,My grandma was a ferocious poker player..penny ante..I learned to play poker before I could ride a bike. :)

Sage- You are so lucky to have your gramma around,still raisin' hell!

middle child- It's said that poeple live,as long as there is someone to remember them..I believe that.

Willym- I was 17 or so before I heard some one say they didn't like their grandparents..The concept had never even occured to me before that!..
Of course I number my own as one of my blessings.

Billy P.- Ain't love grand!!

At 2:25 PM , Blogger Miss Healthypants said...

Touching post!--and beautiful song. *smiles*

At 7:06 AM , Blogger LostInColor said...

wonderful memories sling! Lovely post and song.

At 8:01 AM , Blogger Random Thinker said...

Never heard the song before. It's nice. Your story reminds me how my Dad used to sneak up on my Mom while she was doing dishes, grab her and kiss her neck. She'd giggle like a school girl, which was very un-Mom like.

At 11:35 AM , Blogger Mom said...

I love this song. Many memories
You were surely blessed to have wonderful grandparents.

At 1:15 PM , Blogger Doralong said...

That was truly so very sweet. Grandparents are the icing on the cake of childhood- I know mine sure were!

At 7:05 PM , Blogger citizen of the world said...

Aw, sweet memory.

At 6:28 PM , Blogger Citymouse said...

Grandparents are one of life's most wonderful gifts... wonderful post.


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