Aunt Wilma’s Dill Pickles

| 9/4/2013 5:11:00 PM


I remember my Aunt Wilma as a very vibrant and happy person. She always seemed to be laughing when I saw her. I thought she was so pretty, and I still do. She is in her 90’s now, but she still has the same sort of sideways smile and laughs so easily. She made the decision a couple of years ago to move into an assisted living apartment because she was “beginning to forget things.”

I was looking through all the old photos and pictures of the signs from the war effort from GRIT and Capper’s Farmer on Facebook, and it reminded me of all the historic things this woman has seen in her lifetime. And even though she thinks she is “forgetting too many things,” there are so many things she still remembers.

Aunt Wilma

My Aunt Wilma many years ago.

My husband and one of my cousins were visiting with her one day and talking about things that had happened when she was raising her children. Little things, that at the time were probably very big deals, all seemed so funny now. We talked about raising children and gardens, and about canning and cooking, and all the work that girls do not need to know about now and all of a sudden she says, “I made ketchup once, and by golly, I’m not going to do that again!” It made me wonder how much more work there would be making catsup than baking bread. Or maybe, the difference between making a quilt, or just sewing a dress together. The only one of these three activities I have not accomplished is the catsup part, so I do know there is some work in putting a quilt together and baking bread.

9/5/2013 3:39:38 PM

D.J., the older generation have indeed lived through several difficult times. My mother-in-law, who's 86, has lived through the great depression, world war 2, and many other hard times. There were very few if any government programs to help those in need back then. When she was a child, her step father had a contract with Campbell's soup to raise tomatoes. She and her siblings help raise 10 acres of tomatoes which were all planted, hoed, and picked by hand. I just have 10 plants and get weary taking care of them. If I had to depend on my gardening skills to survive, I'm afraid I'd be pretty hungry. Have a great Aunt Wilma's Dill Pickle day.

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