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Laundry Day

I walk my dog Jake several times a day. During one of our many walks, we passed our neighbor's house. I couldn't help but to notice bed sheets hanging out on the line. That brought back memories of my childhood.Grandma Roe's clothesline and my mother's clothesline were pretty much alike. They ...

Gramma’s Homemade Foot Butter

I come from a long line of women plagued with the worst dry feet on the planet. My mother, grandmother and I have the type of feet that get severely cracked and sore. This happens every summer. I guess it doesn't help that all three of us have a predilection for going around barefoot in the ...

Memories Of Canning

I don't know how my grandmother did it. Every summer as a child, part of my summer vacation was the same. It would be spent in her kitchen, while she stood over a hot stove for days on end canning fruits and vegetables.This was back in the early 1980s up through the early 1990s, back before my ...

Arduous Journey Brings Grandmother to Land of Opportunity

A letter from my grandmother details her arduous journey from Germany to the United States, the land of opportunity.Well, Gloria, you want me to tell you something about my trip over the ocean heading for the land of opportunity. Well, there is not much to tell, you know I was only 13, and ...

Great-Grandmother Sought Refuge for Family in Land of Opportunity

America – the Land of Opportunity and refuge. "Things will be better if we can only get to America," seems to have been the cry in the 1880s and before. After my great-grandfather in Germany became ill and died, my great-grandmother, who spoke no English, packed up her mother, her three boys ...

Land of Opportunity: Grandmother Boarded Several Trains to Reach Destination

My grandmother was only 16 when she and two young men left Norway in 1893 and sailed to America, the land of opportunity. Their boat landed in New York, where they boarded a train to Ames, Iowa. The uncomfortable benches made the trip seem endless as they rode for several days to reach Iowa. ...

The Civil War: Soldiers With Confederate Army Set to Stealing Food and More

My grandmother often told the following story to her children and grandchildren about an incident during the Civil War. “Papa went to Camden, Arkansas, to declare his allegiance to the Confederacy and enlist. They didn't take him into the army, because he was too old and also had weak wrists. ...

During the Civil War, Grandmother Hide Money in Her Hair

How Grandmother hid money from the bushwhackers is our favorite Civil War story. She was the second wife of Grandfather and much younger. He did not fight in the war, but had several brothers fighting for the South. He had turned against slavery when he was a boy on his father's plantation in ...

Grandmother’s Brother Drafted by Confederates During the Civil War

My grandmother had four brothers in the Civil War. My great-grandfather and his sons thought the differences between the North and South should be settled by mediation rather than war. When George became 18 years of age, he and his horse were drafted by the Confederates. It wasn't long before ...

Grandmother’s First Husband Conscripted into Union Army

My grandmother was married twice, first to Benjamin Nodine. When the Civil War broke out, Union Army officers came and conscripted him right out of the field to fight for our country. Grandmother said, "He never came to the house but waved his goodbye from the field." Weeks went by, and one day ...

Crocheting Brings Pleasure and Pride

When I was about 20 years old, I met my soon-to-be fiancée’s grandparents.As I sat in their house and sipped iced tea, making small talk with his grandmother on a Sunday afternoon, the bright summer sun streamed through the slatted blinds and inspired confidence in both of us. Soon we began ...

Fiction: Video Grandma

“Oh, Grandma, you can’t play. You’re just no good at it.” Michael’s words had stung when he’d said them, and they still stung, echoing in Martha Goodman’s head as she drove back to her house after taking her grandson home. She had hoped the visit would help the two of them grow ...

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