Sunday, July 27, 2014

Answer Me This: Car talk and Grandmother memories

1. What’s your favorite thing on YouTube?
Nothing comes to mind. Just happy it's there to find when I need to.

2. Who taught you to drive?
My older sister Teresa. We had manual transmissions and she taught me on her 1980 something Toyota Corola. Austin is hilly and it was scary learning the -let the clutch out - off the brake -on the gas at the same time, let me tell you. I never bumped back into the guy behind me, but I probably came close. Teresa was vey patient with me for the most part.

The first car I had to drive was an old 1966 Bonneville wagon. Automatic transmission, hit the gas and that baby would go.

Starting college my parents retired the station wagon, and they bought a shiney new 1983 Toyota Starlet for me to zip around in.

3. What’s your favorite thing to cook?
Breakfast. All and any breakfast foods, but I get the most compliments on my biscuits. I love baking, from scratch only around here.

4. Are you a hugger or a non-hugger? Why?
I like hugs. I try not to force hugs on non huggers.

5. Where do you pray best?
At night before bed, I get peace praying rosary as the last thing I do in my day.

6. When is the last time you saw/spoke to your grandparents?
The only grandparent I knew was my maternal grandmother and she passed away in 1997.
My father's mom died of breast cancer a couple of years before I was born.

Granny lived in Tennessee. We had moved to Texas when I was in grade school so we only could see her on occasional family vacations. She wasn't much of a traveler and didn't drive. She did come visit us once. 

Once married, Craig moved us outside Birmingham in '96, so we were practically neighbors. I spend a lot of time in Tennessee while we lived in Alabama. 

Max was an adorable four year old who hit it off well with my cousin who was getting married. He was ring bearer in her wedding in May 97. My grandmother was there looking beautiful and full of energy. My family from Texas came in and we stayed in a house up in the Assembly Grounds together. It was a very special week in a very special place. Wonderful memories.

I visited much during that summer since my husband was in Texas working while we tried to sell our Alabama home.  I had a great break while my house was on the market. My grandmother's town is an active train town, and Max loved trains. She lived down the street from the depot.

My grandmother lived in a vey old home, (originally built by a train conductor). Part of it a historic section over a hundred years old. She loved living on her own, in her own home, taking care of her family. One son still lived with her and others were nearby, stopping by all hours of the day. She helped take care of her grandchildren. She was very active and healthy through her life. She did have heart condition, and had had surgeries in previous years. But she was spry and energetic and would keep up with the kids.

That Sepember, we were in Texas for my dad's birthday party when my mom got the call that her mom was in the hospital and it didn't look good. Granny had passed away by the next morning. We all rushed to Tennessee to be with family and be there for her funeral. 

Back to the question...I had mailed her a card with pics of the kids before I left for Texas and she had received it the day she before she died. The pics were stuck in the frame of her dresser mirror when I went in for the funeral preparations. It made me feel a sense of peace that she received my card, my greetings and love that day, especially since her death came suddenly. 

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  1. I just wrote a comment and seem to have lost it (?). This time I'll be more concise :). I LOVE the 1966 Bonneville. The first car I learned to drive was a '66 Rambler Classic! And I really liked reading about your grandmother. I'm glad to have found your blog!

    1. Thanks Nancy! I'm glad you stopped by.