Memories of My Grandpa

My Grandfather and Grandmother Reuben and Maybelle Ballard

The earliest photo I have of my Grandpa Ballard. Taken at the "Meeting House" Mount Olivet Baptist Church when he was about 10 to 12 years of age. Born in 1893 and a time when most rural mountain churches had services only once per month.
The earliest photo I have of my Grandpa Ballard. Taken at the "Meeting House" Mount Olivet Baptist Church when he was about 10 to 12 years of age. Born in 1893 and a time when most rural mountain churches had services only once per month.

Remembering my Grandpa

The old song Time has Made a Change is a precious old song. I include it at the beginning for those who may have never heard this old song that I heard as a youngster but the song and its message ring so true. On many occasions when company or family would visit my grandparents and the question was asked, "How ya doin?" My grandpa always answered, "Bout like common." What he meant was they were doing as well as could be expected and never grumbled or complained.

TIME HAS MADE A CHANGE IN ME
Harkins Freye
1. Time has made a change since my childhood days;
Many of my friends have gone away,
Some I never more in this life will see
Time has made a change in me.

Chorus:Time has made a change in the old home place;
Time has made a change in each smiling face,
And I know my friends can plainly see
Time has made a change in me.

2. In my childhood days, I was well and strong
I could climb the hillside all day long,
I am not today what I used to be
Time has made a change in me.

3. When I reach my home in that land somewhere,
With my friends who wait to meet me over there,
Free from pain and care I'll forever be,
Time has made a change in me.

For whatever reasons when I thought about this old song today, I was reminded how quickly time passes. It seems like only yesterday I sat at my Grandpa's feet and listened to him talking to my Grandma. Grandpa's hearing had long been diminished but he still talked in a soft voice as he sat beside the old wood heater smoking those Prince Albert cigarettes or chewing Brown and Williamson chewing tobacco occasionally spitting in a coffee can which he had sitting on the heater pad. Sometime's he would miss and Grandma would scold him for his vices.

I guess when we all were children, everyone seemed old and my Grandpa always seemed to be old. I guess the reason was he was old. Gray hair and shoulders stooped from years of hard work on the farm, he now enjoyed a simpler life. Still his blue eyes sparkled as he sometimes told of his boyhood exploits of squirrel hunting and was so proud of his new 30/30 Winchester deer rifle. Whether true or not, I did hear he was a sharp shooter and in his younger days, he could strike a match with a 22 at 50 steps.

Grandpa introduced me to fishing. A small pond was near his farm and one morning he took me and my uncle who was just a year older than me. He cut me a fishing pole from a sapling along the way and when we arrived at the pond, he put fishing line of the end of the crude fishing cane, a hook, and a plastic bobber. He showed me where to drop the fishing line into the pond and it wasn't long before I had caught my first bream. The excitement of that first fish has lived in my heart for over 50 years now.

Grandpa when he was able always walked to church. It was almost two miles to the church. He always wore his brown brimmed hat and a coat. I never remember him singing or praying in public but he was faithful in his attendance and it seemed obvious his faith was genuine.

I am now a grandpa. My grandsons are small now, only 5 years and 3 years old. I try to spend as much time with them as possible. Hopefully I am making memories with them that will last for a lifetime. Whether it is riding bikes, or playing in Rock Creek or digging in the sandbox with all their nice little toys, they are having a blast. The memories of grandpa are precious. For a certainty time has made a change but the basics of the life cycle do not. I hope my grandsons will grow into healthy well adjust men, having fun along the journey of life, and the memories will be ones they will cherish.


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Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Dear Fiddleman,

Oh this was the sweetest hub! It brought back my own memories of my grandparents. How time passes away and look here we are as grandparents. The most precious gifts laid at our feet...Thank you for the lovely song with words that go straight to the heart.

Sunnie


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I so enjoyed reading your hub and I have to admit it was touching to the point of tears. I remember a neighbor who lived behind our home when I was a child and we considered him our adopted grandpa. His life was identical to your grandfather's. Now, I miss him dearly. It is so sweet to see that you are following in his footsteps with your grandchildren. The song touched my heart! Thanks for the Saturdy afternoon visit. Voted up!


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Fiddleman 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina Author

Thank you Sunnie. Sure is great to be a grandpa and be able to enjoy those boys though sometimes their energy is overwhelming.


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Fiddleman 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina Author

Thank you teaches12345. I enjoy lovin on them boys.


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

Smiley read. Peter Lumetta's hub is on the same theme today...It's hard to get old and be"comfortable in your skin," as is the current saying. I haven't accepted all that becoming 70 takes yet, but I guess Mother Nature will show me.

Bob


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

Smiley read. Peter Lumetta's hub is on the same theme today...It's hard to get old and be"comfortable in your skin," as is the current saying. I haven't accepted all that becoming 70 takes yet, but I guess Mother Nature will show me.

Bob


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

A tear crept out of my eye when I read this beautiful piece.


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Fiddleman 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina Author

Thank you breakfastpop.


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Lady Guinevere 4 years ago from West Virginia

Beautiful. I liked the story.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona

Memories of one's grandpa really are precious and it was so nice to read some of your memories of times with your grandfather. I have special memories of my grandmothers and I've written about some of those like you have -- and also on Blurb.com so that I could turn it into a book for my grandchildren. It's inexpensive and a nice change once in awhile from their regular bedtime stories.

Voting up.


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Fiddleman 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina Author

That great Pamela, I also have compile many of my stories and recently published a family genealogy book for my kids and grandchildren on create space. They now have a book with their family roots and some of the memories I wrote. I also added it to my Amazon Kindle page where all my books are listed.


Rachel Ward Opperman 2 months ago

Just as I remember my next door neighbor, your Grandfather and grandmother!


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Fiddleman 2 months ago from Zirconia, North Carolina Author

Thank you Rachael. Great memories of your family also.

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