Grandma Said - My Grandmother's Life of Love and Laughter

Grandma

It was unimaginable. Grandma passed. She was our forever; powerful and magnetic. Full of wisdom; her words gave you pause, or simply made you roll with laughter. My Grandmother was born in 1904 and lived to 101. Not only was she a wise, loving and caring woman, but she baked the best darn rolls in the world! Now, mind you, I haven't been around the world, but I dare say that they were the best! If you loved your Grandma (speaking of those passed) as I did mine, you will believe and wholeheartedly so, that your Grandma was the best too!


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There was always a hearty meal, even though at times the cupboards looked bare. My Grandmother, reminds me of a story called "Stone Soup". This is an old folk story, about hungry travelers who had nothing more than a pot. Villagers of the town wouldn't share their food with them, so they hatched a brilliant plan. They added water to the pot, brought it to a boil and added a stone. This struck curiosity amongst the villagers who began to inquire about the soup. The travelers said they were making stone soup, which was a magnificent soup, that would be better if there was more garnish. The villagers pretty soon, and one by one added vegetables and seasonings until the pot was brimming and bursting with flavor. Not only was the soup tasty, but it was hearty, and enjoyed by the travelers and villagers alike.

My Grandmother, a woman who was always able to make a way out of no way, would be the traveler in this story. She was a woman who embraced everyone and everything. I assure you that as the traveler, she would have found a way to not only make the pot of soup, but bake rolls, a cake and stew a chicken! She was every-body's Momma, and Grandma. She was a woman so revered; her qualities exuded nothing but love.

My Grandmother canned fruits and vegetables, baked cakes, pies, rolls and made jam. There was always warmth, even though the furnace did not always work right. She made quilts; Grandma would lay one of her heavy quilts on you, and not only would you sink two whole inches into the mattress, but within five minutes...guaranteed...you were sweating bullets! That's the truth...well, that's my truth!

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My Grandmother had a way with words. Some of the things she said didn't make sense to me until I became an adult. She'd leave you to ponder the meaning. It was a lesson that I did not recognize as such at the time. She didn't explain herself, she had her say, and it was left to you to understand. This did not always fare well with me, because my conclusion would sometimes leave me to think something far fetched. When I look back on my times with her, I can only laugh at myself, for my humor was as wicked then as it is now.

These are some of the things that my Grandma said. I've included explanations for some, and some ...well, I just didn't.

"My name is Wes and I ain't in that mess!" - This was one of the most popular, especially if something that occurred which was nothing more than nonsense.

"Every frog praises his own pond." - This would be attributed to someone, anyone who was self-righteous, a braggart, and thought of themselves better than the next.

"A cheater never tithes." - Now, when I was a kid, I thought she said, "A cheater never thighs!". I wondered, "Thighs, what in the world...is she gonna stew a chicken or sumth'n?!" I realized much, much later in my life what she said and meant. If you are church goin' folk, and you tithe to the church, but cheat outside the church, then you've simply canceled out your tithe. Uhmhmmm....yup!

"Don't upset your momma, or I'll go through you like cod liver oil!" - She said this to my son one day when he was being mischievous. Hahahaaaaa.....

"You've got to watch the signs of life. Everything obeys God, but the people." - I asked, "Well, what do you know what you're watch'n for?". She simply said, "Look harder!". Nuff said!

"People are the only ones of God's creations who don't obey his word." - Ya'll better get this one!

"That fool boy try'n to be slick, but he gotta be slicker than that to out slick me!" - I think my Grandmother was 90 years old when she said this about one of my younger cousins who tried to, of all things get one over on her. Shame on him.

"You reap what you sow. You reap a good seed, you'll sow a good seed!" - No explanation needed!

"I'm get'n too old to shift them gears!" - In a way...I really didn't want to know what this meant...period!!

"If you sow it in the dark, you'll reap it in the light." - This is similar to the saying, "What goes in the wash, comes out in the rinse. If you're familiar with that saying, then you know what's meant here. Watch it now!

Huggie (that's one of my brothers) "..Huggie is so funny that if you were dying, he'd make you laugh so hard that you'd say, 'Hold on Lord, let me get this laugh out, and then I'll be ready to go!'"

"I don't understand why ya'll women make so much fuss when you're hav'n a baby. Holler'n don't take out the pain, that just makes it worse!" She asked me if I hollered. I told her I hollered, screamed, cussed and fussed....and I'm still holler'n scream'n, cuss'n and fuss'n!!

One of my nieces was a crrrry-baby...whew! My Grandmother said, "Well...the more they cry, the less they pee...so, let her cry!!!" I don't think my nieces diaper needed changing that night!

"It costs so much money to have a baby now. I had my babies at home. Rob's (her late husband) cousin was my midwife...I paid her all right...I paid her no attention!!"

While in recovery from hip surgery at the age of 97 My Grandma said, "I've had so many needles, that I think I'll take a set home to sew with!"

"Everyone who says As-Salaam-Alaikum ain't a Muslim, and everyone who says Amen ain't a Christian!" - No explanation needed...and uhm...amen!

"Don't nobody know who shot JR. (from the show Dallas), but if I had my rifle, it might've been me!!"

My Grandma and I were talking about ironing, and she said, "Chile', my iron don't even no I'm home!"

"What's your name?" - This was the last thing my Grandmother said to me before she passed. At first it was unsettling. I thought, how could she forget my name? But quickly rationalized that forgetting a name is nothing compared to dying!

My Grandmother protected, nourished, guided and was the Matriarch of all Matriarch's. Her love was unconditional and her reckoning was unforgettable. The challenges that my Grandmother faced in her lifetime, helped to shape and mold her into the dynamic woman that she was. She is missed terribly, but the memories are forever, just as the love is eternal!

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jo miller 5 years ago from Tennessee

A wonderful tribute to your grandmother. I hope I can create good memories for my grandchildren.


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Ashantina 5 years ago

Wisdom never dies.. your grandma was a wonderful woman.. and one day I'm sure your grandchildren will also benefit from your knowledge!


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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

@jo miller - I'm glad that you enjoyed the hub. I read your bio, and one of the first things you mentioned was being a mother AND Grandmother. To include mention of your grandaughters in your bio is suggestive that you are creating good memories for them.

@Ashantina - That wisdom was handed down and is flowing thick through my veins. While I'm like my Grandmother is many ways, I'm not quite sure what type of Grandmother I'll be. Right now, since I have my freedom back (son is grown) I'm thinking I'll be the "you betta' take these kids with ya'!" kind of Grandmother. BUT, I'll drop some knowledge on them before they go!


KwaDaddy 5 years ago

"The more they cry,the less they pee" too funny !!

loved it.


Lyntillus 5 years ago

Hello Cuz,

This was an awesome tribute to our Grandmother. My son cried big tears once we heard the news of her passing. He was only 7 years old at the time, but I had always talked about her to him. Looks like it's time to share yet another story. Thank you sooooooo much.


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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

@KwaDaddy, I don't think my nieces diaper needed changing that night! Thanks as always for your support!!

@Lyntillus, Grandma touched so many people, even those like our younger generation who barely knew her. They knew from the stories told, that she was indeed remarakble! Thanks for checking out the article and leaving a comment. That means a lot!


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Rosie2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Hiya imatellmuva, what a great tribute to your grandmother! She was indeed full of wisdom. I couldn't help but giggle at some of her sayings.. specially the one about JR. You are one heck of a writer gf. I truly enjoyed reading about your grandma.

Have a nice day,

Rosie


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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

Thanks Rosie, I honestly believe that if my Grandma did have her rifle (she had one when she lived in the south) that she WOULD have been the one who shot JR!


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Pixienot 5 years ago from Clarksville, Indiana

How blessed you were and are! Great article.


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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

Thanks Pixienot! I adored and admired my Grandmother more than I could ever fully express!


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RedBone91 5 years ago from Baltimore,MD

This is a very heartfelt and warm tribute. I was very moved by the way you lovingly described your grandmother. I felt invited into the memory of her and I felt its good vibrations and tenderness. Well done!


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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

RedBone91...what a wonderful compliment...I am truly, truly touched! Thank you little sister!!

I checked your bio, and see that we hail from the same city B-MORE is in da' house!!!


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

Have I not noticed that we are practically neighbors? I am a Baltimoron my own self. Must make hubs about beautiful, historic Baltimore. Anyway, this was one lovely tribute to your grandmother. I am going to remember the remark 'I'm getting too old to shift them gears!' next time one of my kids makes a remark about my old fashioned ways. I love it!


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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

Dolores...you simply amaze me! You have so many followers, write so many hubs, yet you always find the time and a way to venture to my little hub life!

Yes indeed there is a lot of history here! I am considering a hub on Frederick Douglass and his life here in Baltimore on Amity Street.

Just today I was going through more of my Grandmother's things and came across the clamps she used to hold her quilts into place. I don't have the boards (I wish that I did), but am trying to think of a way to display them, they're at least 80 years old.


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

Well us Baltimoreans have to stick together! You should totally do that hub on Frederick Douglass! You could take some pictures too. I think our own pix are so much better than what we can find on wiki or whatever.

And your grandmother's stuff - that is rich! It's history in your hands! Once you start on HP, the ideas just keep coming!


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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

Isn't that ironic? Both of us from Maryland...Baltimore! Perhaps that's why I felt so connected to you...I think that would have happened anyway!


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

Sharon - you are so sweet. It's funny how, on here, on this machine, we so often connect with people of similar interests, similar approaches to life. It's nice! A friend of mine was just saying that life on the internet is dehumanizing but quite often I find it's the opposite.


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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

Thank you Dolores...and I concur! You have been one of the most interesting and dynamic people I've met here in cyberspace. Before HubPages I had a small circle of friends, most of which are family. Since HubPages I've met you, truly admire you, and appreciate you more each time that we communicate.


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Lene Lynn 5 years ago from Glendale, AZ

ok, girl, I am bawling my eyes out right now! What an amazing lady! It's almost like I know her now! She sounds SO much like my Gramma, whom I miss with all my heart! Your Gramma sounds like the person from whom you got all your awesomeness! How blessed you are! :) Thanks so much for sharing the story!


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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

Isn't that amazing Lene...sumth'n else to bond us stronger than before...you ARE my SISTER!! I am trying to continue my Grandmother's Legacy....NO I AIN'T BIRTH'N NO BABIES...I've pretty much become the Matriach, even though my Mother is living and one of her sisters.

I've been a little busy lately doing things to hold the family together as a unit. I've also been tracing my family heritage, I'm up to the 1880 census, and found my Grandmother's Grandparents. I must say this has been challenging and fulfilling at the same time.

Thank you Lene for being an inspiration to me. I am even more thankful that our paths have crossed.


Lene Lynn 5 years ago

Glad to hear you are feeling better, from what I can tell! I think the geneology you are doing is great! My bf is big-time into geneology as well and I think he has my family traced back to the 1600's or 1700's! He is from England, so I have learned alot about him as well. And of COURSE you ain't birthin' no babies! hehehe! Silly woman! I am honored that I inspire you and I am, too, very grateful our paths have crossed!


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evvy_09 5 years ago from Athens, AL

This is simply wonderful. I remember my grandmother and aunt always were such big inspirations to me. My grandmother had my husband calling her Grandmother at the end of the day and always made sure that everyone was fed at least twice a visit.

I'm glad you remember yours so fondly too. Thanks for this hub.


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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

Oh evvy_09 your comment truly made my day! Aren't Grandma's wonderful?! The ones who have a knack to make you feel loved, infect your spirit, and make you feel grateful that this woman is YOUR Grandma! Thank you for your comment! I'm so glad that you enjoyed the article.


The Last Born Child 5 years ago

This hub was a bright spot amid a period of darkness. Thank you for sharing and bringing back so many wonderful memories!


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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

Thank you for your comment Last Born. Thoughts of Grandma evoke so many wonderful and great memories! I'm truly glad that you enjoyed the article.


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4wardthinker 5 years ago from Sierra Nevada CA

I used to read the book Stone Soup (a favorite) to my boys when they were little. When they got older and they would say, "There's nothing to eat", I would just reply,"Hey,let's make stone soup"!


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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

Stone Soup was one of my childhood favorites. My son used to say to me, "How come when I go in the kitchen, there's nothing to eat, and when you go in the kitchen, you find a meal!" Funneee...I think the moral is to be creative and inventive. Thanks for your comment...it's truly appreciated!


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gr82bme 5 years ago from USA

Very nice and fun hub. I also can all my veggies it is a lot of work but worth it.

My Grandmom made the best french fries!


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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

gre82bme I never did canning, and thoughtI should give it a try...then again, I don't even like to snap green beans! I will say, that since my Grandma canned, it not only helped during lean times, but boy-oh-boy it was good!!!

...and I bet your Grandma used fresh potatos for those french fries...right? I might have to contact you about canning, if ever I just want to try it.


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

So wonderful your grandmother...and your writing.

Ah, what lovely memories you have brought back of my amazing elders. We honored them and respected them. We didn't always get it - well, that's because we didn't have the years of wisdom they had. But we heard them - and later in life that is what makes all the difference. It sustains us, doesn't it?

And letting a child cry because that is less diapers - real genius.

Our elders knew about the 6th sense and they used it. It is often dismissed as women's intuition but the rest of the world uses it and calls it intelligence and common sense. We don't need it any longer because we are just consumers and the 5 senses allow us to be just stupid enough to buy and believe what we are told.

Love your clever name by the way.

Thanks for a lovely tribute. Rated up and I'll follow too. Yay!


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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

BkCreative, I think of everyday as a good day, and sometimes a day with minor inconveniences. Your comment has certainly propelled my day into one of extraordinaire!!!

Thank You, Thank You! I was the self-proclaimed favorite grandchild, and made no bones about saying so! Your comment shows that you carried a fondness and love as deep as I. That your memories not only sustain you, but LIFT you. AND yes, as you said, "...and later in life that is what makes all the difference. It sustains us, doesn't it?". It happens later in life, cause' you need about 20 years to figure it out...I know I did!!!

I use the 6th sense, because my Grandmother said, "Watch for the signs." AND chile' I am watch'n!!

Again thank you for such a wonderful comment!!!!!


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DIYweddingplanner 5 years ago from South Carolina, USA

Oh, Ima, I love this so much! My granny passed away when she was 99. She had a beautiful soul like your grandmother. My favorite Granny quote is "God don't love ugly." :) Voted up and awesome!


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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

DWP...or should it be DIY? Perhaps it presumptuous of me to use intitials in the first place...I didn't ask.

It's good to see you here in my little hub world. Your visit here, and your replies to my forum post, truly brightened my day. Our Grandma's had longevity...they wasn't goin' no where for a long time! Like you, I adored my Grandmother. I never heard "God don't love ugly." I bet that was her very own quote, and it is as unique and special as you've described her..."a beautiful soul."


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justateacher 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

Loved this...I could have been reading about my own grandmother! She had some good sayings too...the one that keeps coming to mind lately is "That's about as worthless as teats on a boar hog!" and many more. She also was born in 1904 and died at 99. (She swore she was going to live to be 100 and swore that she had turned 100 on her last birthday..one morning she lifted her hands towards heaven and said "Lord, I'm ready!" and she died...)

Stone Soup was popular in my husbands family...they really even had a stone to flavor their soup...there is a song by Dr. Hook called "That Wonderful Soup Stone." Great song...

Great hub...thanks for the memories...


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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

Hey there justateacher, Your Grandma like mine had those sayings, didn't they? That's funny, sounds like you paid attention, just like I did.

I was quite fortunate to have had such a remarkable woman as my Grandmother. Admittedly, before she died, I thought that I wouldn't be able to live without her. I also thought at her funeral, I'd jump in her grave, and yell for someone to take care of my son.

But it was different. While I was saddened by her passing, I had so much time with her, and so many fond memories that they sustained me, and continue to do so.

That is so funny about your Grandma changing her age to the age she decided she would live to. My Grandmother did the same thing, and decided that she would live to 105. On her last birthday she decided that she WAS...had everybody count'n on their fingers and toes!!!!

Stone soup was my absolute favorite story. I decided to refer back to the story to check if I had it right...I didn't forget a thing! Thank you for your comment...made my day!!!


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justateacher 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

I think our grandmothers would have been good friends!


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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

I thought the same justateacher. I bet our grandmothers are friends now!

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