My Grandma's Oil Lamp - a Poem about Memories

My Grandma's old oil lamp
My Grandma's old oil lamp | Source

Remembering Grandma: My Grandma' Oil Lamp

I don’t remember the oil lamp whose flame now dances through painted figures supported by an antique pink base that was my grandma’s.

I’m sure the lamp was there for the things I do remember . . . Like late night stories in a four poster bed with four kids cuddling and hanging on every scary word.

And popcorn balls and chocolate gravy and waving the school bus on by the next day. Washing windows on a ladder, sipping lemonade, then picking strawberries in your field

Walking to the general store, putting peanuts in my coke, and going back to sit on the tall porch with the metal chairs where we would sit and be silly and I would think that you’re cool.

Loving the white picket fence and the big bell standing out in the middle of the yard and walking with you across the dirt road to the old fashioned post office to check on the mail.

The cold cellar with canned pickles and tomatoes and green beans—and the stuffed freezer like mine is now. I remember the hallway lined with photos . . . family pics—I do that now, too.

My Grandma Trudy
My Grandma Trudy | Source

I remember the lamp with the scene that circled with a light behind. What happened to that? I remember the quilts and the garden and the floppy, straw hat that you wore. And that now is hanging on my wall.

I remember visits from college and your saying that I should come spend the night and we'd go to town, run around and have a good time. You were cool. And we never did that.

I remember so much and am left with the beautiful oil lamp that I don’t remember from your house. But every day the dancing light reminds me, and I remember all that's important. The times with you.



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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Awwww....this may be my favorite by you. Yep, now that I reflect, this is definitely my favorite by you. Well done...great memories that will never go away...and that's as it should be.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Oh, thanks, Bill! That means a lot. This one is special to me, too. Those memories seem like a whole other world, but they are still there. Thanks.


AEvans 4 years ago

Oh Vickie, What beautiful warm memories of your grandmother. Thank you for sharing a little bit of her with us. I never did like peanuts in my coke; but my best friend did. Thumbs up and sharing. :)


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Your poem is so wonderful.

Voted up awesome and beautiful,Joyce


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Vee...this is so warm and sensitive....a lovely and touching memoir of your Gram......too sweet. UP++


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Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

Lovely tribute to your Gran.


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Anju Arya 4 years ago from India

How sweet becomes these old memories. These have been attached with our consciousness and blink every time in our mind. Beautiful poetry. Thanks.


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epigramman 4 years ago

I love your style of poetry writing here Victoria - because it essentially tells a story in narrative form and of course it reads like a labor of love - remember when I said in one of Augustine's hubs something about about pretty, hot and talented girls - well I meant you - lol - and that's the doggone truth -sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time 10:22pm


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, AE! Ya know, I haven't done that peanuts in my coke thing since I was a kid in an old country town. Interesting. Thanks for everything!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks Joyce!!!!


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skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Victoria Absolutely beautiful and touching. Your grandma would so love this glorious tribute to her. I really enjoyed the read. You are a very gifted writer. Keep going girl. I have joined your list of fans and honored to do so. I will return sister. Big vote up victoria!


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arb 4 years ago from oregon

"Memories are the only paradise from which we can not be expelled" Without them, the cold is colder and it is never warm. A tender tribute to your grandmother and the gift she leaves, embers from yesterday still warm today.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks Effer! Sometimes I get to be sweet. My Gram was cool. It's been about 14 years, and I still miss her. Would love to see her again.


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Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

Great poem and memories of your grandmother, voted up for sure. I still love oil lamps burning in the winter time to remind me of my grandparents. Thanks for another great hub.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Lizam1. :-)


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glmclendon 4 years ago

Good HUB, The memories brought my memories back of another day. You brought a happy sadness to be and refreshed my thoughts.

Stay Well


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Anju. "blink every time in our mind"--what a nice phrase! I love it!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Epi! I love your compliments--about the poetry as well as about me! Glad you like my style. It means a lot. Thanks for the warm wishes and good energy, too.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

vee....I'll be your pretend Grandma if you want!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, skye2day. I'm glad you enjoy this, and thank for the compliment. I love what you said!!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Wow, arb, your comment is a poem in itself. That was beautifully said!!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Me, too, Ruby. I'll be using my grandmother's oil lamp all winter long. Thanks.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

glmclendon--I'm glad I brought you a "happy sadness." That's sweet. Thank you.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Effer, you are welcome to be my grandma! But you are way too young. Can you die your hair gray and walk like you're in your 90's??


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mandypoole 4 years ago from UK

Beautiful poem, very nostalgic and lovely


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

You really brought back some nice memories for me as well in your writing. I hadn't thought about popcorn balls in a long time... I vote up.


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

This is so beautiful and such a tribute to your grandmother. I too lost my grandmother a few years ago and miss her dearly and am just left with the memories now. So when I read your poem and I thought of my grandmother for a moment. Voting this up and sharing!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

My hair has plenty of gray.....is it gray or grey? You're the expert....and why ARE there 2 spellings for the same word? I need an answer........and as far as walking like I'm 90? Catch me at 5 in the morning.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

mandypoole, I love nostalgic! thank you for reading!


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JBoozer 4 years ago

Great poem. It reminds me of the knickknacks in my grandparents' house. It does truly make you wonder what times has those things seen. What has it experienced that we could never experience because we weren't a part of that generation? Thanks for the read.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Christy--Yeah, popcorn balls. My grandma is the only one I've ever known who made them.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Janine, glad you could relate. It's been over 15 years now and I think of her so often!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Effer, it's "gray" in the U.S. "Grey" in England, I think. Kind of like others spell with a "u" as in colour instead of color and in plenty of more words. There ya go. Feel better? :-)


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

This is lovely Victoria, such a nice thing to do to...votes for awesome & beautiful...


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

JBoozer--I know! Makes ya think! I wonder if the items we have now will be thought of the same way by future generations. Thanks for reading and commenting!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Vicki, This is such a beautiful poem.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

carter06--So glad you liked it! thanks!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks so much, Susan!!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

That was so beautiful, I think everybody reading this will totally understand and remember too something like the lamp. I remember my aunt had a similar one, but she never lit it as she didn't want to 'spoil' it as she always said. it made me laugh because it was sitting there on the sideboard and was beautiful. This reminded me so much of that, wonderful, and voted up! cheers nell


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thecrazzykylex 4 years ago from Incredible India!

lovely, beautiful, awesome, Victoria :) I'm talking about the poem -_-

Will you mind if I suggest you something?

Since this is a poem, 'll you break the paras into separate lines?


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Such a sweet memory to have of your grandmother. I remember my mother used to have a big one in the living room for times when we needed it. Enjoyed the read on this hub.


Milli Thornton 4 years ago

This was so moving. I have a lump in my throat after reading it.

My grandparents all died when I was too young to remember them. The closest thing I have to a memory like this was visiting some family friends when I was a little girl. They still lived in the tiny Idaho town where I was born, and that we had moved away from when I was six months old. You could tell they were never going to live anywhere else.

They were old-fashioned people with an incredible veggie garden that I loved to explore. (My favorite was the strawberry patch.) At 52 years old, I am still incredibly nostalgic about the dreamy summer day we visited that cozy home.

After reading about your grandmother's life, I wish I could go back in time and live like that myself.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Nell--Funny about your aunt. Why have beautiful things if we can't use them? Like fine china! Thanks for the comments! Cheers!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

thecrazzykylex--Haha--nice compliment! About the "paras," are you talking about pairs or paragraphs? I didn't want to separate the first sentence. Even though it's two lines long when it's spread out (if the photo wasn't there), it's just one sentence so would be funny to split it. I like pairing two lines in each little "stanza" in this poem. It seems to group the rush of memories better more logically than spreading out. Seems to go with the remembering part of the poem better. Maybe that's just me, but thanks for the suggestion.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

teaches--I had a few in my house that I had bought here and there, but none compares to this beautiful ole lamp from my grandma. It's so awesome. Glad you enjoyed the hub!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I hear ya, Milli! It makes me nostalgic when I think of days at my grandmother's house. It makes me wonder if my nieces will have the same nostalgic memories they have of the time they spent here?? Something to think about . . . .


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

This was just the sweetest poem I've read in a long time. I love the way you told the story. I hope my grandchildren will have fond memories of me like you have.

I have an old kerosene lantern that we used when I was a child because we had no electricity! That is a beautiful lamp, and I love your photos.

I voted this Up, and will certainly share this beauty.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, mary! I'm glad you enjoyed this one. It's near and dear to my heart. Make those memories, and your grandkids will remember....


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Vicki,

Beautiful tribute to your grandma! Compassionate and heartfelt emotion, thanks for sharing with us1


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks for reading this one, Josh. It's near and dear to my heart.


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Vicki,

You are most certainly welcome! :)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Awesome! :-)


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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

Beautiful memories of special times live on in that lamp and in your mind. Thank you for showing us a little of those treasured moments with your dear Grandma. My votes and best wishes to you, Victoria and sharing.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Hi Victoria,

Such a beautiful hub from the heart. Memories that will stand the test of time..I loved this.

Sunnie


Poetic Fool 4 years ago

Hi Vicki! So very beautiful and touching. Sounds like your grandma was one cool lady! Thanks for sharing your wonderful memories of her. You will always have them ... and the lamp! I've shared this one of Facebook!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Fennelseed Annie! Yes, I do have special memories with my grandma. Thanks for reading and sharing!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Hi, Sunnie! I've missed seeing you! Thanks for your comment on this hub that means a lot to me. Thank you for coming by and loving it! :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Yes, Poetic Fool, my grandma was very cool. I have lots of special memories with her. Thanks for reading and sharing this one!


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Ellen Karman 4 years ago from medina, Ohio

Oh My Gosh Victoria Lynn, so many parts of your beautiful poem reminds me of my Grandparents farm and spending summers up there for a few weeks at at a time, they had a bell at the door and a huge garden, with a road side stand to sell the veggies and I used to love to love to use the old fashioned register, the farm is being sold and I'd love just ONE keep sake from the farm but my father said no, I asked him last night, I used to have three prints of my photos for photography class made, one for my proffessor and one for me and one for my Grampie as he was a photo buff. I have his letters and pictures to remember him by. the end of your poem made me cry. Wish my Gram was cool like yours , she's still alive but sadly after my father remarried and my grampie died, I'd call and with in 30 seconnds


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Ellen, within 30 seconds, what? Your grandma didn't want to talk? I couldn't tell what you were saying at the end, but I could tell how much your grandparents farm and the memories associated with it meant to you. Why did your father not want you to have a keepsake from the farm? I'm glad you have letters and pictures. Those mean a lot. Thanks for the comments. I'm sorry the poem made you cry, or maybe it was okay...?


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ahorseback 4 years ago

This is amazing , I often believe as you , I do belong in the days of old ! Lanterns in the snow , the wood fire and the sounds of nature . Family and friends . Perfect Vicki !........:-}


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

ahorseback--Glad you like this one. It's special to me--that's for sure. :-) It makes me VERY nostalgic!


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PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

Victoria Lynn,

What a delightful hub and a great tribute to one's grandmother. Grandmothers are Angels in my book---I know mine was and my memories of her are still vivid and sweet.

Bobbi Purvis


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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

Just precious--soft violin music started playing in my head after the first paragraph.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Bobbi--I'm glad you like it. I miss my grandma and trust I'll see her again one day.


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cclitgirl 3 years ago from Western NC

Wonderful writing and this immediately brought me back to my own childhood with fun stories and popcorn. I love it! ;)


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onegreenparachute 3 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

This is warmly and fuzzily amazing! My memories just flooded back. I had totally forgotten putting peanuts in my Coke!!

Thanks for this Victoria Lynn.

Voted up and shared


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

That's sweet, RTalloni. I love that you heard violin music. Perhaps I should add some to the hub!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

CC--I'm glad you enjoyed it and that it spared some childhood memories for you. :-)


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

onegreeparachute--I'm glad you enjoyed this poem. I have so many great memories from my childhood, many of which had to do with my grandma.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

I always think about my sweet Grandma on Mother's Day even more. I have wonderful memories, too. Her snow white hair was long, down her back, and she let me brush it and braid it. I just loved doing that.

Beautiful sentiment. Voted UP and sharing in time for Mother's Day.


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whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States

Grandmothers are like that aren't they. Thank you for sharing this sweet memory. whonu


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pinto2011 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

It is always nice to jog your memory and tickle your life with going down the memory lane. It is very nice to know your experience.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Mary, that's such a sweet picture of you and your grandmother. Wonderful! Thank you1


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

whonunuwho--Yes, I have a lot of sweet memories with my grandmother. Thanks for commenting.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, pinto.I appreciate your comments!


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annart 3 years ago from SW England

Up, beautiful, interesting & shared. What a great poem! It's so important to have these memories. My grandfather made me laugh so much and my grandmother was super-wise and really practical (cakes and comfort!). I spend loads of time with my grandchildren and we have a great laugh; I hope they have such good memories about me.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

annart--It sounds like you have great memories of your grandparents, too. I miss my grandma! I love her oil lamp. Thank for sharing your memories.


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ecogranny 2 years ago from San Francisco

Tears in my eyes. What a touching tribute, masterfully told. Evocative for me of ancient cracked-leather horse-hair-stuffed sofas, scratchy faded rugs, and wonderful smells coming from the kitchen. Thank you.


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

ecogranny--I love your comments. Thank you so much. And your descriptions are beautiful. Well done!


Ellen Zimmer 2 years ago

Very nice Vicki--such warm intimate memories come flooding thru your tribute to your grandmother.


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Ms. Z!!!!

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