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The Quilting Bee, Grandmothers, and Grins

Updated on February 27, 2018

The Visit

I stopped in to visit my grandparents one day while coming home from work. I stopped in often back then to see them, even if only for a few minutes. I parked on the street, walked up the little hill and saw that Grandma was having a Quilting Bee.

Little old ladies surrounded a table, covered with a quilt that was three quarters done. They were giggling and laughing about something one of them had said. The sun was shining down on their straw and felt hats, shadowing white hair and beautiful smiling faces.

These ladies were having fun! As I walked by the ladies, grandma just had to introduce me to her friends. She bragged about how I stopped to see her and grandpa all the time. She of course had to embarrass me by drawing attention to how cute I was. I was surprised that my long hair and hippie clothes didn't even get me one frown. They all smiled.

I went on in and talked with grandpa a while as he smoked his pipe. I heard Grandma's voice come through the screen door, "Tom, there's a fresh batch of cookies on the stove!" I could never resist her cookies. I munched on cookies and talked with Grandpa a while. He told me about working on the old Star company buildings. He was a carpenter. I always loved hearing his stories of the 1913 flood and his many wonderful journeys through life. They were so honest, straight from the heart and to the point.

It was time for Grandpa's nap and time for me to head home. I gave Grandma a hug and a kiss on the cheek while hearing..."aaawwwws" from the ladies. I could hear them giggling and all talking at once as I walked to my car. Grandma and the ladies waved as I pulled away.

Those days and those moments deeply touched my heart. That day was a snapshot of life that I hold like a treasure in memory.

I am so thankful that I spent time with my grandparents. Even if I had a hot date, I managed to leave early to visit them. They didn't seem to care if I stayed fifteen minutes or a couple of hours. They were glad to see me as I was them.

The Quilt Grandma made for us.

Over the years, my wife, Tammy, has patched up the old quilt that Grandma made us as a wedding present. It has faded and is worn but has always made us feel a little warmer and closer as we sleep.

I am proud of my Wife, Mother and Grandmothers. They have lived, loved and endured along side myself, my Father and Grandfathers.


Years later, I heard a young professional woman make fun of women sewing. She talked about how women broke out of the old mold and were finally serving a greater purpose. The only thing I said to her was,"You need to read some history books!"

I thought about my Grandma. I thought of the ladies who were with her that day. Grandma had raised nine children. She did loads of washing for local nursing homes. She did it by hand in a galvanized tub. She and Grandpa never took a dime from the government. They worked hard, paid for their house and retired with money they saved.

I thought about the Pioneer women who sewed their families clothes, worked in the gardens and fields, helped build their homes and many times, educated their children. To think that the women of history had less of a purpose than men is an extremely arrogant and ignorant thought.

Maybe an old patch quilt could say it best. Working together to create something beautiful is the very purpose of life. This Mother's Day, I will think of my Mom who worked in sweat shops and factories much of her life. I will think of my Grandmother who worked so hard all of those years. I will think of my wife who has worked by my side and at home so many times. I will think of beauty and strength. I will think of endurance, sacrifice and love.

Thanks Moms.


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    • Tom Cornett profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Cornett 

      3 months ago from Ohio

      Thanks Ron. Glad to spark some memories. :)

    • Ron Grimes profile image

      Ron Grimes 

      4 months ago from Tennessee

      Beautiful story. Brings back memories of my grandparents. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Tom Cornett profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Cornett 

      8 years ago from Ohio

      Very well put, son. :)

    • Dr. Larkin profile image

      Dr. Larkin 

      8 years ago from In the portrait of a madman

      Yeah, that yuppie woman was filled with poo. Regardless of law, men and women stood on equal footing in purpose, neither satisfied without the other. Now it's a soul-suppressing battle for dominance.

      Those old ladies have much to admire.

    • Tom Cornett profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Cornett 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      RNMSN....thank you....yes I am lucky...I love remembering them in my stories. :)

    • RNMSN profile image

      Barbara Bethard 

      9 years ago from Tucson, Az

      How lucky your grandmother and mother to have the love of you. Many women are not as lucky. THis one was so good It made me cry...hold onto those good memories Tom.

    • oliversmum profile image


      9 years ago from australia

      Tom Cornett. Hi. What an absolutely wonderful hub.

      Your Grandparents and Parents must be such beautiful folks.

      A Patch Work, working bee must have been so much fun for them, and the photo of that particular Quilt is spectacular.

      I thoroughly enjoyed reading your hub. Thank you for sharing it with us. :) :)

    • loveofnight profile image


      9 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      that is so have more than just memories to hold on to.

    • breakfastpop profile image


      9 years ago

      What a beautiful tribute to the women in your life.

    • wesleycox profile image


      9 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      This is a beautiful story and an easy reminder of how important the women in our lives really are. Thanks Tom.

    • msorensson profile image


      9 years ago

      Beautiful tribute to those women. When I first read the title, I thought, huh?


    • sheila b. profile image

      sheila b. 

      9 years ago

      Thank you for setting the record straight.

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      9 years ago

      Wonderful hub!! You are a wonderful guy and more wonderful are your grand parents .. I understand the feelings more because we have our family system in India, which we value immensely!! In India, we can never throw our elderly into an old age home!!

      Great hub :)

    • singlmomat52 profile image


      9 years ago

      Wow, yes I remember those quilting bees, nice to be reminded. Thank you for a lovely Hub!

    • G-Ma Johnson profile image

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      This is all true, I Love it !!!!...and you are so sweet to express it...These days it seems we all need to go Back to History and remember why we are where we are today...:O) Hugs G-Ma

    • TamCor profile image

      Tammy Cornett 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      To Tom such thing as a dumb man, women have just as much trouble figuring men out, as men do women--that's what makes life so interesting!haha

      To my Tom--I love this, thanks so much for my mention, and thank you to your mom and grandma for helping so much to make you the man you are today...~~hugs~~


    • Tom Whitworth profile image

      Tom Whitworth 

      9 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      Great tribute to "The hand that rocks the cradle."!!!!

      Where would we be without the women in our life. We're just dumb men!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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