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Grandma Gordon

Updated on October 4, 2012

She remembers oaks and dogwoods,

Shouldering Highway 17,

From Georgetown to Myrtle Beach,

God’s country, as has ever been seen.


She remembers taking a ferry,

Across the Winyah Bay.

She's always counting flowers,

And blessings on her way.


From the Waccamaw River to Little River,

Her Dodge knew the road,

And everybody that’s known Grandma Gordon,

Knows the love she sowed.


She came from the house of Burgess,

She met up with the Gordon clan.

A century of life, love, wisdom, modesty,

And she only loved one man.


The sun rose on Murrells Inlet.

It set on the Sandy Isle.

My Aunt Aleene and Uncle Herman,

Had character and style.


Herman drove these elegant,

Old and classy Packard cars.

He made the best shrimp-creole,

And smoked such huge cigars.


They lived by a fresh water creek,

Beside a fresh water pond.

The ocean was across the road.

Memories stir, of which, I'm fond.


Grand-daddy Gordon took me in.

On the farm across that creek.

Grand-daddy became my daddy,

When my family’s fate was really bleak.


Huntington and Brookwood Gardens,

Were within a few moments’ reach.

Garden City and Surfside were nice,

But Litchfield was our Retreat Beach.


There was wild life and good times.

From Pawleys Island to Ocean Drive.

We loved our Grand Strand,

It was a great time to be alive.


So I’ve known our Grandma Gordon,

For 60 years or so.

She and mom taught me things-

Great things that all should know.


"Don’t gossip.

"Never believe a rumor."

"Be serious when you need be.

But retain a sense of humor."


“Love your neighbor as yourself.”

“Never say you can’t.”

Now she’s more than most.

She’s a beautiful century plant.


“Be kind, keep good thoughts.

Speak softly, stand up straight.

And remember that a “pe(e)can”,

Is something in which you urinate.”


~Micky Dee~

Grandma Gordon - 96 years young!
Grandma Gordon - 96 years young!
Grandma Ethyl, Grandpa John Gordon, Micky Dee
Grandma Ethyl, Grandpa John Gordon, Micky Dee

John Gordon - father to Herman, John Jr., Lucille, Charlie, Myrtle Lee - grandfather to Wesley, Gerald, Wayne, Charlotte, Pam, Guerry, Michael - Great Grandfather to Joe, Wes, Taryn, Deb, Sandy, Tracy, ... Great Great Grandfather to...Wayne Jr....


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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow this is so awesome .. grandma Gordon sounds like an amazing woman.. what memories you have.. she was brilliant too ..

      many blessings


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      6 years ago from Central United States of America

      Beautiful memories, nostalgic Enjoyed it all...and had to punch even 'funny' because of that last line...which I've used myself. Your pic of the little girl on the car and ?grandpa reminded me of one of myself in almost the same pose. Boy, time flies!

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      6 years ago

      “Never say you can’t.” (and others.) Grandma rules to live by! Awesome:-)

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      Micky Dee 

      6 years ago

      God bless Wayne Jr.

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      Wayne "Bruz" Gordon Jr. 

      6 years ago

      Thank you so much for the pics & info.I know my grandmother very well seeing her on almost a daily basis since I moved back about 5 years ago.But I love to hear all I can about grandpa Herman. As he passed before I was born in 69. I never got to know him personally. I do know both of them are awesome. Thanks agaim

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      6 years ago from United States

      Beautiful tribute to your grandma. She sure is a smart lady...cheers!

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      b. Malin 

      6 years ago

      Lots of Love, and Warm Humor in your Hub, Micky. Grandma, is Beautiful within as she is without, and also I might add a Very Smart Lady, way ahead of her time... I Loved her Beliefs on Life, and I'm Glad she's lived a Long, Good, Life. Not all of us where Fortunate enough to have a Grandmother around while we were growing up. Thanks for sharing these Special Memories.

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      Kathy Henderson 

      6 years ago from Pa

      Very beautiful ~ I felt like I took this journey with you and saw through your eyes the life of this lovely lady. You write with such imagery.

      Peace in your stages and blessings

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      Paul B 

      6 years ago

      What a wonderful, loving tribute! My grandparents owned a farm and I treasure the memories of days spent on that farm. You brought back memories of those days and I miss my grandparents terribly. This world needs people like your Grandma Gorden yet they are so hard to find!

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      Amy Becherer 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Well, thank you, Micky, for sharing your beautiful family memories. It is extremely touching and endearing. I'm sure your grandma, grandpa, mom and Uncle Herman are equally touched and feel very loved by you.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      6 years ago

      Thank you so very much Amy.

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      Amy Becherer 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Oh, how adorable, Micky Dee. You have attitude! Love that photo. It looks like all three of you are in your Sunday best. I get such a strong feeling of all for one and one for all; a strong sense of family.

      Thank you so much for including your photo with your grandparents here.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      6 years ago

      His shrimp/creole was/is the best. photo must have been about "53". I was 3 or 4 years old at about the time most pics were taken.

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      Amy Becherer 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Oh, thank you, Micky Dee. Little Gerald is adorable too. That photo would make a fantastic oil painting. You made me hungry with the mention of your uncle Herman's shrimp creole!!!

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      6 years ago

      I believe that's my cousin Gerald and my uncle Herman. I'll post one of myself and my Grandpa.

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      Amy Becherer 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Gorgeous words for a gorgeous woman. I love the painting and the photos. Thank you for sharing your loving memories, Micky Dee. Is that you standing on the vintage car beside your grandpa?

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      Sommer Dalton 

      6 years ago

      Beautiful write! Voted up plus 2!

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      6 years ago from United States

      A lot of nostalgia was reflected in this good work. Thanks for sharing .It brought back days of my youth and visits to my own grandmother's house, who lived just up the road a piece. Much of what you shared I am very familiar with. Thanks for sharing this bit of the fondest memories with all.


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