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Stories of the Past
August 17, 2010
6:44 pm
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CATRAY44
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I know I loved reading it… I just wish there were a few more chapters!  I think you could submit it as a short story and have it published.  So many people are looking back and drawing strength and encouragement from stories like these.  We have forgetten so much in our society in which every need is instantly met, that we almost have to relearn the idea that we have it in us to be tough, couragous survivors.  Your Grandma sure is an example of all of that.

August 17, 2010
10:37 pm
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Hi CATRAY,

     I coulden't agree more!  some people never really get what is really important in life!  If we all looked at how difficult it was for our Grand and Great Grandparents, and how they were tested at times.  They had to deal with what life dealt them and they survived!  had hope and made the best of sometimes a bad situation.  We have lost some of that as a society, that is why I LOVE chickens in the road!  I can come here and find people like myself who find beauty in the simple things of life. snuggle

August 17, 2010
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I know what you mean. I've been grumbling about going back to work tomorrow. I need to get real! My grandmother went to live with a neighbor to be a companion and helper when she was 9 years old! She washed clothes, kept the fires going, gardened, cooked, and took care of animals.

I remember her saying the second day she was there the Lady of the house( she called her Aunt Susan) asked her to make a pie. Grandma said she twisted her hair and  whined… “But I don't know how to make a pie.”

“Well,' said Aunt Susan, “Today's a good day to learn.” And she did. She later said it became one of her favorite chores.

So…I don't want to go to school tomorrow…but I will… and the children will think it is my most favorite thing to do.happy-flower

August 17, 2010
11:22 pm
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You go Girl!  I do know what you mean, I home school my 13 year old son (Sam) he is my 3rd child and last one.  This can be challenging at BEST at times and I am sort of dreading it, now I feel guilty I said that.  I say to myself I have NO time for myself,  and now I really won't.  Well the truth is SO WHAT!  he is more important, and we do have fun learning together.  So I will do this with a HAPPY HEART!!! and not complain about it.  Have a wonderful Day with your children tomorrow!!happy-flower

August 19, 2010
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I really enjoyed your Grandma's story.  My mama's mother died when she was young, but my daddy's mother lifed to be in her late 80s.  How I wish I had taken more time to just talk with her.  She lost her parents and younger sister when she was very young and went to work in a cotton mill.   I need to record my memories just in case one day my grown sons decide to marry and have children.

Don't cry because it's over—smile because it happened!

August 19, 2010
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Jeannie B, you should record your memories! it would make a beautiful gift for your Son's.  I plan on retyping the story of Granny for my children and giving them a copy of it for Christmas, since I have two Grandbabies they can save it for them.happy-flower

August 20, 2010
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Grandmatotwochicks—Maybe you can add some of your own stories as well.  Present day stories will be just as interesting to future generations.  It may seem mundane to us, but to younger folks it is just as interesting as your grandmother's stories.  Case in point,  recently while taking a young patient's history I was typing into the computer while looking at and talking to his mother and him.  Suddenly, he reached over and grabbed my arm and blurted ” Hey!  How are you doing that!”  In this day of two thumbs texting, he was totally unfamiliar with touch typing.  When I explained about learing typing in high school on a manual typewriter with no letters printed on the keys, he was amazed.  I'm sure he thought I was as old as the dinasaurs!  I think these stories would also be precious to our families.

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