Monday, May 30, 2011

May 30th

We are getting so close to the end of the week!  Today we have two holidays.

The most important of the two is Memorial Day.

Normally, Memorial Day is to remember those who have lost their lives serving in the military. Although I have family who serve in the military, I have not lost any of them. Instead I would like to take a minute to talk about family that I have lived to know and mourn.

parade print by Etsy seller TeaCakeCafe

I have only lost 3 great grandparents in my life time. Grandpa Gus and Grandma Esther passed when I was young, I hardly remember them. But I lost a woman very near and dear to me and my entire family just over 4 years ago.

Agnes Moore was a beautiful, strong, outgoing, never stopping woman. She taught me more in my life than any other single person I have ever known.  She only lived a couple blocks from where I grew up, and just around the corner from my grade school, so we spent a lot of time at her house.

She taught me how to play cards. Kings Corner, Crazy 8's, Memory, Go Fish...all these games she used to help us learn how to count and add in our heads.  As I got older we learned how to play Spades and Rummy.
She taught me how to crochet a chain. My brother, John, and I would crochet chains like there was no tomorrow.  We could wrap it around the house several times!
She taught me that cooking isn't about recipes, and the chore of doing it. Its about love and family. Feeding the hungry. Nobody left her home with an empty stomach, nobody went hungry in her neighborhood.
She taught me how to tend a garden.  We spent hours weeding, watering, planting and harvesting: raspberries, currents, strawberries, peaches, plums, apricots, apples, pears, corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, lettuce, rhubarb, dill, walnuts, hazelnuts, and even more that I can't think of off the top of my head.

Every day her oven was baking bread, rolls, pies, or cookies. Every day with dinner, we had fresh made rolls.

Agnes Moore at her 90th birthday celebration

when I was 23, I stood in the grocery isle looking at jam. I was almost in tears, because never in my life did I have to buy jam. I had never had anything in my refrigerator except Grandma's home made jam made from the raspberries that grew in her backyard.  The same thing happened when I bought a package of rolls.

she taught me the importance of family, and being there for each other. And loving each other no matter how bad it may seem. She taught me that preserving family history is important, and to take as many pictures as you can, because you don't get to relive the moments.

Even though Grandma has been gone for several years, I think about her almost every day. She teaches me lessons even now, through the memories of her.  She didn't even know that she was teaching me back then, but as I look back on the memories, I see her differently, as an adult now, I understand her more than ever.

When the day comes that we all gather in heaven again, I can't wait to see her smiling face.

the second holiday, fits my grandma. Today is also Water a Flower Day.  Grandma had a row of pink rose bushes along her driveway. There was always a fresh bouquet on her dining table next to the candy dish.

Seed Packet Tag from Etsy seller BeeHiveCottage

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