I have to give my fellow blogger RobynChristi credit for this one – her recent post inspired me.
My wonderful (83) year old mom also repeatedly reminds us of things (sometimes to the annoyance of over repeat) but I’ve noticed, I do the same… lol.
But things I love that she (and others) have repeatedly told me still have some value:
- Ironing (most people don’t do this anymore) but she is great to remind me to iron linen on the inside – i.e. my holiday dress that she fixed for me. I will look like a bag lady if I don’t have her sewing/alteration skills.
- Cleaning – you must always have a clean house, even if you never have visitors. LOL Mom and I share the same ‘madness’ for cleaning, where we drive our families crazy with the anal retentive way in which it needs to be done. 🙂
- Giving my own kids pajamas and underwear for Christmas. LOL As much as we make fun of that, it becomes the tradition that when I didn’t receive or give I almost felt it WAS missing…
Grandma Demi’s repeats:
- Mind you my grandmother didn’t speak very much english, just having her show me (a few times) how to fold a fitted sheet was amusing. I loved pulling laundry off the clothes line with her and those creases (especially on your flat sheet) is the marker for the center of your bed. A skill I still love to do.
- Sweeping – seriously a straw broom is by far better than the stupid plastic crap they sell these days. And don’t even get me started on the push broom format – seriously the old school “witches special” is also what gives you some amazing upper arm muscles. LOL Although my skinny little grandma had no defined muscles, she never seemed to tire from sweeping and I will always fondly remember hearing her hum as she did it. Now to find the straw brooms!
Grandma Ora’s repeats:
- There is a rhythm to pulling vegetables from your garden and your stance is what gives you the strength. Even as little as I was I watched in amazement as she bent forward and the ‘shuffle’ your feet would do to pull each item off it’s vine. This also before chiropractors and such. As she said, “if your backs not hurting, your not doing enough work”…
- Meals should have options – true southern fashion. Especially if you have family visiting – chicken, ham & beef with lots of sides and at least two to three desserts. But above all – handmade buttermilk biscuits dripping with butter and homemade jam or honey!
There are so many more repeats that I could add here – but I just wanted to share a few of my favorite old time memories as well… it would be interesting to see/hear what my poor daughter thinks are my annoying qualities! HA HA