As I walked through the empty house I could hear Grandma and Papaw's voices clear as day and see their smiling faces.❤️They were married 65 years, raised 11 kids, worked hard on their dairy farm, lived full lives with big gardens, "tobacca" patches and hay fields. They endured tragedy, great losses and heartbreaking sadness. I don't know how they did it all. I always felt like they were proud of me and that is something when I'm 1 of 22 grandkids. They were proud of each of us. Grandma rarely forgot my birthday and gave me a card and birthday gift of assorted items, like tin trays, tiny jewelry boxes, flavored Avon chapstick and deodorant. Christmas was much the same. My favorite gifts from her was a Miss Piggy and Kermit Necklace, that I still have and a brass doll bed that she made me promise to keep forever and I have that too.
They used to love to eat at a restaurant called Banquet Table, Papaw pronounced it "Ban-a-cket Table". A pillow was a "piller" and a window was a "win-der". And tomatoes and potatoes were "Maters and Taters". Grandma used to say, "Well, I'll be." Or "I swawny." When asked how she was doing, Grandma almost always said, "Very well." You could often tell how well she was by the weariness in her voice, but "very well." just the same.
I'll never forget being taller than her, she was one of the first adults I outgrew. I remember her telling me the number to call on their rotary phone in the kitchen, listening for a ring and hanging up so that the phone would ring in the barn and Papaw would know supper was ready and to hurry to finish the milking. Grandma worked crosswords and was awesome at Wheel of Fortune but truly amazing at Jeopardy.
The first bid I won was a box of old bottles. Old glass bottles have been a favorite of mine for many years, Joe proposed to me with a glass bottle. I bought 2 piggy banks that used to sit on the dresser in a bedroom my cousins and I would play in at holiday get-togethers. I bought her rolling pin and mat, I scored some drinking glasses I remember pouring Papaw buttermilk in when I helped set the table.
I hope when I die people remember and treasure the ways and things I used to make daily life beautiful. Grandma had pretty trinkets and valuable heirlooms but these pieces that she used almost daily make me the most happy in helping keep her and Papaw's memories alive in my home. Reminders of how legacy is built by living life one day at a time working, serving, saving and giving. Legacy begins with how we live daily in the ordinary.