Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The touch of her hand



Forgive me for going back awhile, but I wanted to share a little bit about my Grandma June. When we were home over Christmas we got a chance to go down to her little town and spend some precious alone time with her. It was Christmas day and the fact that she has eight kids, and they all have big families, and now their kids have kids etc...made the fact that she was alone a true miracle.





I'm painfully aware that times like that are very precious. She's in her mid-nineties and well, her days are numbered. I can't bear to think about when she'll be gone. Every holiday I can remember has been at her house. Many hours spent around her little kitchen table. So many memories. One of my favorite things in her house is the line of senior pictures of my aunts and uncles. She had eight kids. EIGHT! My dad is the second one from the left. He of course was the second oldest:)




I love to ask her about her life, because to be honest she's had a very hard one. It started for her as a child. Her brother Lyle was born severely handicapped. He was a twin and the other twin died in the womb and they didn't know it. So he lay there next to the decaying body of his sibling and it literally poisoned his little body. He never did walk, talk or feed himself. My Grandma pretty much was his caretaker and fed him and slept with him every single night. He passed when he was 19.


That's just the beginning of her care taking years. When she was in her late 40's my Grandpa, who was a milkman, died when a train hit his milk truck. When his life ended, she was left to fend for herself and take care of the 6 remaining kids left at home. She told me that she sat them all down and told them that she didn't know what she was doing, but that they would all figure it out together. She spent many years as a cook down at the elementary school.


She is just known for taking care of others. It's how she's passed her years...it's what has given her purpose. There is not a person in her little town, who doesn't know who she is. She is just an amazing person.






One of the things they know about her is her ability to cook. My Grandma June is pretty much famous for her rolls and peanut brittle. It's THE BEST you will ever have. Every year she painstakingly pulls the piping hot, sugary mixture with her hands to get it super thin and crispy. I asked her why she still does this. She responded, because such and such said the only thing they wanted for Christmas was my peanut brittle and I can't let them down. Her peanut brittle is just one of the reasons I gained 5 pounds over Christmas:)




These are her sweet hands. Hands that have worked HARD her entire life. Tara gave me the idea to photograph them. So glad I did.




See some of the red spots on them...from the hot peanut brittle.





I just had to get these thoughts down. Someday she'll be gone and I want to remember all of these things. I am so proud to be her granddaughter..so proud to be in her bloodline. It's just an honor to have come from such an amazing woman. May I remember all the lessons she's taught me...put others first, work hard, live the life you've been given to the best of your ability. We'd all be better off to follow those lessons right??






Have a blessed day.


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50 comments:

  1. You brought tears to my eyes.... you are so blessed to have a wonderful Grandma... Enjoy every moment. I lost mine 23 years ago but I still remember all the Sunday dinners.

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  2. This was a very special post...and I think your Grandma June's hands are absolutely beautiful. They show a life truly "lived".

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  3. Very sweet and how blessed you are to have a grandma like that!!!!!! Do wish I could say the same. HUGS

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  4. What a beautiful tribute to your Gramdmother. I love it that you took pictures of her time worn hands. They are truly beautiful. You have made me cry. My Grandmother has been gone 3 years, and I still miss her terribly.

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  5. Sweet Becky, this post brought tears to my eyes, what a wonderful woman and to still be making her specialties because someone requested it, just melts my heart...her hands are amazingly precious as they have lived a full life, not always of happiness as it sounds, but full of love, always! bless you for loving her as much as you do!

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  6. Wow! Just looking at those 8 graduation pictures all lined up touches my heart. What a special woman your grandmother must have been. Raising 8 children and part of the time all on her own is amazing. It's great Becky that you have posted this in her honor. Do you think she will ever have the opportunity to see it? Ofcourse you could print it off and mail it to her too.

    She reminds me so much of my grandmother whose name was Ruth. She passed away a few yrs ago at age 91. She raised me and my 3 siblings when I was 12 yrs old and until I left to make my own home at age 23. She was an amazing woman too, but her specialty was making homemade noodles.

    Thank you for sharing your sweet grandma with us. She is lovely!

    Lee Ann

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  7. Huge smile on my face as I read - yeah, with a lump or two in my throat and teeny, weeny watery eyes....

    This reminds me of Grammy. "So proud to be in her bloodline"... I like how you say that.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  8. That was beautiful!
    Thank you for sharing this with all of us!
    I would be proud to be her granddaughter too :)Both my Grandmothers have passed, My Mothers Mom was 98 and my Dad's was in her 70's. Grandma's are so special.
    You are still very lucky to have her in your life. Enjoy each and everyday with her.
    Deborah

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  9. Thank you for the glimpse into the life of an amazing woman. Grandparents are so, so special.. I love mine to pieces.

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  10. Becky,
    What a beautiful post.
    I'm so glad you photographed her hands. As I've slipped into my mid 30's, my mother has been telling me how much my hands remind her of my Grandmother's. I so wish I had a picture of them.
    Thanks for sharing this sweet post.
    ~Amy

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  11. What a beautiful post you have today about your Grandma June...My Grandma's name is June too...love it!

    Love that you took a picture of her hands...what a great idea...I might take a picture of all of our hands this year for a 365 day picture!

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  12. Oh, I just LOVED this post. I grew up with three grandmothers (two and a great-grandmother) that I saw every week until I was in college. We were all very close. They are all gone now, so I don't have any grandparents left living, and it makes me sad but very grateful to have had an entire childhood with them. Reading your post made me remember my own grandparents and the special times with them. Thanks for the great reminder!

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  13. People nowadays seem to have so much to grip about, then look at her life! She has the sweetest face, and her hands are so beautiful, why her nails are even polished! My husbands Mom is still living, she's 97 and all the kids and grands and great grands love her so much! I'm so glad too that you have shared her with all of us, she is such a treasure. I think when we look at what our ancestors have done, it gives is strength to do what we must do, for we do carry their blood and their genes within us too! :D

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  14. both of my grandmas are gone and this made me think fondly about them.
    thank you...

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  15. Some beautiful photos and words. I love your grandmother's hands. They are absolutely beautiful.
    I was working on some things on my blog and had to scroll through your blog to find a few items I'd written up in counting my blessings in 2009. As I scrolled through your blog to find the one where you held up the sign 9/2/09 - I was so blessed by remembering reading so many of them and being so encouraged by them. I came here to say thanks and found your current post just waiting to be absorbed. Thanks, again. And for being one of the first to comment on my blog and my 2d follower. :) Thank you so much.

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  16. OK Becky just cried this whole post. I've lost both of my Grandmother's already and miss them so. When you showed your Grandmother's hands I lost it. Such a precious memory you will carry with you always.

    xoxo
    Nancy

    PS. I do want a BE painting. I'll get more words togheter and email you if thats ok? Thanks

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  17. Yep. I'm wiping the tears away too. :) What a sweet, sweet post. Your grandmother is an amazing woman. The pictures of her hands just says it all.

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  18. This is such a sweet post. Made me teary. What an amazing woman. It sounds like she brings joy and blesses those around her. Thanks for sharing her with us. :)

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  19. This is such a precious post. You have wonderful memories of your grandmother; she sounds like an amazing woman. I have a grandma June too, must be something about the name!

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  20. Absolutely beautiful. We really don't celebrate the elderly as we should. What a nice tribute to your Grandma. She sounds AMAZING!

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  21. Oh I'm crying...that was absolutely beautiful. How wonderful you took those precious pictures and all the details you shared because they are amazing...what a beautiful woman!

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  22. I want to be like Grandma June! Poignant post and one I'm sure you will hold dear. I love the open hands. I rarely see that angle and yet her hands still look eager to serve after all these years. Beautiful!

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  23. Becky - very moving.... and the hands picture is wonderful... I want to share a picture with you some time -- one while my grandparents were on a trip and lightly holding hands while they slept in the car - a picture was taken - it has become a family legacy... The close up is wonderful... I'm sure it along with your grandmothers hands will inspire you into one of your beautiful prints! I'll try to get a post up sometime soon!

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  24. Oh I forgot to say... this post was so moving that I read and then did something else before I could leave a comment.... well done :)

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  25. This was precious, Becky. My own Grandmother is 81, and her name is Lena June. :) A lot of sweet memories to hold on to, because one day they'll be gone and we don't want any regrets. Thank you for posting this, you always weave such a beautiful story with your words.

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  26. So sweet!!! I too love my grandma so much!! She has gone on to be with the Lord. But looking at your picture of your grandmothers hands reminded me of a memory. One time, when my grandmother had advanced stages of Alzheimer's, her nails were in terrible shape, so I gave her a manicure! It was very special to me and seeing your picture reminded me.

    Thank you,
    Robin

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  27. Awww. Thank you for sharing Becky. Love this post.

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  28. What a remarkable lady she must be :) Really enjoyed this post. Happy New Year!

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  29. What a blessing to have such an amazing woman for a grandmother!

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  30. I love this post Becky. What a woman of strength to have raised all of those children after such a heartbreaking tragedy. I just love her to bits.

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  31. What an amazing woman, you are blessed to have her!

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  32. You are totally precious. My heart just LOVES your heart. I wish so badly someone had photographed my grandmothers hands that made the wedding dress I was married in. I miss her...
    Hugs,
    Rhonda

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  33. The pictures of your grandmother's hands brought tears to my eyes. Made me miss my grandmother immensely. I miss the holiday tradtion of being at grandmas. She has been gone for several years. Thank you for touching my heart today.

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  34. What a beautiful & amazing Grandma you have...and she has an amazing & beautiful granddaughter:) Good for you for taking the time to cherish her & the life she has lived. I bet Grandma June's got a few lessons left to teach!
    P.S. This is a lovely post...brought tears to my eyes:)

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  35. You are so blessed to have such an amazing woman in your life. I lost a grandmother when I was in college and my other grandmother passed away three years ago. There is a void when those women you admire are gone. Cherish those memories!

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  36. you brought tears to my eyes too...this was a beautiful story for your GMa....
    time is so precious with our loved ones....
    thx for sharing....
    jeanette

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  37. Such a beautiful post! She is an inspiration.
    Thank you for sharing her with us.

    xo,
    Adrienne

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  38. I loved reading about your grandmother. She sounds like a remarkable woman who has a great deal of strength,love for her family and community and one who spreads joy to many. You are so blessed to have this lovely woman as your grandmother. I can see where you get your spirit and some of your beauty. It sounds like a scrapook of her life may be a wonderful thing to make so that you can pass down all of your memories of her to your children and one day your grandchildren. :)

    Mary

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  39. God bless your beautiful grandmother. What a truly beautiful post, Becky. Enjoy every single precious second of time with her. I have wonderful memories of my own grandmother...many of the memories that you mention above especially the stories. Loved her stories. This generation is a wealth of knowledge and has an appreciation for a simpler life and times for which we don't. Thanks for sharing!

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  40. Thanks for sharing your wonderful grandma with us. It was a lot of fun to read snippets of her life. My husband has one grandma still living, she is turning 95 this year, and she is such a treasure. Love your new background...
    Kate

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  41. Wow. I was truly blessed reading this today. What an amazing woman your grandmother is. Truly a treasure. You should have her teach you the peanut brittle recipe so you can carry on the tradition!

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  42. It's amazing how God works! Just last night in Bible study we were preparing for our upcoming retreat. The theme is Power of praying. Some of the crafty ladies were taking pics of our hands for some of the decorations and we were talking about how beautiful the pics were. Long story made short....one of the ladies said she treasured the pics of her late mother's hands!!!! and then I read your post today! I love that!

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  43. Thank you for your kind comment. I loved this post on your grandmother...what a precious, precious lady. I have a fondness for sentimental reflections of those who have gone before us. And the picture of that peanut brittle had me drooling!

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  44. Precious Becky!!! just precious! I miss my grandmother everyday...she too loved to cook and "took good care" of any and everybody...what a Blessing!
    Thanks for sharing such a sweet part of your family!
    Blessings!
    Jill

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  45. The love you have for your grandma is so apparent...how wonderful that you are so close to her and have so many special memories with her! She sounds just amazing!!!

    Blessings ~

    :) t

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  46. what a wonderful lady to have in your life.

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  47. Beautiful tribute and post to your beautiful Grandma...she looks SOOO much like my Grandma!

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  48. That is one of the most beautiful posts I have ever read! I find myself taking pictures of my Dads hands every once in a while. I have always loved his hands, ever since I was a little girl. Big, strong hands...and I am the youngest of 8 children in my family, too. Grandma June is such a beauty. You are both so lucky to have each other. ~mary~

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  49. I am new to the blog world, drinking my coffee early this morning I was Blessed to of found your story of your beloved Grandmother. Thank you so much in starting my day with sweet heartfelt blog! Regards, cindykay

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