Archive for November 19th, 2008

Wordful Wednesday – Baby Me

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

Today I took our daughter Debra in to get stitches above her right eyebrow, for an injury she received during P.E. Yes, I did take before and after pictures (using my new cell phone camera for the first time!). No, I won’t use those pics for Wordful Wednesday. All of us were quite interested in the pictures, but I don’t imagine you would be.

Now, I don’t know if you will be interested in this picture either, but it comes with a little story.

This photo is of me when I was 1-1/2 years old. The cute little dress I’m wearing was made by my Grandma Schmitz, my paternal grandmother, who was a wonderful seamstress. This photo was taken at her home, I see, as I recognize the pillow on the couch, which she also made.

I don’t really have any memories going that far back in my childhood, but I do have lots of later memories of my grandmother and her home.

  1. Her home was a busy home. I remember she was often baking bread when we came for a visit.
  2. All of our big family get-togethers were at her home. And the food – oh, it was so good! With Thanksgiving coming up, I call to mind that she would serve a variety of pies, such as apple, pumpkin, mincemeat, and pineapple, for the Thanksgiving meal dessert.
  3. Even though she was busy doing projects such as baking, her home was always neat and clean. I recall the bathrooms smelling of Dial soap.
  4. My Grandma lived in Phoenix, Arizona, and had her own date palm trees in her yard. She knew how to hand pollinate those trees, and how to harvest and process the dates. Someday soon I’ll share her excellent recipe for Date Bread.
  5. My Grandma taught me how to properly iron a man’s dress shirt. I’m so glad that isn’t necessary too often anymore!

Well, that’s a little beginning of my reminiscence about Grandma Schmitz. I must quickly post this, as I’m supposed to go to Book Club this evening. Adios!