So I finally found the post about my great-grandma that I promised to re-post.
This week I had the opportunity to spend an afternoon with my great-grandmother. She’s 95 and has lived through many changing times, thus having much to recall and retell. We sat at the dinner table and sipped Dr. Pepper, and she talked. Her stories are as varying as A to Z, all of them interesting, some of them anxiety causing, most of them laughter making.
Like the time her father almost died of Anthrax, contracted from a farmer friend who got it from one of his infected cows, and Grandpa Huges’ father poured un-diluted Carbolic Acid to remove the sore that had come up, eating away the flesh from one of his thumbs, but saving his life. Or the times when the bayou would flood, causing the water to be parallel to her front porch, and she would go to school in a boat. She reminisced about her childhood on the farm, having to walk to the old schoolhouse, which also served as the church house on Sundays. Or when she moved 4 miles from town, which in those days was quite far; after she got married and was pregnant with her second child, and her mother was pregnant with her 7th, a boy 23 years younger than great-grandma.
As I sat there listening to her speak, I wondered how many other young people still have relatives who were born before either of the world wars, before the invention of the motor car, before indoor electricity was common, or inter-state highways linked our great land, before the Great Depression and the turbulent times surrounding WWII. She has lived far longer than anyone I have known personally, save my paternal great-grandfather who lived a few months past his 100th birthday.
In May she will be 96, and if she lives that long we will celebrate, a life lived over 9 and a half decades. And of course, we will remember.
“Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will show you, your elders, and they will tell you.” (Deuteronomy 32:7 ESV)
“O God, we have heard with our ears, our fathers have told us, what deeds you performed in their days, in the days of old:” (Psalm 44:1 ESV)