My Grandmother

My Grandmother as a child (center back)

My grandmother was the oldest of 13 children born in 1906 to German-American parents in Brooklyn, NY.  Her father was a game warden on Long Island.  Although she always took them off for photographs, she wore glasses from a very young age just like my daughter and she was a very early reader just like my daughter.  They even have a strong resemblance.  She grew up in Brooklyn in what was then a German neighborhood.  She got married late at the age of 34.  Before she was married she worked as an operator for the telephone company and at one point she had a factory job making doll clothes.  I’m sure she was also kept busy helping her mother with all her siblings.

 

Grandparents on their wedding day

Her last job before getting married was setting up the selective service/draft office in her district.  With some difficulty, my grandmother had 2 children.  She was very close to her family and totally devoted to her children.  She enjoyed having a simple life and keeping her home neat.  She said a rosary every day, a promise kept for returning my uncle safely from Vietnam.  She never drove a car or owned a home although it was something she always dreamed of.  She enjoyed reading and crocheting.  She loved The Little House series and Agatha Christie.  When my sister and I were young she crocheted several matching outfits including beautiful capes with matching hats and bags.

 

 

My Grandmother, her mother, and her young children

Before she lost her ability talk because of Parkinson’s disease my mother tape recorded her singing Civil War songs she learned from her mother and reciting poems from her childhood including one comparing a fine French doll to a ragdoll and why the rag doll was better.  She died in 2000 several years before I became a mother and sometimes I wish I could have shared this part of my life with her.  I think she would have adored my children.

 

 

 

 

 

This post was inspired by a post by a fellow blogger, Maui Shop Girl, and her fascinating and moving post about her family history and their Plantation Days.  If you are interesting in family history and photos definitely check it out!

Ann

I'm a practical mom inspired by nature & I enjoy sharing ideas that encourage kids' innate curiosity & creativity. Interested in subscribing? Check out the blue box at the top of my sidebar. I'm also a wannabe author/illustrator & product designer by day. Let's connect! doodlesandjots@hotmail.com. If you purchase through my Amazon links I get a small commission at no additional cost to you (thanks for supporting Doodles and Jots)! And remember to always credit your source here & elsewhere on the internet.

16 comments

  1. I’m sure she would have.
    She is so beautiful in the photographs! Amazing woman.
    (That wedding dress is just stunning!) Thanks for sharing these windows to the past with us!

  2. WONDERFUL AND RICH IN FAMILY HISTORY. MORE PRICELESS THAN GOLD TO KNOW WHO YOU CAME FROM AND FOR YOUR CHILDREN TO KNOW SOMETHING OF THE PEOPLE THEY CAME FROM AND WITH WHOM THEY HAVE SO MUCH IN COMMON THROUGH GENERATIONS.THOUGHT I KNOW THEIR NAMES I USED TO WONDER WHAT MY GREAT AND GREAT,GREAT GRANDMOTHERS WERE LIKE AND EVEN THE ONES WHO CAME BEFORE THEM. NOW I KNOW WHEN I SEE MYSELF, MY MOTHER, MY AUNTS, MY CHILDREN AND MY GRANDCHILDREN I AM ALSO SEEING THE ONES WHO CAME BEFORE US. THANKS FOR SHARING.

    • Thanks! I think so too!!! Parkinson’s is the worst isn’t it?! I don’t think getting old is so bad – it’s getting sick that stinks.

  3. This post really appealed to me. I recently got interested in genealogy–completely unintentionally and feel a little obsessed with the past at the moment. I love the old photos and the stories of your grandmother’s past. We have a tub full of photos that came from my great-grandmother’s house, but most of them unlabeled and even undated so I doubt we will ever know exactly who is in them. I still love looking at them, though.

    • Wow a whole tub of old family photos! Next family event you should bring them along because I bet different relatives know different bits and pieces. I’m glad you liked it! I feel like almost every post I make is just a taste of something bigger that I would like to explore!

  4. She was beautiful and it was lovely to hear about her life. Thank you for sharing! Thank you for the shoutout too, I’m so flattered little ole me actually inspired something.

    Writing my family’s history made me and my cousins realize we need to document more to maintain our family’s history and are in the process of scanning pictures, marriage certificates and passports to preserve.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

CommentLuv badge