I had the benefit of having my great grandparents and grandparents from my father’s side in my life while I grew up. For the most part and every summer break, our family would visit them (they lived on opposite sides of a small town) no matter where we were living in the country at the time. They were farmers. They all lived through the Great Depression era. (They are all deceased now) My grandfather was in the military during WWII but would not talk about it. To my understanding he was in the Battle of the Bulge. I figure since they were a part of my life then they deserve my love and respect. As to my mother’s side, they did not want to be a part of our life so their names will go on the biological family tree and that’s it.
My great grandmother made the biggest pancakes I have ever seen and have not seen since. They were always cooked right. She could flip them, still to this day (even watching her do it) I do not know how she did it. I sure can’t duplicate it. She considered silver dollar pancakes to be what others would consider normal size.
They use to travel across country and collect matches that advertised from the hotels they visited. (They did not smoke) I had no idea so many hotels used to do this. They would let me play on the piano and I can’t play.
We would cut wood from the farm so my grandparents would have heat in the winter. For the longest time, wood burning furnace was their only source of heat. We would take care of the cows, fix and maintain things around, go to auctions. After a hard week, we would go to the ice cream shop and pick out our favorite. It was the only place that I would be able to get Superman ice cream (the kind that has Blue Moon in it) not the sherbet kind. We would stack hay, paint barns, play in the creek or rebuild fence.
The one thing that I do not miss is watching Heehaw in the evenings when we ate supper. Grandpa thought this show was a hoot. It was laborious for me but it was what he liked. They did not have cable, just rabbit ears, so the best thing to do is read or sleep before another day and wake up to start the day again. Grandma would make the biggest meals and she loved yard sales.