September 20, 2005

Granny Girl

My Granny is just a Girl.

Granny is just a girl inside ... a girl who had friends; friends just like my friends.

Goofing around during school photos

Giggling in groups, drinking from beer steins

Playing on weekends ... living secrets, telling secrets.


The girl is in there, inside the old body with the creaky bones and the bewildered mind...

making daisy chains
laughing behind a hand
skiing through town
writing long letters
dreaming of a life ahead


The granny-girl inside is the one that loves me, that knows my soul and calls me friend.

Someday, I will be a Granny Girl, too.

This post is dedicated to Sleep Goblin and to Grannies everywhere.

23 comments:

HighMaintenanceHussy said...

awesome pictures...thanks for sharing them. :)

clew said...

Great post! I have some similar photos of my Grandma, goofing it up with her pals in the days where so many photos were still and posed. Fun to see the ornery stock from which we came as well as hear about it :)

B.O.B.I. said...

I love the way your write stories.

Well done.

babyjewels said...

That was an awesome tribute.

Fridaysweb said...

You have NO idea how much this touched my heart. Thank you for posting. All my best to Sleep Goblin.

Rae Ann said...

What a wonderful post! This is my first visit, came from mr g's. Before my grandmother passed several years ago I was blessed to get to know her as a woman with all the same thoughts and feelings that I have, instead of just a grandmother. Thanks for reminding me of that!

Bobby said...

i lose my last Grandmother last Fall. I am still not over it, and pick up the phone to call her at least once a week.

I have a picture that is similar, but no where near as fun. I wish I had more, like the ones you have.

FRITZ said...

It looks like your granma and my Grangie would have been friends. Grangie went to Sarah Brown 'just because it got me out of the house'! She lived among friends and close relatives. She is a total goof and quite hilarious! She's my only living grandparent, and this makes me want to call her and tell her, "I LOVE YOU!"

My mom, by the way, gets tickled that Grangie and I are so alike.

Heather said...

Both of my grandparents are in Ireland and neither will come to the US... for some unknown reasons.. they are steepled in their irish catholic traditions.. It was heart warming to be able to see the pictures and think of my G-mas as something other than old, wise, know it alls :P

AngieMD2007 said...

that was really sweet...sometimes we don't realize that our parents, grandparents, etc. were kids too with the same feelings, hope, dreams that we have...

Sleep Goblin said...

The only picture I've seen of my grandmother when she was young is her senior picture. They have a photo wall in my papaw's office, with at least one picture of everyone in our family. I'll take my camera when I go over there. There is also their wedding picture, which I love. And one picture of my papaw as a baby. Why did they put all baby's in dresses back then?
I think I'm going to ask if there are any pictures like that. I'd love to see them.

Steins? Is your family from Germany?

UberGoober said...

Grannies of today have seen some major changes in the world since they were kids. Sometimes it's hard to picture Grannies as kids, as they have always looked like Grannies to us. That reminds me of some pictures I saw of my Great Grandmother when she was in her 20's. She was hot. Still hard to picture her that way though, she was always Grey Haired as far back as I can remember.

HitManJ said...

I never really got to know any of my grandparents. Dad is the youngest of many. His father passed while he was still young. Mom's parents passed while I was in grade school. Dad's mom passed 10 years ago, but we'd long since moved away and never got to see her. My only memories of them are stories and pictures (like yours here). Thanks.

J

Juliabohemian said...

you're lucky to have that many pictures of your grandmother.

Monkey said...

I absolutely loved this. Incredible photos and what a wonderful sentiment. My grandparents are gone, but Johnny Damned's granny is still around and she is the sharpest, funniest, dearest woman in our lives. She's 92 and the girl in her is still very much with us. We are lucky.

Monkey's Human

uph_man said...

Thanks for the thoughts and the dedication to Mom. That was a very nice post Grandma's. Yours is very lucky to have a granddaughter like you.

amygeekgrl said...

what a great tribute to your grandma. that's awesome that you have all of those photos of her too. they are priceless.

Pirate said...

Granny was a party girl.

kimberlina said...

what a beautiful beautiful post.

*sigh*

now i'm all teary at work and i'm going to have to run to the bathroom to wipe my leaky eyes!

Madge said...

i love the photos, all sepia-like.

"AG" said...

I love old family photos!

BTW you look like Laura Dern in your new profile
pic.

JJ said...

I love this post.

BeeGee969 said...

Like so many of your other readers, I got a little misty-eyed. One of my grandmothers died when I was only five years old. She died alone, when she was cleaning house for Memorial Day--except in the South, it was Decoration, and it was the first Sunday in May. Everone had gone out to run errands, and when someone came back, they found her in the front room, already dead, with the big player piano moved halfway across the room. Now, I'm a grandfather, and I'm within about eight years of being the same age as Mama Hancock when she died. My own mother is a grandmother and a great grandmother. And, like so many of her age, she has entered a fogged-in part of her life, where her present is the last few secods, and the past is 50 or 60 years ago. But we really don't know, because she has already retreated into the fog, and her main communication is a still-ready and fully-felt laugh. Her biggest joy in life is "another" child--the way her face lights up is an absolute joy. My mother is halfway around the world, tonight, and I miss her badly. Kuwait just hadn't felt so far away from home until just now.