My Sweet Grandma

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So many good memories I have of Grandma place her in the kitchen.  I picture her standing at the counter stirring saccharine tablets into her tea with a long spoon and slightly shaking hands.  I picture her sitting around the table with “the cousins” playing Hand and Foot or Skipbo.  I picture her using the special card shuffler, because heaven forbid you shuffle by hand.  I picture countless lasagnas coming out of the oven because her lasagnas were my favorite – only to be surpassed by those chocolate caramel brownies that she was famous for.  Seriously, they were The. Best.  No one ever made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich taste quite as good as Ma’s.  Pretty much anything that came out of her kitchen was hard to beat.

Before she retired, Grandma worked for a nursing home.  I used to love hearing her stories of belligerent patients and how she handled them.  She had a kind and gentle spirit – but everyone knew not to cross her.  We had a saying in our family: “Pa is boss, as everyone knows; But what Ma says, always goes.”  Oh, how I miss their playful (and sometimes not-so-playful) bickering.

People have always told me I favored Grandma.  I like to think that she rubbed off on me in other ways as well.  She was a voracious reader and I loved our trips to the library.  It was always a novelty to me to drive past the red brick roads of Tyler – they didn’t have red brick roads where I lived.  She also loved taking and looking at pictures.  Every time we came to visit she’d have me pull out a photo album to look through its latest additions.  Anyone who knows me well knows that I have a few albums of my own.

My mom has always said that Grandma was the best mother-in-law.  How many people do you know that say that about mother’s-in-law?  She treated my mom like another daughter.  She never interfered, but was always ready to share her wisdom if asked.  As a mother of teenagers, that’s a trait that for myself still needs some fine-tuning.

Almost exactly two years ago, I stood reading a similar eulogy for Pa.  To be honest with you, we lost both my grandparents that year, as Grandma was just never quite the same without him.  But that’s how I would choose to remember them anyway – sitting in their his-and-her chairs in their pristine living room on Oxford Cr, him fussing about something trivial and her lovingly telling him to shut up and mind his own business.  They leave a great legacy, these two.  They may no longer be with us in body, but they will live indefinitely in the hearts of those of us who loved them.

Grandma

Doris Timaeus
1930-2017

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