August 15, 2010

Sharing Memories (Week 37): Time with Grandma

This is Week 37 of our 52 weeks of Sharing Memories - A Genealogy Journey Journal. Your memories are your legacy to your children and grandchildren. Don't let them be lost over time. Share them either here with us as a comment on this blog, on your own blog, or privately in a journal.

This week I've been thinking about the summer visits I had with my Grandmother. I stayed at her house in Guelph without any siblings or parents - it was heaven! I loved being with my Grandmother. She was fun and interesting and almost always dressed in her favourite colour - red. She worked in the Women's Section of a downtown department store and always dressed very nicely.

One of my most vivid memories is of going to what I suppose would be called a Soda Shop. It was the counter in a large downtown Drugstore and I was in awe. We didn't have anything like that in the village I lived in. Grandma bought me a coke float. I'd never had one before and I can remember the sound and smell of it. How wonderful! I just wanted to sit and watch the bubbles skip and pop as they chased each other around on the ice cream.

Drinking it was amazing, it tasted so good. We didn't get many (any?) treats at our house, and I kind of think I'd never had a coke before. I know I had ice cream - rarely.

I wish I could remember how old I was but I'm guessing 5 or 6, maybe 7. Such a memory, and I bet my Grandmother never realized how much it meant to me. I wish I'd told her while she was alive.

What are your memories of special times with your Grandmother? I love hearing your stories so please do share them with us.

4 comments:

Phyllis610 said...

Gramma's button basket. I was amazed at the contents. She used to thread a big needle with button hole thread and let me make a necklace by threading all kinds of buttons onto it. I never got to take the necklaces home as the buttons all went back into the basket. Of course they were there for the next time I came over to do over and over again. Pop Pop used to eat his peas all lined up on a knife and let the roll down the knife into his mouth. Hmmm wonder if he did that just for me or did he do it every time he ate peas.

Anonymous said...

There were never any buttons lying around our house because all odd ones ended up in my mother's button box. Anytime we needed to replace a button on a blouse, dress or coat, etc.we looked for one in the button box. What memories the original post brought back. I still keep a button box, which I use even in 2010!

Anonymous said...

There were never any buttons lying around our house because all odd ones ended up in my mother's button box. Anytime we needed to replace a button on a blouse, dress or coat, etc.we looked for one in the button box. What memories the original post brought back. I still keep a button box, which I use even in 2010!

Margaret Wilton said...

What memories the post brought back, even tho my mother had a button box which was searched every time we needed to replace a missing button on a blouse, dress or coat. I still keep one, just in case, even in 2010!