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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Slice of Life - Day 23 - Oma Lou

In case this is your first time reading my slices, here is my focus for the challenge: my fifth graders and I are participating in the Slice of Life Challenge this month, and they're writing memoirs.  I thought I'd do the same kind of writing - memory writing - throughout the challenge. I'm going to be writing around photographs and memorabilia.


     This is one of my favorite pictures of  Grandpa and Grandma Deaver (my mom's parents).  It is 1960, and I love the way my grandpa is looking at Grandma.  So adoringly.  It's no wonder.  She was smart, independent, beautiful, and fun.  She managed to be no-nonsense and compassionate at the same time.  I loved her wit and sensibility.  My mom talks about how much she loved my dad, and he loved her.  When her great-grandchildren were born, we all started calling her Oma Lou.  She was a twin.  Her name was Lulu, and her sister's name was Lola.  Her friends called her Lou.  I love the stories my mom tells of her childhood - she felt like her parents were perfect.  I thought they were perfect, too.  I loved talking with Grandma.  She was a lifelong learner and was curious about everything.  She was ahead of her times - she was born in 1910, but she believed women should be what they wanted to be - all three of her daughters were educated and extremely intelligent.

     She was a wonderful grandmother.  This afghan she made was loved and passed down to my daughters, who kept it on their beds and brought it on vacations.  Grandma was a card player, so I played many hands of Gin Rummy with her.  We talked about books, politics, matters of the heart - everything.  She was energetic and had a great sense of humor.  That smile on her face was always there.  After my grandpa died, she moved in to a retirement community where she was happy and vibrant for many years. 




     Our whole family celebrated her 90th birthday in 2000.  What a memory that was!  Two short years later, she died of heart failure.  But that heart sure was full of life and love for 92 years, and we'll never forget her!





16 comments:

  1. What a beautiful tribute to an amazing lady. Love that you still have the card you sent her.

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    1. That card was part of a gift she and Grandpa gave me when I graduated from high school -- all the letters, drawings, and cards I had written to them over the years!

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  2. So much love in this post, Holly - your family certainly found ways to always be a part of each others' lives. So beautiful!

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    1. Thank you, Tara. We really did, and I'm sure we have many more memories to build in the future!

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  3. Lovely tribute!! I heard many similarities to my own Gramma Crystal. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for keeping her spirit alive with your words! One of the greatest treasures of blogging, I believe.

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    1. I'm so glad this post reminded you of your own grandmother. Yes, blogging is a way to record all kinds of thoughts and memories!

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  4. Oh how I love reading family stories. I like how you take a picture and use that for your post. Yes, your grandfather looks like he is head over heals for your grandmother. So glad she lived a long life filled with love. Her picture shows a kind face with a twinkle in her eyes. This post made my day. Jackie http://familytrove.blogspot.com/

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    1. She did have twinkling eyes! Thanks, Jackie!

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  5. Holly,
    I really loved this. I have to agree the picture of your grandpa looking at your grandma is a treasure. She sounds like an amazing woman. I'm so glad you shared her story with us.

    Cathy

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  6. It is no surprise that you would have that kind of grandmother. Love the adoring picture of your grandparents together. What wonderful memories you continue to share.

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  7. That afghan in your picture - I have one from my grandma just like it, only mine is shades of green! It must have been the "in" pattern. She seems like a lovely lady. I have enjoyed reading your memoirs!

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    1. Ha - you're right! My husband has one from his grandmother, too. :-)

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  8. I will miss reading about your adventures and your family, Holly! Your grandmother sounds like she could be a central character in the book that I am imagining spinning out of all of these posts. What a wonderful person she must have been!

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  9. I'm going to miss writing about them! Ooh - I like that idea! Thank you, Melanie!

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