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Subject: RE: [ARIZARD-L] Who will take grandma?
Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 19:18:34 -0600
What a heartwarming story...all the more so because it's true. Thank you
for sharing such a beautiful memory with the rest of us.
Sent: Wednesday, November 17, 1999 6:23 PM
Subject: Re: [ARIZARD-L] Who will take grandma?
You will be happy to know that my family took Grandma. I grew up from the
age of ten with Grandma (Blankinship) Smith (the one and the same from
Melbourne and Guion) living literally in my backyard. We had an acre in the
city of Tulsa (population 500,000) and she and my parents had their
and flower gardens and to this very day....I am an avid gardner.
How many days did I run home from school and find her in the backyard, under
a shade tree....snapping green beans. Know who taught me to quilt? You
When I graduated from high school in 1973, I was the first in my family to
attend post high school education. I was busy making plans for my first
semester in undergraduate. Grandma's health was failing, everyone knew.
One late summer evening in August of that year, my mother told me that
Grandma wanted to see me. Well, off I went and ran up the stairs to her
garage apartment to see her propped in her bed. She beckoned me over and
handed me a card. Now, my grandmother could neither read or write, but to
this card she had placed her "X".
The card wished me all the happiness and success one could strive for and
tucked inside the card was two, one dollar bills. She teared up and said,
"Honey, I just wanted to help you with your schooling and this is all that I
I hugged her and told her that those one dollar bills would go a long, long
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