Gut Rumbles

April 24, 2006

she was just a kid

I visited my 94 year-old grandmother yesterday and she started talking about why she married my grandfather. "He was a good catch," she said, "I was afraid that somebody else would get him if I didn't."

Wimmen. Always scheming and calculating...

Next month, Mommie will be 95. She married my grandfather when she was 16 and had five children by the time she was 23. I have trouble wrapping my mind around that fact today. She was a mother of five when she wasn't much more than a kid herself.

Ah, the stories she can tell...


They have some interesting tales sometimes, don't they? When I was a kid, I used to talk to my great-grandad quite a bit; he grew up in the 1880's here in the west. When he was in his early teens, he worked along side Civil War veterans, and was involved in the sheep and cattle wars along the Wyoming border. At 14 he was caught by some cattlemen who were going to hang him, but let him go because of his age. Wish he was still around to ask him more questions...

Posted by: BobG on April 24, 2006 12:00 PM

Best to listen to 'em and record 'em while she's still around - and she couldn't ask for a better amanuensis than you. (How's that for a fifty-cent word?)

Posted by: Elisson on April 24, 2006 02:00 PM

Well you have to figure, the life expectancy in the late 1800s to early 1900s was around 40something years. 24 was middle age.

Posted by: Buddy on April 24, 2006 02:11 PM

Elisson is right. You should record her.

Posted by: caltechgirl on April 24, 2006 05:24 PM

I LOVE to talk to old people and hear their stories. I don't think most people realize how lucky we are to have these few old people left who can remember when the only people who had radios were the rich people and many people lived in dirt floor homes. My great grandfather died recently and I miss his stories. They are stories that our grand children will never have the priveledge of hearing first hand. It's a shame.

Posted by: Dawn on April 25, 2006 10:25 AM

My one grandmother had interesting stories; like when Panch Villa burned down her house when she was a small girl.

Posted by: BobG on April 25, 2006 11:06 AM

Write those stories down, tape record them but get them. I managed to get a few of my Grandmother's and parents stories but not all of them, wish I had been able to. That's a very special library that's there and it needs to be kept for posterity. What your Grandmother has lived through and seen are true history. All the best.

Posted by: Aquila on April 26, 2006 01:47 AM

My g/f's brother just called, seems his second wife of 14 yrs just gave him the get lost, I'm in love with the local farmer in the dale!

What the hell, she has what women seem to get today, his seed, for HER kids, and HIS money!

What more could a gal desire anyway?

Posted by: TC on April 26, 2006 05:06 AM
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