Friday, January 20, 2006

For Mommas & Grandmommas Everywhere

When I'm an old lady, I'll live with each kid,
And bring so much happiness...just as they did.
I want to pay back all the joy they've provided,
Returning each deed! Oh, they'll be so excited!
(When I'm an old lady and live with my kids)

I'll write on the walls with reds, whites and blues,
I'll bounce on the furniture while wearing my shoes.
I'll drink from the carton and then leave it out,
I'll stuff all the toilets and oh, how they'll shout!
(When I'm an old lady and live with my kids)

When they're on the phone and just out of reach,
I'll get into things like sugar and bleach.
Oh, they'll snap their fingers and then shake their head,
And when that is done, I'll hide under the bed!
(When I'm an old lady and live with my kids)

When they cook dinner and call me to eat,
I'll not eat my green beans or salad or meat,
I'll gag on my okra, spill milk on the table,
And when they get angry...I'll run...if I'm able!
(When I'm an old lady and live with my kids)

I'll sit close to the TV, through the channels I'll click,
I'll cross both my eyes just to see if they stick.
I'll take off my socks and throw one away,
And play in the mud until the end of the day!
(When I'm an old lady and live with my kids)

And later in bed, I'll lay back and sigh,
I'll thank God in prayer
and then close my eyes,
My kids will look down with a smile slowly creeping,
And say with a groan,
"She's so sweet when she's sleeping!"

God Bless All Grandmas Everywhere ****I did not write this poem!!

The people above are my maternal great grandparents. This photo was taken at a family reunion at their home in WV, in about 1947. I know I have written about them before, but I cannot find the post. They were married 77 years, and died at the ages of 93 and 97, three months apart. They had six children and lived on a working farm where they grew all their food. I remember them as the kindest, sweetest people who ever lived.


kontan said...

i love that poem!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Hey Judy...
Michele sent me tonight! I love this post..what an increddible couple your Great Greats must have been...And to think they were married for that ong a time...God Bless Them....How lovely that you have such WONDERFUL memories of them, too!

srp said...

The poem is great. And the couple... 77 years... don't know if I could have ever made it that long.

Syar said...

hey, michele sent me.

what an awesome poem. I can't say I ever really knew either of my grandmothers, and now its too late to even start.

so this one struck a chord.

good post. :-)

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Michele sent me back again Judy..She is funny that way, isn't she? (lol)
Always good to be here!

mar said...

Wonderful post, Judy. I just happen to be looking through old pictures to scan...Such great memories!

Peter said...

Hi Judy, great poem wow 77 years, I'm going to some friends 60th anniversary in February, that seems a lifetime.

Laura said...

Got a kick out of this one. Actually, I got a kick out of scrolling back through your posts, because I haven't really been able to blog very much all week long. I had a big grin on my face reading through some of these posts!

and this commment from your other post was sooooo true: "so many of today's role models have no talent except perhaps for titillation and the ability to shock. Most of the women on the list below have great resumes of acting roles in both movies and TV. Their reputations for excellence will last long after they have exited public life."
I'm going to paste that one to an email and send it out! Very True!

Loved the Burma Shave signs too. Florida has some of those signs on it's highways as you get close to the GA/Fl border. They don't end with the Burma Shave logo,. however, so I think they stole 'em. lol

JustSue said...

Hello! Michele sent me!
What a lovely poem - and thank you for sharing the story about your great-great-grandparents. Married 77 years! Wow! That is beyond impressive. There was obviously a lot of love in that relationship!

Dave said...

Great post, here from Michele's this time. I feel that I must look up some old pictures of my relatives now.

Karen said...

All I can say about your grandparents is, WOW! How inspiring.

Karen said...

77 years?! That is amazing and inspiring!

Love the poem. I often threaten my daughter that if she doesn't behave I'm going to live with her when I'm older. She simply says she'll put me in a home!

Here from Michele's!

Lazy Daisy said...

Hi Michele sent me...loved the poem. My husband is always telling our son that when he has his own home that is how he will act. My son always answers: "You do, and I won't invite you back!"

road apples said...

odd how people who have been married a long time pass at about the same time. it is as if their world is somewhere else waiting for them.

Tan Lucy Pez said...

WOW! I'm in awe of this. Amazing.

Wordnerd said...

Really sweet post...the pic reminds me an awful lot of my great-grandparents. Talk about total devotion to each other through the best and worst of times. Wow.

Joy Des Jardins said...

Hi Kenju,

This is the first time I've been to your's great! I love this poem. I'll be back...

utenzi said...

I'll send that poem to my Mom, Judy. She'll love it. It kinda scares me!

Jamie Dawn said...

It's payback time!!!! Very funny!

Don't you just love that picture? I am fascinated when I look at our old photos of family I never even had the opportunity to meet.

poopie said...

That photo is awesome!!

Pink Pen said...

Here from Michele's. That poem, while funny, is really scary. Please don't send it to my parents. *Grin*

lisa said...

Thanks for visiting Lam(b) today. Nice to see ya!

Shelli said...

So cool! Thank you for sharing this poem and the story of your gggrandparents.

Duke_of_Earle said...

Cute poem! But next time go ahead and take credit. We'll believe you.


OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Well, guess who sent me here once again, Judy??? Can't guess? Awwwww, I know you know! Intials: M.A. (LOL)

Always happy to visit you, my dear Judy.

Merle said...

Judy ~ A great post. 77 years must be near a record, especially in those days. I am glad that you got to know them so well. Some of us are not so fortunate.
Thanks for your visit and comment.
Children are smarter than we think. I used to think I knew lots more than my grandchildren,
but now they seem to know more than I do. We still have an
advantage in general knowledge
and things experience has taught us. Have a nice weekend.

OldHorsetailSnake said...

This is just great. What do they say, Payback is...something.??

A fine find, poetry-wise, kiddo.

Merle said...

Great post and poem. 77 years must
be close to a record, especially in those days. You were lucky to
know them, some of us are less
I used to think that I knew more than my grandchildren, but am happy now to admit that they know
more than I do. We do still have
the advantage of experience and
general knowledge.!!!
Have a nice weekend.

Raehan said...

That's perfect!!

Killired said...

i love the poem! i'm going to have to send the link to my mom to read! thanks!

Killired said...

i love the poem! i'm going to send the link to my mom to read!

ps your prissy pig is cute!
i played with her... gave her a bath and fed her some apples... much more exciting than pinkie, my fish on my site....

Star said...

I love that photo. It's nice that you have it to remember them by.

ribbiticus said...

wonderful poem! and what a fitting tribute to your grandparents who were obviously much loved! :)