My Children and Their Great-great-aunt

September 17, 2011 by socialbookstatus  
Published in Motherhood

Aunt Gertie used to make buttermilk for my parents when she was well into her 80s. And she was still alive when I married and had kids.

Aunt Gertie used to make buttermilk for my parents when she was well into her 80s.  And she was still alive when I married and had kids. 

So I used to take Adam and Brian to visit her.  Recently, Adam asked me how he was related to her .  I was surprised he recalled the visits as he was so young.

When I married the first time, I asked Aunt Gertie if she wanted to go.  Like all older people I knew, she preferred to stay at home all the time.  But she did buy some nice orange towels for a gift. 

Since she could not hear well, I would call her from the pay phone at the store on the corner.  Sometimes she would not hear the iron bell outside the door.  But her phone had a flashing mechanism on it.  And as she aged and was less able to cook, she loved the new entrée at KFC- homemade biscuits. 

She knew I was married, but I never told her when I divorced.  She asked me once, so I told her.  She just said that sometimes things don’t work out.  And went on. 

On one visit when the boys and I were there, we were talking about how things were before they were born.  When electricity happened and before cars were motorized.  And even before most streets were paved.  It had little Bri deep in thought.  He must have been no more than three.  On the way home he asked, “Mama what’s been happened since I was borned?” 

I told him computers were invented since his birth.  And we had a whole recent history lesson.  They were even amazed that the thing in her kitchen was actually a washing machine.  It was from around the 1940s if I remember correctly.

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