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CAD703X
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What do you remember most about your grandparents?
The 'up early' thread got me thinking about what unique people my grandparents were. My favorite memories:

- my brother and i spotted the 'theft control' guy hiding in the middle of sears in a little catwalk in the middle of the store. he followed us (and my grandmother) out of the store bitching about how us pointing him out could lead to someone stealing something. my grandmother dressed him down to the point he was mumbling 'yes ma'am' and 'no ma'am' and she finished off her dismantling of him by saying 'come here and let me fix your tie. you look like a slob.' and then she adjusted his tie and sent him on his way.

- going to coca cola bottlers and pulling around back with empty bottles in wooden crates and they would exchange them for 6 1/2 oz cokes and chocolate soldiers. she kept these in an external room at her house and would send us out there to get one to put in the fridge when we visited.

- my granddad fussing at me for sleeping until 6am and having to make 'late breakfast' for me

- my grandad being best friends with a black man named sam and we would go to his shotgun house and he'd always have sweet potatoes cooling on the washing machine fresh out of the oven and my granddad and he would grab one and eat the whole thing while standing there even if it burned their fingers.

- my grandad knew EVERYONE. when i'd visit we'd hop in his red AMC hornet and sell table knives and ball point pens out his trunk all over town.

- an old mechanic one time telling me my dad and 2 uncles together didn't add up to a pimple on my grandad's butt. ..and my uncle looking him dead in the eye and saying "you're right"

- jokers wild, price is right and TBS wrestling on tv with my grandmother.

- moonshine brand syrup with the little tiny cans of hungry jack biscuits. we couldn't afford hungry jack at home so we ate hy-top biscuits so visiting them was a LUXURY for breakfast.

- walking for miles on the levee behind their house on south grand down and exploring the scary haunted hospital and LTI.

- giant cottonheads coming over the levee into their backyard and my grandad not batting an eye taking them out with a shovel.

- their neighborhood going to shite and my grandmother inviting the meth-addicted neighbor who moved in next door over for lunch and chewing him out to get his life together. he just kept his head down saying 'yes ma'am. yes ma'am.'


Salmon
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re: What do you remember most about your grandparents?
- fishing with my Grandpa and the only food he would bring was sardines and crackers

- my Grandma crocheting all day, every day

- my Meemaw sweeping her dirt driveway

- my Pawpaw burying $5k in a jar in his yard and never telling us where he buried it and me and my Dad digging holes all over their yard when he died trying to find it
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WestCoastAg
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re: What do you remember most about your grandparents?
my grandpa didnt have the best opinion of black people


HempHead
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re: What do you remember most about your grandparents?
My paternal grandfather had someone make him a craps table that he practiced on every day. That sombitch loved to gamble.


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ksayetiger
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re: What do you remember most about your grandparents?
still making memories with my 93 year old grandma


CMBears1259
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re: What do you remember most about your grandparents?
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my Pawpaw burying $5k in a jar in his yard and never telling us where he buried it and me and my Dad digging holes all over their yard when he died trying to find it


Cliffhanger?

Did you find the $$$?


Salmon
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re: What do you remember most about your grandparents?
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Cliffhanger?

Did you find the $$$?


Yes, we eventually rented a metal detector and found the jar

it was buried like 5' from the front door


WWII Collector
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re: What do you remember most about your grandparents?
That they loved me, but what a spoiled unappreciative brat I was back then.


FredBear
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re: What do you remember most about your grandparents?
quote:

What do you remember most about your grandparents?



Being people who worked for everything they had. Which makes them anathema to the left wing


HempHead
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re: What do you remember most about your grandparents?
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Being people who worked for everything they had.


I'm guessing most folks here had grandparents born in the '10s or '20s?


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carhartt
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re: What do you remember most about your grandparents?
That my Grandma had more food in her house than anyone I’ve ever known. And she was willing to cook any of it at any time.

And my Grandad had the biggest Playboy collection I’ve ever seen.
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kingbob
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re: What do you remember most about your grandparents?
grandma's cooking
how she didn't like to get her picture taken
how she pretended he hated our dog, but would spoil it rotten every time she came over
eating at Ryan's or Taste of China
Jewish holidays


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FredBear
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re: What do you remember most about your grandparents?
quote:

I'm guessing most folks here had grandparents born in the '10s or '20s?



Mine were born in the 00's


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777Tiger
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re: What do you remember most about your grandparents?
Don’t know how many grand/great grandkids my grandmother had,
dozens at least,but she had a knack for making every single one feel like they were her favorite


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The Spleen
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re: What do you remember most about your grandparents?
I was super close to my maternal grandmother. I was devastated the day she died right as I was starting high school in the late 80's. I still have a jewelry box of hers that smells like her - Chanel No 5 with just a touch of vodka. Grammy loved her vodka, but never before 3PM.

My favorite memory of her is when she took me to see a Muppets movie when I was 5 or 6. Afterwards we went for ice cream(she instilled in me my love for ice cream) and I got chocolate ice cream all over my shirt. Knowing how upset my brother would be when we got home and saw the ice cream on my shirt, she went into the store next to the Baskin Robbins and bought me a new shirt to change into.

She also always had a pack of Wrigley's Doublemint gum in her car, so I keep some in my glovebox still so my car always smells like her car did.

I didn't have much of a relationship with my maternal grandfather. He was an alcoholic and treated his family like shite. Both of my paternal grandparents died when I was young so I never really knew them.


PJinAtl
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re: What do you remember most about your grandparents?
I came along late in my parents' lives, so both my grandfathers were gone when I was born.

Dad's parents were English, but had been in the states some 60+ years. When I was a wee lad, my kindergarten or first grade class did a program where we sang patriotic songs. Mom had recorded it and was playing it for dad's mom. While the group was singing "America" on the recording, my grandmother was softly singing "God Save the King/Queen."


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Rando
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re: What do you remember most about your grandparents?
My pawpaw worked from run-up until sundown until he was 85.

From 20-45 he headlighted 7 nights a week. He delivered deer to most of the elected officials in a few parish area and kept his kids fed. He also kept about 10-15 poor black families fed.

He was racist against the black race... But his best friend was black and never met a black person he didn't like. An odd juxtaposition.

He did not break the law in any other way besides killing deer out of season. Didn't drink. Didn't speed.

He was very serious, but his eyes were always smiling. As if he was about to pull a prank and see the result.

When old ladies were widowed, he'd bring grand kids so it wasn't improper and help them with their homes.

He had no concept of money, my grandmother had his wallet 99% of the time. He sold crawfish for $40 a sack, used a push pole instead of an engine, and when his wife passed realized he was a millionaire.


He was refjected from military service during ww2 by every bramch for having an enlarged heart. He kept applying until they pet him enlist and stay at the port of embarcation in new orleans. At age 75 he found out he never had an enlarged heart.

He's the greatest man I've ever known or ever will know.


Hangover Haven
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re: What do you remember most about your grandparents?
My paternal Grandfather was like 5’2” but he had the attitude of someone 6”10... He was a successful business man, my grandmother cooked and cleaned an already spotless house..
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Jim Rockford
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re: What do you remember most about your grandparents?
Lots of things. I think of them every single day and they've been gone more than 25 years.

When we would stay with my paternal grandparents, my grandfather would stay up long after everybody went to bed. He would sit at the kitchen table smoking cigarettes and thinking. I always wondered what he was thinking about. Now I know.


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northshorebamaman
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re: What do you remember most about your grandparents?
the polygamy probably


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