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CAD703X
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re: What do you remember most about your grandparents?
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When my wife's grandfather died, her dad found almost $30k in cash stashed all over his house. He grew up during the depression, so I get it.


one day my uncle told me my grandmother had a washing machine sized box full to the top with comic books (including superman #1) from when they grew up in the 30s-40s.

he got us all excited and we went to visit her and she said 'oh i gave those away to the neighborhood kids a few years ago when i found it in the attic'


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SCgamecock2988
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re: What do you remember most about your grandparents?
Not a lot. My paternal grandmother died when I was 5 and my paternal grandfather when I was 9. My maternal grandmother is still alive, but my maternal grandfather passed away in August 2019. Never saw them much... I last saw my grandmother in December 2019 before the covid bull shite.


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MMauler
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re: What do you remember most about your grandparents?
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I can't repeat the things my Pawpaw said about "the Japs."



my Grandpa also fought in the Pacific



Interestingly, I believe that if he were alive today (he'd be over 100), he would admire the Japanese and what they have done.


sjmabry
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re: What do you remember most about your grandparents?
Not much, but life goes on.


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OnDaLake
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re: What do you remember most about your grandparents?
Had two very different sets of grandparents as well, but didn't have a real relationship with either one.

One lived across the lake in Folsom, only saw them on holidays. Deeply religious people, grandpa had his own big band for a while and a newspaper. Very traditional and well-to-do. Never really connected with them on anything because our lives were so different (Folsom vs Metaire). I remember the long drives to their house, how much land they lived on, the smell of cowhide on their property reminding me of baseball, being nervous to touch anything in the house, and how different I felt around them.

The other set lived down the street from me. High school sweethearts, grandpa served in the Air National Guard and opened am engine repair business that morphed into a boat dealership that's still open today and run by his sons. Man was a PEOPLE PERSON, Italian, always smiling and whistling a tune, jingling change in his pocket, nice to people, hair always impeccably combed and gelled into place, and a stellar reputation. Grandma never had to work a day in her life, or cook really because he took care of EVERYTHING. I remember idolizing how money never seemed to be an issue for them but you'd never know they were wealthy. Grandma said he played the clarinet like Pete Fountain but gave it up to start his business.

Biggest regret is not asking them to teach me music. Both were very talented musicians, both are gone.


Ron Cheramie
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re: What do you remember most about your grandparents?
They always had time to take us fishing

Went to my grandparents every other weekend. They were poor but we didn’t know it. Took us little shitheads fishing all the time. Would go
dig worms and catch crawfish in the ditch and lord have mercy when the catalpa worms were in season she would have us climbing trees getting every single one of them

Never had a boat just bank fished
Pawpaw would get drunk and always have a big dish break his line and he would get to cussing

We kept every damn thing and would clean them and fry them up when we got home

Pawpaw died and grandmother got cancer. She got rail thin and one day she took me fishing when it was real cold and she could not stay out there very long and I knew that was the last time we would fish together Died the next week
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LegendInMyMind
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re: What do you remember most about your grandparents?
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Chocolate gravy??? I’ve NEVER talked to anyone else that was familiar with it. My grandmother has always made it, and thankfully still does!! Over homemade open face biscuits, with a couple big pats of butter!!

Both of my grandmothers made it. One was thin and over homemade biscuits. The other was thicker and over homemade pancakes.

My Mom still makes it. I do, too, occasionally. I'd eat it every day if it wouldn't kill me.


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Jackie Chan
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re: What do you remember most about your grandparents?
Grandma filling us with pancakes no matter the time of day.

Grandpa always saying 'Yes,dear' to grandma while trying to watch golf.


FLObserver
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re: What do you remember most about your grandparents?
Grandma was probably top 3 person's i have had the pleasure of knowing for 40 years of my life. She died a few years back but that was the best 40 years anyone could ask for. Best Cajun Cooking i have ever ate and its not even close. Used to call her every two weeks and we would chat for at least a half hour at a time. Saints games at their place were always fun. Everyone misses her. She was kinda the glue of the family.

Grandpa- Was always in the garden planting anything you could think of. He used to have a trap set out in his yard to catch stray cats. When he caught them he would give me a call and say i have a package i need you to deliver. That met throw the cage and cat in the back of my truck and take him about 5 miles up the road and let him go. The greatest times i had with him though were in college. We would go down to patterson or the basin out by st martinville and fish. I used to give him hell because he would piss like every 20 mins right off the boat. I'd always say how we gonna catch fish with you pissing every 20 mins He died a few years back as well.

Couldnt have asked for a better set Of Cajun Grandparents

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SpotCheckBilly
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re: What do you remember most about your grandparents?
- staying up late and watching old Bob Hope movies with my Granddaddy

- arm wrestling with him -- he always won

- turning the sprinkler on when he was positioning it in my great aunt's yard. I made it around the corner of the house before he caught me.

- my grandmother's wonderful pound cake and key lime pie

- her sweet, quiet nature

- how a steady stream of folks would show up on Christmas eve to drop off "a little something" for Miss Bert. She always ended up with more presents than I had.


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Inadvertent Whistle
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re: What do you remember most about your grandparents?
My grandmother died 2 weeks ago. Pretty much right in front of me and it's been really hard to get those last scenes out of my mind...


But I will always remember how giving she was. She would help anyone that needed it. The way she treated people from all different races and backgrounds. I really think a major reason I work with the public is due to her example of how people should be treated.


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rebel cat
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re: What do you remember most about your grandparents?
Have 3 still alive but one has cancer. The other could die any day in a home.

One doesn’t have the best opinion of black people.

Same as above are very successful but very stingy about money.

The other is very accepting and very religious (not in a hatred way)


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Midget Death Squad
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re: What do you remember most about your grandparents?
Maternal Grandfather:
- Handle of K&B Vodka

- Green seafood gumbo because he pureed the okra. Sounds terrible but it was phenomenal



Maternal Grandmother:
- coffee milk; she would mix up a pitcher of half coffee, half milk and probably 6 cans of condensed milk. It was desert in a cup

- peanut butter and maple syrup dip; she would put a spoonful of peanut butter on side of a bowl then pour the syrup into it. You take bunny bread and scoop up both for a killer treat

- malt o meal loaded with condensed milk (yes there's a trend); I think this is why I love condensed milk so much. I was raised on it. No idea how I'm not obese



My paternal grandfather I never knew, since he died when my dad was 16. My maternal grandmother was in a nursing home until she died when I was 6, so I have no memories of her other than the nursing home.


FLBooGoTigs1
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re: What do you remember most about your grandparents?
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coffee milk;



Yep only way I even attempted coffee when I was younger. Now when my kids came along I could put down a couple pots a day


Dennis Celery
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re: What do you remember most about your grandparents?
My paternal grandfather died when I was 5. But that doesn’t mean he didn’t have a huge impact in young Dennis’ life. Born and raised in Red Lick, Texas on a dairy farm in 1936. The 8th of 9 children with all 6 of his older brothers serving in WWII, Korea, or both. The last memory I have of him is a week or two before he died, I was home sick from school and he watched me. We went to Sam’s Club and picked up some of these microwaveable ham and cheese sandwiches and that was our lunch. It was a great day and the last time I ever saw him alive that I can remember. He was a tough SOB and would be ready to fight at the flip of a switch.

He was the president of the local Teamsters in Shreveport and was so popular and beloved that Rose-Neath funeral home had to basically tell us that we had to leave so they could lock up during his visitation night. There were still people lined up outside the door waiting to pay their respects and the workers needed to close up for the night. A massive Dallas Cowboys fan who would always yell “shut up the Cowboys are playin.” If somebody was being loud during the game. He was a great role model to my dad as to what a father should be and my dad passed that down to my brothers and I.

My paternal grandmother is still alive, however she is so riddled with Alzheimer’s that she’s only babbling like a baby. I guess the best thing I can remember about her without the Alzheimer’s is the after church meals she made every single Sunday of my childhood through probably early high school. We’d all go over after church and she’d have a meal fit for kings waiting for us. Sweetest woman I’ll ever meet and always so generous. Another Texan, she was born in Hooks, Texas, she taught herself how to cook. And her face during Christmas time watch all of us grandkids open presents is seared into my brain.

Both my maternal grandparents passed away in 2020 from COVID-related illnesses. Grandmother on 3/28 and grandfather on 4/9. They were both truly one of a kind people. They were two of the most fun loving individuals I’ve ever met. Season tickets to LSU games for years and always had a massive tailgate. Killed my first deer with my grandfather and my grandmother always had some food in the pantry for us. When I graduated boot camp at Parris Island I’ve never seen my grandfather prouder. I mean he was beaming and his family were all Army men. He’s the one who inundated me with history knowledge and she showed me how a proper southern woman ought to act and what I should look for in a woman. Really both sets of my grandparents showed me how to present myself to the world.

They were all great people and I can’t wait to see them again. Everybody they got to know was the better for it.


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jchamil
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re: What do you remember most about your grandparents?
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Interestingly, I believe that if he were alive today (he'd be over 100), he would admire the Japanese and what they have done.


My grandad was a torpedo pilot in the Pacific and spent two years as a POW after being hit by a kamikaze. He would go out of his way to speak Japanese to tourists he saw here and to be friendly with them. He always said they were just 20 year old boys doing what they were told like he was. Pretty good perspective considering he hasn't had any real teeth since he was 22 because he was beaten and malnourished so bad the rest fell out


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RogerTheShrubber
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re: What do you remember most about your grandparents?
My moms mom married a guy who had a ranch, and I would spend part of my summers there. Worked hard, played hard. Fished a lot, there were several ponds on the spread.

My grandma was an amazing woman in every way. My moms dad died when mom was 11, and grandma had to work two shifts in a chicken processing plant to make ends meet while mom ran the household. Grandmas second husband died of a heart attack two weeks after marriage. Her third marriage was to a rancher who took her away from having to work in the plant.


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GreenRockTiger
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re: What do you remember most about your grandparents?
Plenty of memories - both of my grandma’s could cook really well - they lived well into their 90s

Only knew one grandpa - and he lived with us til he died and I was his favorite - so he was the best


CAD703X
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re: What do you remember most about your grandparents?
on my mother's side, i had a pawpaw.

didnt occur to me he was the same as my grandad because they were COMPLETELY different people.

he was french; first generation settled in farmerville and my only memories of him are when he lived with us and used to send my 7yo brother to the 7-11 to get tobacco. he would sit and roll cigarettes all day long and lick the paper closed.

i could barely understand him but i liked the way he smelled (like fresh tobacco).
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HeadSlash
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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


Italian?


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