A lot of our summer vacations were spent visiting my grandparents at their home in North Carolina. They lived on the Intercoastal Waterway and as an adult I can appreciate the beautiful backdrop that is like non-other. As a kid though, I just remember all of the fun we would have there with them. It's where I learned to fish, check crab traps, and water ski. We were taught the art of rocking on a screen porch while sipping sweet tea and watching the boats go by. We would devour an entire watermelon at the picnic table out by the waterway and swing from the rope swing that hung from one of the giant trees. We'd pose by the azalea bushes on Easter Sunday and enjoy Sunday supper there after church.
My grandmother was the perfect southern woman. She exuded beauty, class, and grace. I will always remember how perfectly polished she looked with her scarves, pearls, and broaches...some of which she gave to me and I will treasure now more than ever. She always had her hair perfectly curled and always had her lipstick on. As a little girl I would ask her for lipstick on the way to church and she always let me have some...making me feel so grown up. She would also sneak me pieces of Juicy Fruit chewing gum, which I forever to this day, associate with her.
I wish I had some of the pictures of me as a child with her, but they are all at my parents' house. I'll have to post some when I get them. I do have pictures of her with my children though. She loved them so much and they brought her such joy. When we were at her house over Christmas the kids were amazed that she still had Mother's Day cards and Valentine's hanging they had sent to her over the years, along with any and every picture of them I had ever given her.
|Meeting Handley for the first time|
|Meeting Harper for the first time|