June 25, 2001    





What is your "grandma" memory?

My maternal grandmother lived until she was 97 and was compos mentis to the end, so I have many wonderful memories of her. For her 85th birthday, my husband and I took her to England. We began the trip with a visit to friends, during which she tumbled down a flight of stairs and broke her wrist. After a morning in the emergency room and a day in bed, she was up at dawn demanding we get back on the road. She marveled at all the sights, enjoyed having a fuss made over her when we stopped for pub lunches ("Were you in an auto smash, luv?"), and fell into bed exhausted each night, but took great delight in the whole trip. When we got back home, she came down with a cold and allowed herself a few days of being an invalid, but she wasn't going to let her birthday treat be spoiled by anything. Her spirit was truly indomitable.

Jane, 60
West Linn
, OR   USA

My grandmother died when I was about 7 or 8 years old, and I don't really remember her.

etoile, 20

The only grandmother I knew was an old she-devil, a very unpleasant person.  She thought she should be terribly popular because she cheated at Chinese Checkers to let us win. We were taught not to cheat.

Jill, 60

WEll, my "grandma" is technically my great grandma (88). And she thankfully still with us. When I went to her house as a child, I remember the smell of her house. She had a gas stove instead of electric and the slight smell of gas plus her yummy food was always a warm welcome.

etoile, 20

Both my grandmothers died when my parents were children.

Laura, 36

Memories I have of both of my grandmothers revolve around food. I remember Gram (my mother's mother) making great donuts from a recipe none of us can now find (musta been in her head) and Gramma (my dad's mother) making fresh baked bread almost every day (she lived with my family until I was about 12, so that was cool).

Felicia, 35

I'm not sure. I have a lot of good ones.

Karen, 21

I don't know if there's just one memory I can pick out, but I'll tell you this....there's a scent. My Nana wore a perfume that I've never smelled on anyone else so that makes it hers and hers alone. Somehow I came across an old bottle of it when someone was cleaning out an old drawer and snagged it up. Now, whenever I want to feel close to her, I just pop the top and take a deep inhalation of my Nana!

Tracy, 24
Ocean City

I only remember her being kind and gray haired. I was nine and she was staying with us for a short time and got sick with Cancer and she slept in my room and I remember when she started to get worse and then went to the hospital. I remember loving her alot. But have no other memories I don't know if I blocked out the rest because of what she died from or what. I have a picture of her and have started my geneology and found that she came into Ellis Island in 1904 at the age of 17 from England and was by herself. She later married my grandfather in Cleveland, Ohio and here to find out moved all the way from New York to Cleveland, Ohio and then to Ravenna, Ohio and my mother was born in Ravenna. Interesting because I have lived in the area for the last 27 years.

Marci, 56
, OH   USA

I hardly remember my grandmother as she died when I was young.  But when I think of her, a multi-colored granny square afghan automatically appears in my mind. So she must have made one and had it in her house and for some reason, that's what I remember.

Reba, 51
, MD   USA

My grandmother was very elderly and sickly and didn't get around much by the time I was old enough to remember. But she did make the best damn homemade tapioca pudding in this world - from scratch!

Fisch, 45
, CT   USA

I don't know, both my Grandma's are still alive so perhaps the best is yet to come since I can't think of anything right now.

Dianne, 16
Ontario  CANADA

One of my grandmothers lived in the south of ENGLAND. A few years ago my family paid her a visit with a birthday cake. We were sitting outside - my family, my grandmoter, and a few relatives, eating this cake. I remember it was very peaceful and very pleasant.

Shanna, 16
Cardiff  ENGLAND

I can't pick out a specific memory, but my favorite times with my Nana have always been just sitting on her back porch with a glass of iced tea on a warm summer day, talking and laughing together.

Jennifer, 19

I never knew my grandparents, so I don't have any.

Anjel, 20

when i was around four or five years old, my grandmother used to babysit me in her apartment. i had a very good attention span when i was younger and since she couldn't quite keep up with me (she's 91 now), she taught me how to sew. i still have the little things me and her sewed together - a pin holder, doll's clothes, etc... she had a lot of fun doing it and i did too. she especially liked the funny way i threaded the needle (i used to lick the thread so it would fit in better), and she used to demonstrate that to her coffee friends and they all thought i was a cute kid.

Karen2, 15

When she asked me if I wanted her lunch. It was the most disgusting looking meal ever. She was very sick, so she needed all mushed up food. She offered it to me even though she needed it for her health.

Eric, 19
Beverly Hills

I never know my grandparents. they passed away before I was born.

Janet, 42
E. Brunswick

I live with my Grams, so I have a million great memories and I cherish them all.

Jaden, 21
Brampton, Ontario  CANADA

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