Saturday, August 7, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday...I was blessed...

sit a spell and remember...
my grandparents had a cottage on the Cedar River
my brother and I were young
memories

'don't go in there yet' yelled granny
running with a rolled up newspaper to wipe the cobwebs
out of the corners of the outhouse
CREEPY
lookout for that ol' snake under the steps
I run fast
see gramma

gramps would hook up the storm windows to the ceiling
lettin' in the warm summer breeze
through the screens on the porch
'don't sit on them chairs yet
they gotta be wiped down'
granny grabbed an old rag from the basket
and whitened the ol' Adirondack chairs
with a few whacks
dust would fly

same ol' rag safety-pinned to a broom
polished the corners of webs in each musty room
it was the smell of old
as curtains set sail to each opened window
cicada song was the tune that lulled me to sleep
on the giant bouncy bed
my ship of dreams

tall prairie grass fortressing the strawberry bed
me and my brother crawled around
in and out of the shafts
where are you
let's go to the creek and look for craw-daddies
I'll catch that butterfly
go get a peanut butter jar

Gramps planted sweet corn
the best in our world
sweet butter oozed down our chins
fresh butchered chicken
GROSS
but how soon we'd forget
that headless twirling apparition
when the crispy crumbles dotted our shirts
did someone say apple pie
I can still smell the old wooden matches
blown out with a flick o the wrist

sittin' in the porch
listenin' to the old radio tunes
a bath high up in the big ol sink
seersucker jammies
curled up on Granny's lap in a rocker
squeak squeak squeak
wrinkled old hands caress my arm
soft lips on my cheek
I was blessed

Wilbur swat that fly


for my beloved Grandparents
Wilbur and Estelle

I share a glimpse of my treasures from a day's outing...
it's Shadow Shot Sunday down under.
The memories of olden days and a childhood filled with adventures...
these are the days of my life.

30 comments:

Lori R. said...

oh my goodnes... honestly, as I read that, I harked back to my childhood in upper Michigan where my grandparents had a cottage. I actually had 3 cottages I went to as a kid, every summer, for the whole summer... the best memories. I was such a lucky kid and didn't even know it at the time....

sarayutouched said...

...such beautiful heart-felt memories...that take me back with you as your words float on a gentle breeze. our past is what makes us who we are in the present. sadly...many people discard that.

it is a beauty here today...down in the 40's last night...needed the blankets to sleep. enjoy your day sis, i know that you will-no matter what the day brings.

coffee will be on at the usual time...see you then.

Cassie said...

Thank you for sharing your precious memories with us. Shadow Shots are more than mere gray shadows. They're colorful, warm summer nights.

MyMaracas said...

Wow, that really brought back memories of my own childhood. Love the treasures - old things are my favorites.

BLOGitse said...

Oh, what a post!
Full of memories...history...beautiful details...
Have a great weekend!

Ralph said...

A swatter made of durable window screens looks substantial. No fly wanted to see that, ever! It would be the last thing...

Perhaps we are too neat, to prissy these days to let buttery corn and fried chicken to grease up our fingers and clothes. Yet as a kid, family meetings in the shade on a hot day (no A/C back then) that emphasized food and conversation were wonderful.

I am old enough to remember such wonderful days...

Paula Scott said...

I LOVE that fly swatter and the inscription!But, I especially love the amazing tribute to your grandparents. What a legacy they have left you!

Limar said...

What a wonderful post. And photos :)

T said...

What a heartfelt post that is. You were blessed to have your grandparents as a child. I never knew mine. Your writing is so well that I could see everything you were writing. Just lovely. You are a lucky lady!

frayedattheedge said...

What a wonderful post! I only had one set of grandparents, as my Mum was an orphan, and I never saw much of them, which made your memories even more poignant!!

Rosebud Collection said...

What a beautiful memory and so loved..These are the memories that are never forgotten, not how many Ipods/Cd's/etc you have..Can't buy this type of happiness..
Happy SSS.

anka said...

Your story is beautiful. Love the old objects, full of memories. Have a great Sunday!

Gallery Juana said...

Beautiful tribute to your grandparents. Your words created such clear pictures and feelings.

I've never eaten crawdads and was surprised to know my husband caught and ate them as a boy. I didn't even know they existed in California.

hope you're having a good weekend.

Sam said...

This is so lovely - these shadows are rich with memories...

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

That is so beautiful, what wonderful memories you have of your grandparents.

That photo is very cool.

Knicky Knacks said...

Wonderful treasures. I love the fly swatter. Great childhood memories and beautiful shadow shots.

Greyscale Territory said...

Your memories become a beautiful world for us wander! An incredible, beautiful sense of nostalgia floated over me as I walked with you in your yesterday! O this is so wonderful! Sighhhhh

You sound as if you are travelling at a slightly slower pace - spending time to write this for starters! Or is this just an escape before the next hectic activity?

Really missed you last week, but knew you must be busy!

Already our weather is slightly turning! Lots of rain, and more to come! But when the sun peeps out - like now - there is a whisper of Spring warmth! It feels so good!

Enjoy your week dear Sharon! Always thinking of you! BIG HUGS dear sister!

Rusty said...

That brought back memories of my grandparents place deep in the Lauretians. Grandma had a cat named Ollie. She was wondering why Ollie was complaining that there was not enough oatmeal in her breakfast dish. Well it turned out that this big old toad was jumping up on the gallery and eating the cats breakfast! Naturally my grandmother then started putting out an extra dish of oatmeal for Mr.Toad. You know, this went on for at least the next three summers. Mr Toad, and Ollie got along very well together. Ah, many memories of that place. ATB!

sarayutouched said...

...and you are a BLESSING.

Hey Harriet said...

Such beautiful and touching memories. Thanks so much for sharing them with us Sharon. And what a wonderful tribute to your grandparents. A lovely post! Enjoy the rest of your weekend :)

Manang Kim said...

Beautiful memories brings smiles on our face. Great shot!

Sunflower

simplyiowa said...

Hey Sharon...
Love the Life...
It's sad, that those days don't exist, anymore... Maybe, that's why I cherish, this wonderful, old, Soulful stuff... Somehow, it retains those amazing, comforting feelings, when you look at them, or, hold them in your hands...
I was visiting with a woman, who was trying to convince her mid
80's parents, to get rid of... downsize... They were dragging their feet, and she was very frustrated... I looked at her, and asked her, if she would like my oppinion, on how to deal with them... She said, "Yes!"... I said... "Leave them alone. These are their memories...Their life...They may not, have a lot of time left here... why waste it, worrying about all the stuff"... They can have an Auction, later... or, do whatever... But let these folks, enjoy their Gatherings... No matter, if you like it, or not... I asked her, if she would like her children to treat her, the same way... Uh... She hadn't thought of that...
My Love to Ya...
Barb C.

EG Wow said...

Wonderful childhood memories! No wonder you are so fond of antiques and collectibles if they are constant reminder of a joyful past. :)

Ruth said...

Beautiful post! I enjoyed my visit. Thanks for sharing. It brings back memories of my childhood.

Have a blessed weekend.

angelandspot said...

Wonderful!

Pagan Sphinx said...

Very nice! I love how you treasure the past while still moving very much forward.

Lisa's RetroStyle said...

Love the memories and the fly swatter and the shadows:)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for bringing memories of our granparents back so vividly. Your blog is always an oasis in my day.

Kelly Aaron Mosaics said...

Ahhhh . . . I just loved reading your last post. It reminded me of my grandparents farm and their dog named Paco and grandma's hand made quilts. Their farmhouse seemed HUGE. Grandpa would put chalk numbers on the doors upstairs and we pretended like it was a hotel. I wish I could step back . . .

Can't wait to see all of your treasures piled up in your new rabbit hold, seester. Hope you are doing great.

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

....and a good life it is!!
Love the names of your grandparents...and your memories - as always Sharon!!
Have a lovely week!