Friday, November 2, 2012

My Grandma - Five Minute Friday

Today's Five Minute Friday word is "roots:"


I have only a few treasured pictures of us together. This one sits in a tiny ornate frame on top of the piano. I sometimes sit and look at it with great longing. The pictures are my only "memory." She died when I was two.

I hunger for stories about her. In my heart she is the strong root system I am  thankful to draw from. She came to this country as a five year old child having sailed on a big ship from Italy with her mother. She didn't get to go to school because her little sister wasn't old enough and she had to stay home with her.

When she was thirteen an arrangement took place, and she was married. It turned out well. I always smile when my Mom says she grew to be taller than her husband. She worked hard - so very hard. She lost several babies - a six month old daughter to blood poisoning (just a little scratch from a rusty piece of metal). The hardest was the five year old son - meningitis. In her grief she ripped out a piece of her own hair. It never grew back.

She took in family members who immigrated from Italy - caring for them until they could get settled. She worked when there wasn't enough money from my Grandfather's barber shop and hocked what little precious jewelry she had to make ends meet.

She was a midwife - the one the neighbors called when there was sickness they couldn't deal with. During the great flu epidemic she went with the doctor from house to house. No one in her family ever got sick.

She is my precious Grandmother. She is part of my roots. I miss her dearly.


Joining Lisa-Jo today at Five Minute Friday



  1. What a wonderful grandmother! And to think .. we complain? I wish you could have had more years with her.

  2. She sounds like an amazing woman!

  3. Thanks for the story of your grandmother.

  4. Thanks for sharing your amazing Grandma with us. My Grandma died when I was two also. I don't know very much about her, but I would like to think we would have been close.

  5. Oh, Linda, sounds like your grandmother was a gem! I can see why you long to have had the chance to know her personally. Still, she must have influenced you greatly by her wonderful life example.

  6. Thank you for sharing .... my grandmothers influenced was so very important in my life. Not many pics with her ... but I love her dearly. She died in 1998. I still miss her.

    Much love,

  7. This is an amazing tribute, Linda. I feel like you could write a whole, long story with her as the central character.

  8. This is an amazing tribute, Linda. I feel like you could write a whole, long story with her as the central character.

  9. What a gift to have such an amazing influence in your life like that, Linda. Such a strong woman! That photo is precious!!

  10. Lovely story.

    I just tagged you and I hope you play along!