I have two Great Grandmas. Grandma Bea, in the winter lives in Petoskey. In the summer she lives at Grandma and Grandpa’s house. Then I get to see her and play with her.
My Great Grandma Reble lives at a nursing home. She got sick and had to go to the hospital. Then she went to the nursing home. She needed 24 hour attention and Oma couldn’t do that.
Great Grandma Reble comes to Omas house sometimes, most of the holidays and birthdays and sometimes just so we can play with her and so I can read more books to her. I sit by Great Grandma for dinner when she’s at Oma’s house.
I like to snuggle. Great Grandma would read to me on her lap when I was littler. Now, sometimes I bring books, and I read to her. I still sit on her lap to read. Great Grandma tells me poems she remembers, I’m going to try to learn some this year. Here is one she told to me when the girls were “stealing” candy from her candy jar.
Clouds (By C. Rossetti)
White Sheep, White Sheep,
On a blue hill,
When the wind stops
You all stand still.
When the wind blows
You walk away slow.
White sheep, White sheep,
Where do you go?
She tells us stories of when she was younger. One time her Dad worked in a cotton field and she got to ride on these big bedsized bags. She walked to school. And then when she was older she drove a school bus.
She rode horses, moved in a covered wagon and a train. Her little sister was sick on the train. Her daddy feed her a very little bit of kerosene. He thought it would make her better.
Great Grandma lived on a farm. She was working in the garden, I think, when her kids came and said the house was changing colors. The house was on fire! She has a rock, it is glass from that house. When Great Grandpa came home from work, he got that bit of glass for them.
We have just started dance lessons. I hope we can eat with her at the nursing home most Fridays. There’s a place by the tv room that we can eat with her. We try to go outside. Of course we talk to her. We snuggle lots, as much as we can.
I love my Great Grandmas!