Great Grandma

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 tells me poemsGreat 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!

5 thoughts on “Great Grandma”

  1. Mark,

    Great story! You also have a great grandmother Green in Colorado. Did you know that her mother (your great great grandmother Bower) is living in Fort Scott, Kansas in a nursing home. She is around 96 years old.

    Love, Opa

  2. Mark,
    Great story. Great grandma was actually in the barn milking the cows when the fire started. There was a big blizzard outside. Great grandpa was driving the school bus, trying to get the children home from school and was stuck on a ranch south of his home.

    You can ask Ggrandma about this the next time you visit her. I will ask Uncle Bill and Uncle Lawrence about it,too.

    Love you lots,

  3. Mark,
    Have you heard the saying that “a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down”?
    Well, when Ggrandma’s sister was sick on the train, her dad gave her a little kerosene with a spoonful of sugar. It did help to make her better.

    Keep writing!

  4. I like your web site and I like your storys.
    The fire was in the winter during a blizzard and grandpa was away driving his school bus, it was actually a car and he only had one child that he had to take home. The snow was so bad that he had to stay all night. The next day after the house burned down he came home with two ranch employees on a horse then they went back and took their horse with them. We had to stay with neighbors for a while until we got a place to stay in a building at the school house where the teachers usually stayed.

    Keep up the good work.

    Love great Uncle Bill

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