Five Things Friday: Remembering Grandma

The last 48 hours have gone by in a slow blur. A couple weeks ago my Grandma Mary passed away and we just had the visitation and funeral. I helped my mother write down some things about Grandma, and then spoke on her behalf today.

My Five Favorite Memories of Grandma Mary

1. Playing Cards

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We still have a huge white board with the rules to Hand and Foot permanently etched into it. Add a “Knee” and we were guaranteed to be up past our bedtime. I don’t think I’ll be able to play Golf without tasting homemade bread or cinnamon rolls.

 

2. Homemade Chicken Paprikash

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Look at all the tiny noodles! They’re supposed to be small, but my mom and I like them bigger. If I helped make them, I tried to get away with making the noodles bigger, but Grandma would wrench the plate away from me and then do it herself. So stubborn!

 

3. Bowling

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That’s me bowling a gutter ball. Grandma taught me how to bowl, but I’m just no good at it. However, Grandma was a bowler for 40 plus years and won around 50 silver and gold medals!

4. Moccasin Shoes

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She had indoor and outdoor moccasin shoes, I’ll always remember that.

 

5. Visiting Her in Florida

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A couple years after high school, I took my first solo vacation by driving down to visit Grandma in Florida. We went to the beach a couple of times and I got horrifically lost trying to find DisneyWorld. I loved having Grandma drive me around in the golf cart. It was mid-December and so odd to see Christmas lights on palm trees.

I have so many wonderful memories. Family ice-cream outings. Hosing off shells in her driveway. Watching bull riding. I was so excited that she could be a part of my wedding last year.

Grandma Mary lives on forever in my heart…and I’m making chicken paprikash this weekend.

-Kristina Wise

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