Grandma’s checkered apron | The Era-Leader

Throughout my life growing up my grandmother had a handful of sayings she repeated. I wish I had written many of them down which are now lost in time. We can Google how to store files on a computer system, but we will never be able to I remember some that are stored deep in my memory and every now and then they will pop up when I am talking.

One day my son was talking about changing occupations and before I knew it I said, “A rolling stone gathers no moss.” Grandma used to tell us that when we discussed changes in our lives. When I would talk to her about a person who had hurt my feelings she would say, “Sour grapes.” She would tell us, “If you lie with dogs you will rise with fleas.” And my all-time favorite was her saying about not being able to change people. “You can’t straighten a bent twig. ”

And they packed a punch of truth that a long lecture could never replace. When we granddaughters would sit around her kitchen fireplace talking about our crazy antics she would laugh and say, “You girls shock my modesty. “We would find this hilarious because we were barely skating on the inappropriate. And if we persisted she would say,” I’m going to put you over my checkered apron. “That meant it was time to redirect the conversation. grandmother never wore a checkered apron.

When my grandmother was little she rode on a horse-drawn wagon into town to shop at what is now the Varnado Store Museum. They walked to church and many other places. Later in her life they would ride a school bus into town that had a long bench going down the middle of it for the children to sit on. She was one of the older students by then.

My grandmother saw many things in her lifetime from the transition to automobiles to spaceships flying to the moon. She went from eating from a garden to stocking her deep freezer with TV dinners which were the coolest invention to be followed by the amazing microwave. She saw bathrooms go from little outside houses to indoor plumbing, and wood burning stoves replaced by installed ovens.

Throughout the expansion of mankind and modern inventions she maintained her beliefs and ethical standpoints. She practiced the traditions of holiday celebrations using her real glasses and silverware. She sang in the choir with the elderly even though we figured out she was just moving her lips. People sat down to eat a meal and they prayed before they did it. And when crazy things would come up in the news she would just shake her head. She never beat people over the head with her Christian beliefs but she could give a person a stare that brought instant shame if they were “acting a fool.”

Now that I have four grown sons and four grandsons in this world that seems turned on its ear, I often hear her words in my head. Things shock my modesty and some days I want to put many over my checkered apron that I have never worn I wish I had her dictionary of sayings that summed things up so sharply and quickly that argument was unnecessary. According to my boys I may not have gotten her words, but I certainly inherited her stare. Maybe I should just start using that look more often and simply say, “What Grandma said.”

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