Wednesday, October 05, 2005

In Memory of My Grandmother

1914 - 1988

Today my grandmother would have been 91 years old. She was an amazing woman, living on a farm alone with three children, in another state - while her husband worked in the family store. My Grandfather would come home on weekends to see his family, and then back to NJ he would go on Sunday night. It was rumored that they moved here from NJ because my aunt had rheumatic fever that cause problems and they had to move from the city. My aunt did have it a child - but I don't know if there was an urgency to leave the city or not. My grandmother never confirmed this story, so I really don't know if it is true.

Arriving here from Poland as a very small child, she learned to speak English - forgetting Polish, and then had to return to Poland with her mother and siblings to take care of the family business. She came back here a few years later - after learning Polish and forgetting English - having to again learn the language. This time, Polish was remembered and used many times while I was growing up to have adult conversations with my Grandfather and not worrying about us understanding a word.

My grandmother was a fantastic cook and a wonderful needleworker. She could do everything - and I mean everything!!! I don't know of a skill that she didn't know - lace net darning, huck embroidery, tatting, crochet, knitting, cross stitch, braided rug making, rug hooking, net making, and I could go on and on! And sew... Oh, she made beautiful clothes! She learned from her mother, and my great-grandmother was a fantastic seamstress. She said they would go to New York City and her mother would ask the kids what clothes they liked, and would come home and make them. Just by looking at them! My grandmother said they were always in fashion and the best dressed around. Sadly, the sewing skills were not passed on to me. :-(

She did pass many of the skills on to both my mother and me - but not all. Cooking was something that she was going to teach me, but became very ill and died before she could really teach me a lot. She took many of my favorite recipes with her - Spinach Soup, Potato Soup, and her Vegetable Soup as well. They were things she did with no recipe, and those were the things that weren't passed on as I was only learning. I do have a lot of her hand written recipes, but the things I remember most weren't written down.

My grandmother was a huge part of my life. I spent every weekend and every summer at the farm with her. We were pretty much inseparable until my later teens when I no longer had much time for hanging around there as I seemed to be dating all the time and doing teen-ager kinds of things. I will always regret that - because during that time, I could have been honing my skills in and learning so much more from her. I had assumed at that point that she would be around for many more years. She went to visit my uncle in another state, was diagnosed there with lung cancer, and she died before I could get there to say goodbye.

I miss you, Grandma.


~drew emborsky~ said...

What an amazing woman and fitting memorial!

tweezle said...

Thanks, Drew - your such a sweetie!

whatever said...

What a wonderful tribute to your Grandma! My Granny left us way back in 1978, but she was just the most perfect Granny & her bday was Oct 4!!
I also wanted to say that I just read your email/post on the Socks x 3 KAL & I, too, have gotten several skeins of palette to do Feather & Fan and the other lace patterns in the book! I just joined the KAL a few days ago, wanted to say hi to another member that I noticed loving the same yarn as! I'm trying to remember off hand which colors that I got, petal to do my 'pink ribbon' socks...peach, mint, blut, hyacinth for the lace socks & then some black for the bobble socks in the back & the stained glass ones..I think that I will just add wooly nylon with the heels and toes bc of the extra wear & tear...AND I have an embarrassing amt of sock yarn for most any other sock project that comes along...LOL! Looking forward to getting to know everyone on the KAL!!

tweezle said...

Thank you so much, Becka! What a coincidence that your Grandma's birthday is so close to mine :-) So sorry to hear she's also gone.

OOOOHHH Your colors sound lovely! I've never tried Knit Picks yarn before, and am so very please with how it is knitting up. I bought 3 balls, and right now it looks like I might be able to get 2 pairs out of them!! :-) When I went to order, almost all the colors were out, but I was thrilled to see the Apricot still in stock, as I really wanted to do some fall colored socks. I will definately be going back for more!! :-)

So nice meeting you - looking forward to getting to know you as well :-)