A Look Backwards Courtesy of my Grandma
My Grandma (Dad’s Mom) is turning 86 years old on August 28th. She left me a voice mail last weekend which lead to an email exchange. Just putting up some of what she said because it was a cool look back…
It was such a wonderful thing for Grandpa and I to see our lovely family on our sixtieth anniversary, and it meant so much to us to have you here for that celebration. He was a great man, and loved his family so very much…you all were, and are, our beautiful life!!! Grandpa and I were so fortunate in finding each other at such a young age!!!
We started dating when we were just 15, and he joined the U.S. Army Air Force during WWII, before graduation, as so many of our young men did, and he called me from Madison, WI where he was stationed at Truax Field, and asked me if I would come out there and marry him before he went overseas.
We were just 18 years old, but I said “yes” and my mother and sister went out with me for our wedding. It was at a beautiful wedding in the student chapel of the Presbyterian Church on the campus of the University of Wisconsin [in August], 1944!!
We had a beautiful wedding, and while we were being married in the chapel, there was a GI out in the social hall playing “boogie-woogie” on the baby grand piano!!! Pretty neat!!! The minister who married us, told us he felt we would be very happy, since we had known and loved each other for three years! He said many young people came to him to be married and had only known each other a few months!!
Two months later, your Grandpa was sent overseas to the China/Burma/India theater, and that was in October of 1944. His plane was shot down once, but he and most of the others parachuted safely to the ground, where he was taken prisoner for a short time.
When he came home from the war in January 1946, we started our family, and were blessed with three great children, six wonderful grandchildren, and later eight precious great-grandchildren!!! Grandpa got to see all of them.
[Your sister] and [brother-in-law] brought the children to see us when [their youngest] was just eight months old. They and the rest of the family left to go back home on Sunday evening, and two nights later, Grandpa suffered a massive heart attack in the middle of the night, when his aorta ruptured close to his heart, and he died almost instantly!!
Bless his heart, he didn’t have to suffer, but I miss him so much!!!! It is almost four years, but it doesn’t get any easier!!! He was such a special man, and we loved each other so much!!! It would have been our 67th anniversary next month, but he was with me for 63 years and nine days of our married life!!!
Did I ever tell you how we got together? We were in high school and I was in the girl’s rest room combing my hair one morning and there was another girl there doing the same, who I didn’t know. She kept smiling at me in the mirror, and finally said, “You’re Sara W., aren’t you?”
I replied, yes, and then she said, “Boy, has my brother got a crush on you!” I asked her who her brother was, and she told me Bob C. I told her I didn’t know him, and she replied, “Well, he sure knows you!” Then she left.
Two days later when our [yearbook] pictures came out, I was walking to my locker and there was this handsome young man standing there with a big smile on his face!!! He introduced himself, and we chatted a minute or so, and he asked if I would like to exchange [yearbook] pictures. Of course I said I would, and he asked if he could come to my house on Friday night.
That started a beautiful romance!!! Never ended!!! We were married, he went overseas, came back, we set up housekeeping, and you know the rest!!! I still love him with all my heart!!!
Even to me this seems like a 50s TV show or something but this is my genealogy obsessed Mayflower Family Grandma. She is probably the nicest and happiest person I’ve ever met on this planet so lay off for her gratuitous use of exclamation marks. She’s a great example for our family even though she’s got such hard case grand children, such as myself.
Anyway I just thought this was cool and wanted to share with the Lizards. Love you Grandma. Peace ya’ll.