I love this picture of my grandparents, Wilma and Elbert Pope. It was taken before my grandfather went to war and probably around the time they got married. They look so young and happy. I spent a lot of time with them as a young girl and a teenager. My parents divorced when I was eight and so on weekends I would bike over to their house and spend the weekend with them.
Much time was spent playing cards or Yahtzee at their kitchen table. Grandpa would be cooking a pot of pinto beans and grandma would be making fried potatoes and cornbread. Yummy! They would go to bed and I would make a pallet on the floor out of all the blankets and quilts grandma had. The TV would be on and we watched the “Late, Late Picture Show.” They would play 3 movies in a row and most of them would be the singing musicals or the ones with swimming ladies in the pool. I always wondered what those would be like in color.
My favorite musical was Yankee Doodle Dandy about George M. Cohen. I would stay up to watch every single one and then sleep till I smelled the coffee. In the morning we would again sit around the table and watch the birds or squirrels sitting in the big wooden box my grandpa built for such a thing. At some point I would make some hash browns with scrambled eggs. That is all I knew how to cook at the age of 12.
I miss those weekends some times. I always felt at home and I could be myself. It is where life stayed the same. As I look back on those memories it was my safe haven. Where I did not really have to grow up. I miss them both so very much. But what a sweet memory to have!
Thanks for taking time to share this with me.
Grace to you