- Grandmas Memories
November 19, 1997, at the Acapulco Restaurant:
When they first moved to 1916 Lansing, streets werent paved, just gravel. But between the
house & the cemetery side of the hill werent many houses. They could see clear to the
mountains. That area in between had been a prune orchard (not by 1947), so the hill was just
covered in grass. No phone lines in yet when moved in--nervous for Gram with no car (Gramp
had to take it to shop) & 3 little kids.
Problems with trees: cutleaf weeping birches on either side in front: south sapling cut off one
night, probably by kid on bike; replaced--then cut off by grader when it finally came to pave
roads awhile after moving in. the birch on the north side survived better, till the year Uncle
Jay died. When Gram went up to see Aunt Nancy shed noticed its leaves were looking sort of
yellow, then when she came back it was dead. It had died just like that.
Used to have white picket fence round back yard since Paula was still very little. So she could
have someplace to play. But one day Paula turned up missing. Gram couldnt find her
anywhere. So she called Gramp, and he came up, & just as he reached N. Illinois/Rochester he
saw Paula (about 2 1/2) and Bootsie heading down toward the canal!
Gram always very worried about that canal (the first thing she thought when Paula was
missing.) When theyd only been up there a little while a little boy fell inover by the bridge near
the Rose Garden, & got swept all the way down, through the siphon & was found clear by
Notus or somewhere.
Another time, Mom decided she was going to run away. She, Jay, Paula, & Gram were all out in
the backyard & Mom wanted to do something which Gram wouldnt let her do (Gram thinks).
So Mom announced she would run away. Gram said, Would you like me to help you pack?
Mom said, No... but headed off down Lansing, Rochester, & to that corner there. Gram
panicked because she didnt know what to do if Mom actually took off. But she could still see
her so just kept watching her. She stood there for some time, but then finally came wandering
back & never knew Gram was watching.
Mom and Jay used to fight, too; Mom, perhaps, being older, thought she should always get her
own way. But one day theyd come home from school on the schoolbus, which dropped them
off at the same corner, & they walked from there. Theyd really been fighting: Mom had some
injury, and Jay had long bloody scratches on his arm from Moms fingernails. Gram got really
angry & said when things came to physical harm it was too much, and time to stop. And they
did. But then later Jay & Carla would get into it--Gram thinks he would tease her...like Matt
did you. My brother used to tease me too. He would tease till Gram was just beside myself.
Until one day (at about 13 or 14) Gram called Uncle Roy a bastard (!). Her mother heard, &
said, Velma, do you know what that word means?! Gram said no. Her mother was going to
make Roy tell her but he wouldnt. So Gram decided it must be pretty bad & never said it
again. It was several years before Gram learned what it meant.
Her parents met when her mother stayed with first Aunt Bert and then Aunt Tillie to help them
care for their children--both moved to Indiana. Grams dad, though in Illinois (on border), now
lived at Wolcott, Indiana, where theyd lived ever since Gram could remember, in a litle bitty
house. And met Grams mother. Up until 6 months before Lena married him shed always
asserted that shed never get married--and Linda always said the same thing.
When Gram & Gramp first were going to come out here she decided shed better get recipes
from her mother--shed never cooked much at home: she did cleaning, & Marilyn liked the
cooking and baking. But now when shed not be able to call up for recipes...so she got her
mothers stuffing recipe. Though her mother never followed a recipe; she just added a dab of
this, butter the size of a walnut, etc.
Grams parents lived in Indiana, then, for a number of years, moving when Gram was two to
Elmwood--her grandparents had a farm there, & they lived on it for two years. Gram can
remember her fourth birthday, then, because it was that day they moved up to Forrest--her
father came later on, traveling with his farm equipment on the train. So Lena & the two kids
came alone in an old touring car--rather hectic. They got there, & Gram remembers they had
wienies for supper, & then someone knocked on the door. Lenas always been very afraid of
hobos & bums, so Gram still remembers how her mother went as white as a sheet but it waws
only a neighbor asking for something.
Where Millers now live (catty corner from 1916) lived the Kays (?) with twin girls--both they
and their mother are now dead.
More notes (November 24, 1994)....When she used to work at the old shop on Kimball, Grandma
would sit at the desk there, and little mice would run over her feet. Gram was never too afraid
of mice, so it was okay. Her mother was terrified of mice, though. If she saw one, without
thinking, shed be up on a chair or the bed: It was a reflex action. It was freezing there in the
winter, roasting in the summer, not a good advertisement for their business.
Grandma had never heard of broccoli when she was a little girl; they had brussels sprouts
instead. Grandmas parents used to speak in German when they didnt want the kids to
understand, and Lena used to speak to her mother in German all the time. Also, when
Grandma was a little girl, her mother wanted her to have bangs; Grandmas hair looked terrible
with bangs because of her cowlicks & widows peak, so her mother shaved the top of her
forehead and cut the hair just behind it into bangs! This looked fine.
While Dad & I discussed his car saga returning from choir, Grandma remembered that when
she was young you didnt need a license to drive a car--not until she & Grandpa moved here did
she need one.
January 12, 1994: Looking through stuff in Grandmas basement once, I found a neat little
compact. Gram remembered that Grandpa had bought that for her while they were dating.
Hed asked her what she wanted for Christmas. Shed listed several things, & he bought her all
Eating lunch at Acapulco, Grandma kept dropping things, & remembered a time when, very
pregnant with Jay, she dropped a can of coffee (she was preparing breakfast). It rolled around
the kitchen, scattering in a ring. Grandma just sat down on a chair and cried. Grandpa then
came in & cleaned it up for her. I would have had to get down on my knees to clean it up...
And Mom was born in Portland, then they moved to Kuna. Grandpa bought a cruddy little
house out in the country outside of Caldwell. He wasnt accomplishing anything fixing it up,
driving back & forth from Kuna, so they moved in. One bedroom on the south side, a living
room, & the kitchen. There were no closets or cupboards; one shelf in the front room. Outdoor
bathroom of course. Mom was a very good baby, however, always behaving; Grandpa made
cupboards soon, though doorless, & Mom didnt get into anything. Grandma put raisins &
Cheerios & cans of baby food down to the right of the sink for Mom to pay with. She would
scatter these around the kitchen. When the raisins & Cheerios were gone, she would lisp, More
raisins & puffed wheat! They had no running water, a pump out back. Elmo hooked up a tank
somehow, so they had hot & cold running water, but only in the sink. Grandpa added another
bedroom on the north, connected to the rest of the house by two little rooms. One would have
been their bathroom had they stayed there. Mom doesnt remember outdoor toilets, though,
because the kids used a potty chair Grandma had.
The sleeves of my medieval dress are made from an ancient pattern Grandma has--I saw it.
Grandma had a dress made from that pattern that was Grandpas favorite dress of hers, ever. It
was brown with turquoise carnations in it.
Grandma has her mothers wedding ring, with her fathers initials in it. His had her initials in it,
and Roy has it. Grandmas glad she, not Marilyn, got it, as Marilyn was careless, & her kids
mightve gotten it & lost it. Lena also had her mothers ring, a similar but narrower band, but
when she died, Bert, the eldest sister, looked for it, but couldnt find it anywhere. Lena was
careless, too, towards the end, so it is now lost.
Grams Grandpa & Uncle Joe were Swiss yodelers.
May 31, 1995: Talking of Matts interest in guitar, etc., Grandma said Grandpa played that
guitar in a band (we have a picture Mom sent a copy of to Matt) which played over the radio in
Illinois & for dances. My violin belonged to Grams father, and Grandma said he bought it at
about 14 with the first money he earned shucking corn away from home.
June 7, 1995: Grandma is now, but never used to be, afraid of heights. There was a big old
apple tree in the orchard, with a branch sticking way out, & a swing hanging from it. Grandma
used to climb out onto that brance with a book, sit there, & read. She & Roy once clumbed up
the poles supporting the grain elevator, and walked around atop it.
Telling her of the Peoria man we met in Stratford, Grandma said, Yes, that was where I was
married. She said shed been married by a justice of the peace named Herman J. Bridegroom.
She chose him for this reason and thought many people must have, because next to his office
was a neat little parlor, fixed up with nice carpet and soft lighting, etc.
We talked of laundry, how old machines you had to begin with whites, then towels, on down to
darks, because the same water was used throughout and would have grayed whites. Mom
asked if wringers were fun, and Gram said yes, unless you got an am caught, and we told of
how Dad had when little: Look how clean my arm is! Gram said shed helped a woman who
had caughter her hand in a wringer and, with a ring on, it could tear your hand up quite a bit. It
was haying time, and threshing time, so they came & asked Gram if she wanted to work for her.
Gram hellped with the cooking, etc., but one day the threshers came, and she had to feed them,
too! I asked how old she was, and Gram said, shed just graduated from high school, so she was
sixteen. She didnt really know that much cooking, she said. Some older lady came to help out,
too, and it was only for two weeks, and they got along.
Speaking of Mr. Bridegroom...Going to Peoria, you crossed the bridge, then on the street (Gram
could remember its name, but I cant) he had a sign, Herman J. Bridegroom, and Gram had seen
that every time she went into Peoria for years, and always thought it would be neat to be
married by him, and I was!
March 29, 1997: Gram told of her big square house in Wing (moved there right around 4th
b-day, left when 12) with an orchard on the West (?) side. It had a big apple tree with a big
broad branch where you could sit without danger of falling. Gram used to clamber up there
with a book & read. But no danger of falling because like your mom she didnt need much
sleep & could never nap. But one Saturday after finishing the cleaning they were planning for
the dance that night, and Grams mom suggested they lie down for a nap since theyd be up late.
Gram said shed lie down but probably wouldnt be able to sleep. But she did! And was really
surprised. And couldnt remember any other time she napped until she got older-- And now I
can sleep anywhere!
The fall of 1922 Grandma really wanted to go to school & had been fussing. The first
grade teacher told Lena she only had six students so one more wouldnt matter. So Gram
started school at 5. By Christmas or so she and another girl had finished the first grade reader.
They started on the second grade. And even though she got scarlet fever & was out of school
for five weeks, still finished it. And the next fall they (she and the other girl) were started in
second grade but were really bored so went into third grade at six. A boy whose dad was on
the school board ended up with them because if those girls were going ahead he should be able
to. Which is why Gram graduated at sixteen. So she thinks always sort of old for her age
because she was small, and with older kids, which is why, perhaps, the age difference between
her and Gramp seemed less.
Scarlet fever: the worthless doctor came and saw where Gram had scratched terribly,
picked up her arm between thumb and finger as though he didnt want to touch it, and said she
had seven-year itch. Her mother asked if it couldnt be scarlet fever and he said no. Next day
he came, and Roy was also lying there on his bed, and Lena had him check both. He said Roy
had the flu and just needed castor oil. But next day he, too, had a rash, and Lena called him and
said angrily, Have you ever seen a case of flu where you break out in a rash? So he agreed
maybe both had scarlet fever. Roy was out of school for four weeks. Lena, too, had scarlet
fever when little, but very bad. She was in bed for a year and had to learn to walk again. Gram
said scarlet fever tends to settle somewhere, and thinks it settled in her mothers kidneys:
when Gram was a sophomore her mother just didnt feel right but didnt trust that same crazy
doctor and drove up the Mayo Clinic, and they found that something was the matter with her
kidneys. They feared cancer and removed her left kidney--scar all around her left side. When
she came back, she couldnt operate the treadle sewing machine, so Gram got her first
ready-made dress then. Other two when a senior--the yellow crepe de chine one for
baccalaureate which is in her graduation photo, and her white graduation dress. Also wore cap
and gown. The guest speaker at the ceremony was the Presbyterian (?) minister from Fairbury
and sat upon the podium and was the first to clap when Gramd finished her speed and referred
to her speech in his, so I felt pretty good about that. I always loved school...I really probably
should have gone to college...--scholarships for being valedictorian, but never really thought
Was actually only one year behind Roy in school. When he was a senior he had a
motorcycle and put a sidecar on it, and thats how they went to school. And Grams mother
was glad because then she still had her car. Once they were driving home to Wing fom Forrest
(5 miles) School and had picked up speed when they passed an alleyway. A boy had just
finished eating an apple and threw the core, and it hit Gram right in the throat! Roy was furious
and turned right around and drove up the alley and scared the guy half to death! He made the
guy apologize to Gram. The next year when Roy was no longer in school was when Gram
learned to drive the car, and Lena did without. And Gram thought she was hot stuff. Once
the football team (whose games were played in the cow pasture there in Forrest) was playing a
game somewhere, and Gram got permission to drive part of the team in her car. Big old
four-story schoolhouse, grade school on first floor. Salutatorian Virginia. Gram had very few
dresses: would wear one one week, the other the next. But one winter she had a part-wool
dress Lena made, and wore it all winter long! I asked if she got sick of it. She said, Yes! I was
so glad when spring came! Another big maple tree behind the house, with the clothesline
below it. And once Gram was hanging out clothes and was barefoot, and a bee was in the grass
and stung her foot.
Didnt always have a Christmas tree because they were sort of poor. But when Roy got
older he insisted on it. So (because we didnt have electricity then) they had little round
holders with springclips to attach to branches, with pinky-width, 3-inch candles in them.
Christmas morning they had to wait at the top of the stairs. Lenad said Wait here while I
check to see if Santas gone and shed light candles, and then they could come down. One
Christmas it was really cold so Lena told her she could sleep with Roy (chimney there &
warmer!). Very excited so they couldnt sleep, and Grams imagination got the better of her,
and she said she thought she heard sleigh bells. Then later, watching the chimney, she was sure
she saw a shadow and was sure it was Santa!
Some folks at Wing got together to build a community center where they had Saturday
night dances. Grams father called (not sang) the dances, perhaps the only caller. So he didnt
get to dance much, though he and Lena loved to, but she had lots of partners and Gram loved
it too, but didnt get to much after she began dating Grandpa, because he didnt like to. Once
the weather and roads were bad so they left the car and walked in along the tracks! (one mile to
town) Gram lived from age 2-4 in Elmwood, Illinois with her grandparents. Mom says
Grandma had to work hard when a girl, had to keep house while her mom worked in the fields.
February 18, 1998--Asked regarding little store on tricorner lot along North Illinois--once a tiny
grocery where Mom remembers getting popsicles out of a cooler. Grandpa and Grandma
parked near it in 1940 when they first came out here in the trailer (18) they bought from Grams
parents. On the corner with the hitch was a little dressing room/bathroom (but no toilet).
And a little 2-foot-square heating stove for wood or coal (Gram always forgot to empty ashes till
done cleaning and made a mess again)--stove at back of trailer, the couch/bed either rested on
floor or put higher on little shelves. The cake at the double wedding slid over (held at
McGavins (?) where Elks is now), and someone had to hold up the top layer during the
reception. Gram told of driving into Peoria, crossing the bridge over the Illinois River, and
coming up a hill, and Mr. Bridegroom, Justice of the Peace, office on the right. Lovely parlor
with rose-colored carpet and soft light. Suddenly Grandma laughed at thought of a forgotten
memory. Did I ever tell you what happened that night? Mom said, Im not sure that we
want to know! Roy and Marilyn stood up at the ceremony, and their mother came down also
(ceremony at 4:00), then they went to Elmwood to see her parents. Coming back Lena decided
to stop in! (They didnt take a honeymoon, and Gram had to ask for that Saturday off even,
because they worked six days a week) And Gram said, laughing, And we were already in
bed! Roy was having a fit, saying, You dont want to go there!, and Mom says she can see
it, because Lena had very firm ideas. Gram got dressed and went to answer the door, and then
Gramp had to get dressed too, and he was embarrassed (Gram too, I gather) but not as much.
And Gram says everyone has some qualms about marriage, wondering if everything will work
out all right, but she had no real fears.
The most interesting pet we ever had as children, and there were many, was a squirrel.
We lived in central Illinois and had gone into the timber near the Vermillion River to look for
spring flowers. Three young boys had gotten some baby squirrels, no doubt having killed the
mother and robbed her nest. They showed them to us and my little sister just had to have one of
them so my Mother agreed to take one. It was so tiny that it just fit into the palm of one's hand
and we had it for three weeks before it opened its eyes. My Father didn't think we could raise it
as sometimes a wild animal will not take food but my Mother prepared a formula and fed the baby
every three hours, day and night.
As the weeks passed the little squirrel became the pet of the household. We bought a toy
doll bottle and it learned to drink its milk, holding the bottle in its front paws like a baby. When
we ate, it went around the table over our shoulders for a handout from each one of us. Or, if it
was outside when we were eating, it would climb up on the screen door, hang upside down and
"bark" at us until we let it inside. My Father used to give the squirrel ginger snaps and, when it
had eaten all it wanted, it would bury the rest under a pillow. My Father would get the cookie,
give it back to the squirrel and it woud bury it again, patting down the pillow with its front feet.
When we gave it a grape or plum to eat, it would turn it quickly in its paws and the peelings
would fly, first from one side and then the other. We really enjoyed all the things we learned from
this little pet.
In the fall of the year, it disappeared and some friends in the country called and said the
squirrel was at their place in a walnut grove. My Mother went out and brought it home but within
a week it was back in the walnut grove so we decided it was looking for companionship and let it
stay there. However, we never forgot our little friend and the enjoyment it gave us.
Grandma's dad went to shell corn the morning she was born. It was very cold. Lena had to call him to come back home. When Grandma was 6 weeks old she had pneumonia. 3 weeks old again [sic--my notes] backset [?], nearly died lips & nails blue. fluid in lungs broken loose, Gram's mom came in & she was covered in it. 7 mths red measles. Lena didn't know and didn't protect eyes. So when a bit older'd put out in evening in high chair after sunset but tears would still roll down cheeks. When kids had it here, dark red drapes in liv room so sat in there in dark & Gram read out of Childcraft books. 'It seemed that's all I got done all day long.'
Born in IN, to IL when 2 and lived on Grandfather's farm SW of Elmwood, IL remember being sick but not what she had. Big bush at corner of room upstairs at head of stairs where she & Roy slept. Can remember roosters crowing. B-day when they moved to Forrest, little shacky house 1 big bedroom, liv room, kitchen. Kerosene heather for heat, 3' tall or so, doesn't need chimney. That night heated wienies on top of it for supper (4th b-day)
MMS b. 1922, when she a year old built a new house on that place--the big square one. Gram 'just crazy about that baby', wanted to hold her all the time
Wanted to go to school so bad. Started at 5. Teacher said she had 6 other 1st graders so it was OK. Gram & 1 other girl went ahead, finished 1st grade reader by 1/2 way thru, finished 2nd gr by end of yr. Scarlet fever on 6th b-day & missed 6 wks of school. So next fall 2nd grade uninteresting so teacher said if her parents said OK they'd go to 3rd gr. So when grad from 8th gr 12, & HS 16.
Lena said Roy didn't try in HS because he was afraid he might have to make a speech.
Started working Feb 13 1934 first job for Corn Hog Association Roosevelt thing. They'd measure farm field sizes, etc., & Gram had to make up worksheets & figure acreages. Feb-Sept '34. 6 days/wk. $3/day at first, lowered to $2.50/day. Called back (laid off in winter) & back up. Offices in Farm Bureau building. 1st yr. got athlete's foot, infection then from unwashed stockings (new) & new shoes & had to go home & have Mom take care of me. Next yr. then (summer) got German measles & had to go home again (had been in room in Peoria) & while home Marilyn came down with mumps. To work for a week then she came down w/mumps & home again.
1st yr. Peoria stayed with friend of family who helped get job & roomed with her. 2nd yr. just had room & ate in restaurants. Got tired of eating out a lot. Breakfast 10c doughnuts & glass of milk. Sandwich 15c & milk 5c lunch. Supper 35c Hated to ride streetcars so walked to work (& saved 10c) prob. 12-14 blocks. Later then worked year-round. 1938 got married, boss let her stay on (not usual). Had taken Civil Service exam, didn't expect job from it (indicated grade not high enough) but May '38 opp. to Rock Island Arsenal.
Apt. in Moline, IL to work there (not sure at first whether to give up job & go there). At first just clerk/typist, after while in charge of checking other girls' work, last 6 mths typing up inspectors reps on M1 (2) tanks & there til Sept 1940 then moved out here.
1938 did make trip here--Gram Roy Gramp Alice & another kid & his sister; visited Jessens & they went hunting. Here from Sept 15-early Nov, cel. Roy's b-day on way home. Ran out of $ so last few days didn't eat til Peoria where they knew they could get $.
After here lived in trailer @ big house with garage next Stardust (not that house though). Didn't do anything that fall; Gramp didn't want anything to interfere with hunting (feared unemp'd find him a job!) Gram tired of trailer so looked for job--Selective Service in Boise, bought little house there on N 20th. Shortly after Gramp at Sawtooth Co. on Grove St. Hunting trip to mts. rode in 14 mi. on horseback to old miner's cabins on Mid Fork Salmon R. Big group. Gram didn't shoot any deer. U. Lee & wife along, & she killed a deer (hadn't shot or hunted before) Afterwards Eileen got white as a sheet 'I killed it...' Could kill 2 in that area. Got quite a few.
Pretty sell sit. (home, etc.) so decided to start family. Gram quit job abt Thanks. Then Dec 7 Pearl Harbor. Gram felt bad, that they could've used her help. Then at Christmas planned trip to IL on Portland Rose midnight but at 9 am her dad called--Lena's ruptured appendix, so got stuff together & caught noon train. Rough trip not knowing what they'd find. But had just discovered Sulfa; used that, & prob what saved her life. Stayed with her a week or 2 after Gramp came back, pretty soon after learned she was to have Mom.
May 1942 changed Gramp's classif. to 1A so could be drafted (w/Gram preg. didn't want that) so to Portland to shipyards (doing war work so 4F). Oct 1942 Mom. Landlady uncooperative because (knew kid's upstairs) from ID & either helped get apt. or job or just met later [??] Madhouse & Gramp disliked job--welded too fast (!) & foreman said to slow down--he made others feel bad. Refused to, since a war effort. Foreman said if he didn't he'd get fired. Gramp said, "No, because I'm quitting!" Foreman said he'd go straight to army. But back to ID & farm (also necessary)--Gramp knew all necessary. German POW & Japanese, & some Mexicans. Back to ID March 1943. Bought little farm E of Caldwell, there when Jay born.
Jan. 1946 back to IL & visited with folks in Fairbury. Her folks came up & got Gram, Mom & Jay & then to TX. Gramp back here, sold farm, stored stuff. then to TX, too, brought back up to IL. There a little while then back here. Rented little place 1 mi. S of the farm, looked around for houses but couldn't find satisfactory, so had this one built 1947 (Feb 17) moved in
[When Grandma was born] the doctor came to the house. It was the same doctor as delivered Uncle Roy, but a different house. Birth certificate: Grandma needed hers for her civil service job, but there was no record of it, so her parents had to swear an affidavit. 1 place listed her birthdate as Feb. 17, and another Feb. 19. Uncle Roy's birth certificate was there, though. Grandpa H's wasn't there either, so his mother had to swear one also. Dating by late '34 or early '35, hanging out with his brothers and sisters. To American Legion dance and stayed with Alice. Civil Service exam: shorthand part did bad (hot & sweaty). Encouraged to retake it but later called up to work. Late '30s was married. Arsenald Rock Island.
From: Linda J. Montgomery [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, October 09, 2001 10:11 AM
To: Megan Montgomery
Subject: grandma's info
Just a fast note to tell you that I did remember to ask Grandma about World
War II and she is writing down what she can remember--she will show it to
me when she's done and I will probably try to send it in an email. She
said should she rewrite it and mail it to you and I told her she didn't
need to go to that trouble unless I can't figure out what she has written.
So I assume I will see it tomorrow and send it--should I send it to you at
work or at home? You do need to remember, too, that she may include her
politically biased views on stuff--I sort of got it last night when she was
telling me what she was doing--like she thought when we declared war on
Japan we should have concentrated our effort on it and not got involved in
the war in Europe--of course, I don't know enough about the whole thing to
agree or disagree with her, but I'm sure there was a reason for us doing as
we did. I also asked about the square dancing thing and she just said
"country music' without being specific--I'll try to see if she remembers
any specific songs. She also said Grandpa just called the square
dances--he had cut off the end of the middle finger on his left hand
reaching down into some kind of motor and after that, it was difficult for
him to play so didn't do much of it when he was older (did I know this
before--I don't think so).
Well, it's time for me to be off to school so guess this is it for now.
Hope all is well in Virginia. Take care. Love you as always,
From: Linda J. Montgomery [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, October 10, 2001 9:20 PM
To: Megan Montgomery
Subject: grandma's WWII info
I will send you the info Grandma gave me; she had it written out and I'm
going to copy her words exactly. I'm not sure if this is exactly what you
had in mind; it is more about what she and Grandpa were doing during the
war. If you want something more specific, why don't you send me detailed
questions and I'll see what I
From email from Erika Hoffmann, August 2006: Grandma said to me last week when I asked her "What was your favourite thing about being a mom...what part of it did you like the most?"...She said, "Well, that is too big a question for one answer, but (pause) I ALWAYS knew I wanted to be a mom". To me it was great to hear her answer something with such clear memories of her past, and I think that is something you'll appreciate me telling you about.