Grandmother Quotes

I'm a grandmother, and a mighty proud one.
Mighty
Proud
We had a cistern for water. My grandmother churned butter and made lye soap. She and my mother did the washing in a wash kettle outdoors, using a fire to heat the water. That's the way they did the wash until the 1950s.
Butter
Did
Fire
Had
Heat
Made
Mother
Outdoors
She
Soap
Until
Using
Wash
I lived on the farm with my parents and grandparents. I had no playmates as a young child, and I was indulged. I helped my grandmother piece quilts, and we made pretty albums, an old-fashioned pastime. We cut poems and pictures out of magazines.
Albums
Child
Cut
Farm
Grandparents
Had
Helped
Lived
Made
Magazines
Old-fashioned
Out
Parents
My grandmother was very fierce and gruff. She was quite small, but she was very wide.
Fierce
Quite
She
Small
Very
Wide
The thing that always attracted me to New York was the sense of being in a place where a lot of people had a lot of stories not unlike mine. Everybody comes from somewhere else. Everyone's got a Polish grandmother, some kind of metamorphosis in their family circumstances. That's a very big thing - the experience of not living where you started.
Always
Attracted
Being
Big
Big thing
Circumstances
Else
Everybody
Everyone
Experience
Family
Got
Had
I love a good breakfast - grits and eggs, French toast, turkey bacon. My grandmother on my father's side used to make tea cakes, and her breakfasts were unbelievable. There was fresh ham, and she would go out to the yard to get fresh eggs. She lived in rural Louisiana, and we'd spend summers with her.
Bacon
Breakfast
Cakes
Eggs
Father
French
Fresh
Get
Go
Good
Ham
Her
I love
Madea is a cross between my mother and my aunt. She's the type of grandmother that was on every corner when I was growing up.
Aunt
Between
Corner
Cross
Every
Growing
Growing up
Mother
She
Up
I was brought up to look after my parents. My family were Polish Jews, and we lived with my grandmother, with uncles and aunts and cousins all around, and I thought everybody lived like that.
After
All-around
Around
Aunts
Brought
Cousins
Everybody
Family
Jews
Like
Lived
Look
Parents
I was shocked, and I ended up contacting three academics to find out if it could possibly be that my grandmother was a courtesan.
Academics
Could
Ended
Find
Out
Possibly
Shocked
Three
Up
My grandmother. She's someone I never met, and I would've loved to have met her. She's been a huge influence on our entire family, not just me. She is a mystery. It's not clear exactly what about her is truth and myth.
About
Been
Clear
Entire
Exactly
Exactly what
Family
Her
Huge
Huge influence
Influence
Just
Loved
My mother read nursery rhymes to me, and my grandmother told me folk stories, but as a child I had no interest in writing whatsoever.
Child
Folk
Had
Interest
Me
Mother
No interest
Nursery
Read
Rhymes
Stories
Whatsoever
Writing
I grew up in a house full of women: my mother, grandmother, three sisters, and two female cats. And I still have the buzz of their conversations in my head. As an adult, I have more female friends than male ones: I just love the way that women talk.
Adult
Buzz
Cats
Conversations
Female
Friends
Full
Grew
Head
House
Just
Love
Male

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