What was happening in America on Saturday, September 18, 1909???
The largest crowd to ever watch a baseball game, up to that time, turned out in Shibe Park as 35,409 spectators watched the Philadelphia Athletics beat the visiting Detroit Tigers, 2–0, on the pitching of future Hall of Famer Charles “Chief” Bender. The A’s were second to the Tigers in the American League pennant race.
Guess what else happened??? My Grandpa married my Granny! I don’t have wedding photos – I’m not even sure there are any – this plate is my precious possession to remind me of my Grandpa Frank & Granny LaVella’s wedding day. Mama told me that it was hand painted by a family friend and neighbor. It’s not valuable – but it sure means a lot to me. Granny kept this plate hanging in their bedroom on the farm.
People really do get married at an older age these days. These two crazy kids were married at 16 years of age! I think they were married at a judge’s house, if I remember the story correctly.
They had a piece of farmland willed to them, built a little house on it and started growing wheat, horses, cattle and children – by the time it was said and done – EIGHT kids!
Grandpa Frank also drove a truck to supplement their income. Granny did some sewing and took in washing to help out. They didn’t have to buy stainless for the kitchen or even entertain the notion of indoor plumbing… but they were two of the happiest people ever! They had the same beliefs and the same dreams for their family. They embraced faith in God above all and were faithful to each other until the end.
I get to thinking about that sometimes. In their life, they were so firmly rooted in family and values, the fancy stuff wasn’t important. I loved everything about staying at the farmhouse when I was little because something as simple as snuggling down in one of Granny’s quilts meant more to me than anything fancy and showy. That squeaky bed was the best, and using homemade soap every morning and eating farm fresh eggs… well those are memories that will never fade from my memory!
You have to have a dream so you can get up in the morning. – Billy Wilder
In our day, it seems like we place so much importance on possessing the best of things and less emphasis on growing a strong family. In the end, what difference does it make if we have a hardwood floor or linoleum? I wouldn’t want to have an outhouse… let’s not get nuts!
I miss that farm in Oklahoma… I felt so safe and secure there in that squeaky bed with Granny’s quilt tucked around me. It gives me such comfort to know that Grandpa, Granny, mom and dad are in heaven waiting for me.
Happy Anniversary in heaven, Grandpa & Granny!!!
They are with Jesus, and one day I’ll join them. Maybe I could have that squeaky bed and one of Granny’s quilts in my mansion. I may not need it since there is no night there and I won’t get tired. Hmm… I have to re-think that, don’t I? Wink! 😉