Today I received some letters from my great-grandmother, postmarked 1983. She was in her late 90's when she died. I was 8. She was in her early 90's when she wrote them. I was 3. She would write and make my mom read them to me (who's the one who sent the letters, via a mommy-loves-you package). My great-grandmother (simply grandma) was an intensely strong, yet kind woman. I remember when I used to sneeze around her, instead of "bless you" or "gazunteit" she would yell "scat!" It's an old North Carolina saying which is supposed to scare the sneeze demon away, or something like that. I don't know about the sneeze-demons, but it would always scare the shit out of little unsuspecting me. I don't remember too much about her, other than "scat" and how much I loved spending time with her.
The letters are pretty simple, so I thought I'd share them with you:
1) Wednesday morning,
Hi Michelle [what my family refers to me as], How is my baby doll? I received your picture and believe me I was so glad to get it. I only wish I could see you. I hope mama can come down this summer and bring you.
I love my big baby [mom] and my little baby too. I hope you are enjoying your new baby sister [written to my older brother, slightly out of date and context for when it was written, but like i said; early 90's].
It sure is nie to get your pictures out and look at them. You look so sweet and pretty.
2) Grandma hasn't been feeling very well for a long time. I am begining to get a little bit stronger.
I sure was glad to see Adam [brother], wish you could have been with him. I love you all so much.
I must stop here and take my medicine before I forget it. I love you baby.
PS: I am looking for some more pictures soon. Bye bye, Grandma
3) Here's Grandma again. How is my baby girl that I want to see so very much?
Yesterday I received one letter mailed May 3rd and another on May 20th. Bot had pictures of you and Adam. I sure was glad to get them. When I get moved in my big apartment I want mama and daddy to bring you and Adam down to see me.
Guess you are moving by now. I'll stop here and write Adam. Be good and keep sweet for Grandma, Bye bye I love you my baby doll.