Of my two grandmothers, my country grandmother was the one I knew the best. There was something about my mother’s mother which was charming and endearing. Her life had many hard times at the beginning, the middle and the end (which I shared: https://joyful2beeblogs.com/2021/10/22/grandmother-farm-to-mill/ But her last years were some of her happiest. Her first husband, … More My Country Grandmother
My grandmother, Nina Alexander, was born in 1901, 36 years after the Civil War. Nina spent her earliest years on her family farm in Georgia. She lost four of her ten siblings, during her youth. (Death at an early age was not uncommon during those times.) When her diabetic father died from complications from a … More My Maternal Grandmother’s Early Life
I was born and grew up in South Carolina but have spent the last 39 years of my life in North Carolina. Since North and South Carolina once were one state I consider myself a Carolinian. The previous name of South and North Carolina, “Carolina,” was a tribute to King Charles I of England. Later … More I Love North Carolina
Workers in a tobacco field. In 2014 I joined a group on Facebook, named “I Farmed Tobacco as a Child.” But before I applied to join, I explained that I wanted to learn more about life on a tobacco farm because I had never experienced that life but had lived near tobacco fields and farms … More Tobacco Farming in the South During the 1900’s
My first son’s early years were started with Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. Do you remember the words of his song at the beginning of each show? Here is a link to Mr. Rogers singing his song. https://www.misterrogers.org/videos/wont-you-be-my-neighbor/ The last verse’s words evoke much thinking. In case you didn’t watch the video, here is the last verse … More Are You a Good Neighbor?
I have had a long struggle with my self-image! I think it’s time for a truce between my body, mind and spirit. When I was in first grade another girl called me string bean. I don’t recall that moniker bothering me because I was too young to care about labels and how skinny or chubby … More Self Image Assessments
Seeing my world is definitely one pleasure I am so thankful for! When I was 12 years old I started having trouble seeing the writing on the blackboard in school. Since I always sat at the front of the class anyway I didn’t notice the insidious changes of nearsightedness. Soon the front row seat stopped … More Open Your Eyes!
The other day I was driving to a friend’s house to feed her cats while she was away. I was driving about 45 miles an hour. As I drove on the shady two lane road, I looked to my right and took another quick look. There under the trees was a small red fox, just … More Did I Kill It?
We are all afraid of something. Fears sometimes originate from stressful or traumatic events. Some may be learned from parents. By giving fear power over our behavior and lives we can lose clear perceptions of life and the world around us. It also affects our bodies adversely if experienced on a continuous basis. Fear can … More What Are You Afraid of?
Have you ever felt like you never had enough of something? I frequently felt like I never measured up to the other kids in school when I was young. I didn’t have long enough hair, thick enough hair, good enough grades, enough time to do what had to be done. Where did all of these … More Never Enough?