April 16, 2005


My Grandma was born in 1909. That is 95 years ago for you fellow history majors.

When she was born, she had no electricity or telephone. There was no radio or television. People sent telegrams by Morse code if they wanted to communicate over long distances.

In her rural Indiana life a car was a rare sight indeed. Airplanes?, why the Wright brothers just flew a few years before. He father plowed their meager farm with a horse. She saw the childhood disease that claimed her sister and her friends eradicated.

In her life my grandma saw not only the marvels I listed above, but two world wars. The rise and fall of communist Russia. Men going to space and the moon. She walked the Earth with Teddy Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan. She saw computers and talking pictures and cars going more than 200 MPH at Indy. She saw airplanes and jets change the way we traveled and opened up the world.

Her Grandfather fought in the Civil War. Her husband fought in WWII. Her Great Grandchildren were alive to see terrorist scum attack our nation on September 11.

My grandmother saw technological and societal changes and upheavals never before seen in the history of man.

What a life she led. What a time she lived.

My Grandma died today. I already miss her.

Say a prayer for her tonight.


Alli said...

Thanks for the help with the math, it doens't come easily to us History majors does it?

I am very sorry for your loss. All of grandparents have passed on as well. It is hard, but know that she loved you and know that you were see her again. May she smile down on and may you always do her proud.

My prayer are with both her and you. Take care, my fellow Hoosier.

Alli said...

all of my grandparents. SOrry that sentence didn't make any sense. *sigh* typed too many papers lately. Take care.

Joe said...

Thank you Alli for your thoughts and prayers. She lived a long and wonderful life and really only was sick and not doing well for the last year or so. She was very active and still driving into her 80's.

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