My dear Grandma Elsa died on this day in 1988 in Reedley, CA. She was 93 years old. I loved my Grandma. This photo was taken in 1979 when she was 84 years old. It was my grandparents’ 50th Wedding Anniversary.
Grandma was always a steady and sure presence in my life. I look forward to being reunited with her someday. The treasures below bring back some of my favorite childhood memories. These were my toys at Grandma’s house. Grandma’s hands were always busy, stitching, quilting, crocheting hot pads or Christmas ornaments, or mending clothes.The button box was my favorite. I’d spill them all out on the floor, then spend hours sorting them into piles of my favorites. I loved the magenta ones best of all.The Dominoes were well-worn from years of play when my dad was a boy.The marble can was heavy and filled with beautiful marbles, and many cat eyes.Grandma’s Christmas cookies! Springle, sugar cookies and pfeffernusse! All of them were simple, hard and dry, but we loved them. She’d put an egg wash on the sugar cookies, then a very few sprinkles. The pressed springle were so hard we’d have to gnaw on them, but the anise seeds on the bottom made them smell so good. They’d last for months in a big glass jar.Oh how we loved the Tinker Toys, now so old and worn. I loved spending time with Grandma, almost every day as I was growing up. I miss her dearly.