Monday, October 20, 2014

Love Like the 4th of July



We used to go to my Nonny's country club for 4th of July. My Poppy was a golfer, but after he died Nonny still kept the membership even though she had crazy arthritis and had never picked up a club even when she didn't. Her five grandchildren begged her to keep it because on America's Independence Day we loved ordering our own sodas, playing the games set up on the driving range until almost dark and winning cheap stuffed animals and basketball jerseys that would dissolve in the wash. 

The membership to the country club was expensive. I knew that even at nine when I overheard my mom and dad and aunt and uncle trying to tell Nonny it might not be worth it. No one was going to golf and all the kids wanted to do there was run on the course with our shoes off and chase the swans. But she kept it anyway. She kept it for 15 years. 

I remember one of my favorite parts of 4th of July there was changing into our jammies in the country club ladies room. Ladies were in there in their bras! There was hairspray next to the sink and combs soaking in some weird blue water! There was carpet in the bathroom! When we came out we got to walk around this fancy club with Poppy's picture on the wall in our pajamas! It was special like eating your birthday cake with your fingers. It was happy like having your whole family together. It was having our whole family together, because I felt Poppy was there too.

Sometimes it's hard when you know you need these people most after they're gone, but you have to know they gave you everything you needed to take on life before they left.

8 comments:

  1. Grandparents really do provide us with some of the most fun memories of our childhoods don't they?! Thinking of you xx

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    1. There are so many I could have written about.

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  2. Oh my goodness, this was beautiful and I had to laugh thinking of y'all charging into the ladies room. Lol. Grandparents are so important. I lived with my maternal ones for a little bit when I was younger simply because they were awesome. And my parents never took offense on that. On my paternal side I never met my grandpa and it wasn't until my dad's funeral last year that I finally saw photos of him. Grandparents really bring a whole lot of perspective to one's life.

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    1. I like how you mentioned they bring perspective to your life. It's so true. It must have been so special to live with your maternal grandparents for a little while.

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  3. This is such a sweet story, Devon, and a great remembrance of your Nonny and Poppy. I love that she kept the membership all those years so that you kids would have these special memories and feel close to your Poppy. You're so right that these special people may not be here, but the foundation and love they gave us while they were are with us every day:) Also, I don't like going to gyms specifically for the locker room changing situation. There always seem to be people who are a bit too comfortable with walking around with no clothes on. If I do go to a gym, then I just run out of there as quick as I can in my sweaty clothes:)

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    1. Thanks Kari. Your comments about the gym locker room made me smile. It is kinda awkward when people are naked everywhere. I always try to remind myself it's just a human body, but never show all of mine in there, ha.

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  4. She sounds wonderful, and I love that you feel that she and your grandpa gave you everything you need to deal with life and whatever it throws at you. Is that a picture of the two of them with baby Devon? CJ xx

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