I did not think anything could surprise me anymore but I was wrong. On my 62nd birthday, I went for my maiden voyage of launching my new camper trailer which I named MARK, my glamper to Tyler State Park. My dear friend Tiajuana Anderson Neel riding shotgun we had a quite fabulous time including a visit from my oldest daughter, Helaina Amethyst Wilkerson, Lainie to all of us that truly know her.
I had requested no presents, just presence but she went and got a gift for me anyway. Now Tiajuana filmed my opening the gift and up on my Kathy L. Murphy Facebook page and you have to see it. I have never been so surprised in my life! EVER! You see, Lainie told me in her own unique way I am about to become a grandmother, Mama Kat is what she is now calling me! I have never truly been more excited about anything in my entire life.
You see I loved my grandmas.
First, there was my mother’s mother, Helen Marie Maloney who we were told to call Mother as our true mother we called Mommy! That came out for us kids Mudder, then Mudd for short. My grandfather, Earl Harrison Maloney was always called “Dyke” even by his own children and even us grandkids. So what started as Mudder and Dyke somehow turned to Mudd and Dirt, it fit them. They lived on an oil field lease outside of my hometown of Eureka, Kansas in the rolling flint hills of Greenwood County. When I think of some of my happiest childhood memories, it all happened there, “Outhome’ as they called it. My older cousin and retired Lt. Colonel Terry Purcell of the Air Force was raised by them. We are writing a book together to talk of that magical time of growing up “Outhome”. Then I had Mudd’s mother, Grandma Chisham, she was a little bitty thing and had twelve children. I knew her well. She made me my first baby quilt and will be passing it on down to my daughter Lainie as a family heirloom. She made it with scraps but on the backside, the material was flannel with little deer. Lainie has chosen a “Woodland” theme for her nursery so perfect. She also taught me how to back pies, from scratch and her “Green Tomato Pie” recipe is in my book, “The Pulpwood Queens’ Tiara Wearing, Book Sharing Guide to Life”. The New 3rd edition is under my maiden name, Kathy L. Murphy.
Below are the many faces of my darling and theatrical Lainie!Now my mother’s side of the family below! My grandparents, Helen and Dyke Maloney and my mother, Mary, and her older sister Christina.My mother’s parents back in the day, Dyke and Helen Maloney
Mudder on her 72nd birthday, she was a real doozie!
The thing I remember most about those grandmothers was they loved me, truly loved me. They were always cooking and tending gardens, big gardens, never an idle moment and why I love coffee as drank it as a kiddo with my Mudder. It had lots of sugar and cream back then but today I drink it like her, hot and black as midnight. They were storytellers and loved to play cards and dominoes and tell stories. I have never forgotten them.
On my father’s side, we had my Grandma Murphy, she was a true homemaker. She loved to clean and sew and her mother and she both were laundresses. It was an art to them and she had these big aluminum tubs on her back porch that she would do laundry by hand, with bluing added to bring out the whiteness in sheets and nightgowns. One tub had a handwringer and I was fascinated as a child watching her take laundry tub to tub to the final wringing process, watch your fingers! Freshly laundered clothes and linens were dried on a clothesline with flower gardens all down the back of the property and lines with Bachelor buttons, peonies, and wildflowers. It was glorious running through those cool sheets in the hot summer time. She ironed everything and her house was as neat as pin. She made some of our school clothes and all our fancy party and Easter dresses. But the special thing she did was taught me to sew and make me Troll doll clothes, costumes so my Troll dolls could be ballerinas, Robin, Hood, wedding dresses, each one was so unique and clever in design. I also knew her mother Grandma Smading, who was German with long gray hair that went nearly to her knees. She would brush and comb her hair every night into one long braid and during the day she would wrap that braid around and around her head. She was much taller than my little Grandma Murphy but both of them were so loving and kind. Grandma Murphy loved to give you strawberry kisses, the sweetest kind. Then I knew my Grandma Bob too, she was my Grandpa Murphy’s mother. She had been married four times and was always on the go. We visited her a lot. I was very fortunate to know so many grandmothers and I knew that one day I would want to be just like all of them, kind, loving, and so unique in personality and spirit. Make believe time was encouraged with all and our kittens, cats, and dogs always came into play too along with the freedom of exploring all on their properties. it was a magical time with all the grandmothers and I can hardly ever remember a time when I got in very much trouble. To many things to do and explore plus we also sometimes had the added plus of COUSINS!
Of course, we had the girls great grandmother too, Merle “Ninny” Bradley who we just lost this year at 96. Merle was one of my best friends and her love for her children, grandchildren and family is legend. I was hoping to post photos today of all of these but for some reason living here in the woods, that will not download so will add them later.
That day has come! I am beside myself with JOY! Here is my darling daughter, Helaina Amethyst Wilkerson and the best son-in-law in the whole wide world Toby Wilkerson. (Again, photos to post later, will not download so back soon with more!
Truly, Tiara Wearing , Book and NOW Official Grandma Club Sharing,
Kathy L. Murphy
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