Friday, May 22, 2009

Pink Saturday!

Today's Pink Saturday
is awfully special to me!

This is a picture 
of my
Gramma.

This sweet picture of my Gramma
(wearing her pretty little pink corsage)
was taken at my Aunt Janet's wedding in 1965.

There were not many pictures taken of her.
We all savour each  & every one.  
My Aunt Janet was looking at her wedding album
the other day and she found this picture.
Jacob scanned it for us.  It is a bit blurry
because we couldn't remove it from 
it's album.  (It was  one of those with the sticky 
background...)

My Gramma was the mother
 to 10 children.  
My Mom was the baby of her family.
(To say she was/is spoiled by all 
would be an understatement.)

My Gramma was loved by all.
Everybody from the old neighborhood
all called her "Ma".

She had 26 Grandchildren.
And of course, I was one of her favorites!
I was with her every chance I could get.

Our Gramma started a family picnic in 1970.
She wanted to make sure that no one lost  touch
throughout the years...
So every year for the past 39 years
we have held our picnic.

It is always the Sunday of Memorial Weekend
at Central Park.  No matter what.
No matter the weather....
We stood outside wearing mittens,
or bikinis...we huddled together in hailstorms
and tornado sirens.
Just last year we had another tornado warning.
Instead of seeking shelter, the nuts with the
new pick-ups pulled them under the park pavilion 
so they wouldn't get hail damage....

Gramma passed away in 1972,
she would be proud that her tradition 
is still going strong.
She was the best cook
and many of her recipes still carry-0n.
Janet will make her baked beans,
my Mom will make the potato salad,
I  attempt to re-create her Poppyseed Roll.
Among many, many others....

With 4 Sisters and 1 brother remaining,
26 Grandchildren and 35 Great-grandchildren
and numerous Great-great grandchildren  
the tradition continues....

Robyn

PS:  Don't forget to visit 
Beverly
for the official
Pink Saturday Blog Roll!

Thanks Beverly!











 
   



23 comments:

CC said...

What a wonderful, loving tribute to your grandmother. She would have loved that the picnic has been carried on and the family kept close
through the years. I hope you have a wonderful picnic with loving memories shared..Happy Pink Saturday.

Donna Marie said...

Robyn,

I really enjoyed your warm memories of your Gramma!

I love that pic of her! She looks like she was certainly the backbone of the family! (keeping it all together) I am glad to hear that her tradition lives on!

xoxoxoxo
Donna Marie
Sleepless in NJ :)

xinex said...

Your grandma is a very special and wonderful person. That is a nice tradition she started, it brings the family together. I am sure you miss her a lot....Christine

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Happy Pink Saturday ~ I hope you have a great weekend ~ Susan

CottageBliss said...

What a lovely remembrance. Family is EVERYTHING, staying in touch, loving, caring. Such a sweet Pink Saturday post.

Melissa

Florida Sue said...

What precious memories Robyn. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Joyce said...

Nice tribute to your granny and glad you guys still meet up for a reunion. Have fun this year and take lots of photos for future generations.
Joyce

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi Robyn,
What a sweet tribute to your grandmother! Happy Pink Saturday and have a lovely weekend.

Blessings,
Sandi

Smilingsal said...

I love family traditions.

Stacey said...

What a wonderful tradition your grandmother started! And aren't you glad Jacob can scan the pictures? Have fun.

Elizabeth said...

What a great tradition. I don't have a large family, but I wish we did something like this.

♥Mimi♥ said...

What a l♥vely Pink Saturday blog entry. This is the one day of the week when I get to sit for a couple of hours and soak in my favorite color. Thanks for being a part of that day☺

Thank you so much for sharing such a special memory.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful family weekend. I will be remembering my father who served in WWII, and praying for all of our military who are in harms' way.

Sue said...

I think it is really a tribute to your grandmother, Robyn, that your family has continued her tradition of the family picnic. I'm glad you have special memories of her that you can pass on.... :-) Sue

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Thanks for coming by today, I think pet peeves is going to be fun...

Happy To Be said...

May you have a wonderful Memorial day weekend my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Helen said...

Thank you for sharing this with all of us ... Memorial Day brings back so many special memories for me ~ parades, picnics, swimming, hikes, roasting marshmallows ... and on and on.

someplace in thyme said...

women are the rock of the family and grand mothers are the best. What a treasure. happy pink saturday, Char

KarenHarveyCox said...

Your Grandmother looks lovely in her pink corsage. How wonderful that you still hold a picnic in her honor.

Happy PInk Saturday,

Karen

Judi said...

That is so very special! What a lovely picture of your grandmother. She started a great tradition for your family...I'm sure she is still there with you in spirit and all your thoughts and memories.
have a lovely lovely weekend
Enjoy
Judi

caren@kdottiedesigns.com said...

Your gramma is adorable!

dana said...

I think that is the most wonderful tradition your gramma started and I think it's just terrific that her family has kept it going all of these years! I'm certain there are some great stories to be told about some of those picnics---good family moments to treasure.

She looked so sweet all dressed up for the wedding and wearing her sweet PINK corsage!

Happy Pink Sat. and Happy Memorial Day!! Dana

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Your grandmother sounds like she was a wonderful person. So great that ya'll have carried on the family picnic tradition! laurie

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Sweet pic of your loving dear grandma! Happy PS a little late this week!

Hugs,
Stephanie
ANgelic Accents