My maternal grandmother, Juanita Nutt Clark, passed away Monday, January 25, 2016 at 2:45 p.m. She lived to be 91 years old. I have many memories of Mamaw. Today I want to share a few of those memories with you.
The last 5 ½ years of her life she lived with Alzheimers. But those are not the main memories I have of Mamaw.
Mamaw will always be strong and healthy in my mind as I reminisce over the days I knew her when I was a child. She loved to garden and had the most beautiful rose bushes. Those and Papaw’s whirly gigs were the first things that we saw as we arrived at their house for a visit.
The next thing I remember is Mamaw’s sign that said, “Back door guests are best.” As a kid I wondered about that sign since technically there was another door that was even more in the back than that door but I get the idea now.
We entered the house through the kitchen and after giving Mamaw and Papaw hugs, we would stop by her guest bedroom to see her latest quilt that she was working on. All her quilts were hand sewn and beautiful back then. She even won awards in quilting shows. Somewhere there is a picture of her standing beside one of her quilts on display.
Then we would go to their living room and sit on their couch and listen to the adults talk. It wouldn’t be long before Papaw would bring out “the claw” and chase us around the room. When us kids got bored Mamaw would bring out her collection of wooden spools for us to play with on the enclosed back porch where Papaw’s workshop was located.
And on pretty days we would run play in their fenced in yard. I remember Mamaw and Papaw had a nice sized yard that gave us plenty of room to play chase and hide and seek. It was even more fun with cousins since we could have teams. Ah, but it was hard not to play with the clothes line.
Some of our visits we ate dinner with them and there were usually aunts, uncles, and cousins at the table as well. It became a family joke that Papaw always had to take a picture of us with a bite of food in our mouths.
We kids were usually prompted to wash our hands in the bathroom sink after playing outside. We liked to listen to the large shell that held their bathroom door open. We would put our ear to the opening and listen to the sound of the ocean. We would also weigh ourselves on their bathroom scale that said “hospital” on it. It was one Papaw had from one of the hospitals he worked at as an electrician.
Then right about the time we needed to leave, Mamaw would pull out her cookie jar of homemade cookies. Once we finished eating the cookies, we would give her and Papaw a hug before we left.
Those are just a few of the many memories I cherish of Mamaw. While there are other memories of special times, it’s those regular every time I saw her ones that makes the memories special.
It makes me reflect on my own life, what memories will my children and future grandchildren have of me?
Mamaw’s last days were with Alzheimers and not remembering her loved ones but as soon as she walked through those pearly gates of heaven her memory was made perfect. She has perfect recollection now.
The last time I saw her she didn’t remember me. But the next time I see her, she will greet me by name. I imagine I will find her quilting tapestries for the mansions Jesus has prepared for those who have trusted in Him.
Why not? If God gave us our talents to use for Him here on earth, why wouldn’t He let us continue to use them for His glory in Heaven?
And now for the big question, if you were to die right now would you go to Heaven? If you can’t answer that question with a sure yes then you need to do a heart check.
Was there ever a time in your life that you felt bad for the sins you have committed, told God you were sorry, and committed your life to Him?
If not, now is the accepted time. Today is the day of Salvation.
I wrote another post about my paternal grandparents entitled A History of Family Commitment: My Paternal Grandparents that you might like to read from my building commitment series.
Do you have memories of a loved one that you would like to share? What memories would you like your loved ones to have of you?
I would love it if you would share your memories with me in the comments.
If you have any questions about whether you will see your loved ones in Heaven, you should check out this post by my husband entitled “Will I See My Loved Ones in Heaven?” that he wrote for Ask God Today Ministries.
Speaking of Ask God Today, I’m linking up with other bloggers for our Warm Hearted Wednesday Link-up this week’s topic is Examples of Love. I would love for you to join us there.Like
This makes me think of my grandparents with fondness! My Pawpaw is in heaven and MawMaw is 93 and in an assisted living home. She is still spunky and gets along fairly well. It’s hard to see them age and pass, but the memories of playing with wooden spools, playing in the back yard and leaning to bake cookies and crochet are still vivid in my heart… Thanks for sharing your heart!
Thank you, DeAnna. It looks like you have similar memories as I do. Such a blessing!
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Wonderful memories, Anastacia mou!
Your grandmother was such a beautiful and talented woman, full of sweetness and heart. I see you in her. You two look so much alike.
Nice couple, your grandparents.
Too bad Mamaw had to live with Alzheimers the last years of her life. But who knows. Maybe, Alzheimers patients are not so bad being in a world of their own. God bless and keep her in the light. For sure she is looking down at all of you, happy and proud.
I knew my paternal grandfather, who was the love of my childhood. I have wonderful memories of him some of which I share in my book. Unfortunately, he died when I was seven years old. His wife died when very young from cancer and my papou brought up their family of ten children.
My maternal grandmother lived until I was 25. She was very artistic. I have many of her needlepoint pieces as well as elegant lace things that she made. We used to take walks in many of the churches of my hometown to light the candles late afternoons.
Thanks for sharing, my friend!
God bless you and your family!
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