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I wrote a little about my grandfather yesterday, but he wouldn't have been able to be a farmer if it weren't for my grandmother. She went to work at an early age as a telephone operator and eventually retired in the early eighties. It was her steady income that helped them through the tough times of being a farmer.
She worked the late shift, 11:00pm to 7:00am for many, many years. As a boy, I remember spending the night with my grandfather so we could go hunting in the morning and I would get to sleep with him because she was always at work.
My grandmother loved to can and I spent a lot of time helping her pick the vegetables, prepare them and then put them up in jars.
She passed away in January of 2003 at the age of 79. Even in the previous year, at the age of 78, she had us out in the tomato field picking tomatoes so that we could put them up. She sat in the car most of the time to stay out of the heat, but she was so happy to be back out in the tomato field again.
If she were here now she would already be scanning the paper for U-pick fields and getting her jars ready.
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Both your grandparents sound such lovely people. You must really miss having them around.
Very nice memories of your grandmother. She sounded like a wonderful lady with a great heart. Thanks for sharing Eclecticgarden.