Friday, October 4, 2013

Back In The Day

Today i was sitting down chatting about my grandma to another elder from Alabama/ Florida area, and we began discussing how people in North are so very different from those raised in South. I can recall as a child when my grandma cooked she would feed the neighborhood. Not to say we had it like that but if you where hungry Mrs. Ruth, my granny would feed you, a good home cooked meal.
When i went to Georgia as a teenager and stayed with my grandpa we were up with the birds. Hence, early bird catches the worm. Nowadays kids wanna stay in bed sleeping all day.
The people where very mannerable, using  maa'm or sir. People in neighborhood where very close and knew each other by first names. And when you walked down street people spoke to each other without turning head or saying nothing at all.
So we chatted and somehow i got to asking if he saw 42, the Jackie Robinson movie. He chuckled and said you know how old i am? Oh my goodness he was very smart, tough guy. Didn't take no junk...bout 6 ft, dark good looking black man. His wife....oh was she a pretty where little at time he played ball. She is around 85-90 years old with prettiest silver hair. Think they had two boys n maybe a girl later...Can't quite remember. Anyways he began to say, he had diabetes and it got to his eyesight, and started affecting other parts of his body. You know back then we didn't know how handle those things. Hmmm, so sad was a good man.
Back to matter at hand he says, make sure you record and right down everything. Whatever your grandma tells you keep track of. Sometimes when you get older you forget. And alot times back then people didn't really know who they Daddy was. I laughed and said, well she does and its confirmed. Just cant find anything on her mothers death yet.....thats still a mystery.....


  1. I was visiting in Alabama last month and your observations are accurate.
    I still heard Ma'am and sir. Everyone spoke or waved or blew their horns as acknowledgement.

    When I was in Lowndes County I was offered food in almost every home. When I visited new found relatives in Birmingham and Montgomery, I was asked to spend the night.
    Even when I meet an older relative originally from the south who moved north I am treated extremely well.

  2. Yes indeed, good ol southern hospitality!!