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May 2, 2010

Remembered


Today was my granddad's birthdate.......so I wanted to remember him because he was such a big part of my life. Edwin E. was born May 2, 1898......can you imagine.......1898.
I rememeber the first time my brother and I realized the significance of that year.  Imagine all the things Edwin E. had seen and lived through in his lifetime....inventions and developments........the Model "T", the airplane, The Great Depression, radio, the talky movies, fountain pen, crayons, black & white television, a man on the moon, ballpoint pen, color television, just to name a few.
Granddad told us stories about when he and Grandma lived in Chicago where he worked as a mail clerk in the mid to late 1920's.  By 1933, my mom was born and they'd moved to Kerrville, Texas to live near Edwin E.'s sister, Peachie.  Later he and Grandma moved to central Texas where I now live in their old house. 
Granddad was an educator. He taught Civics, Science and Math. He also became a Superintendent. At home and in the community, he was big into 4-H and community unkeep. He built a ham-radio and always encouraged my brother and I do try new things.
Granddad died in 1982 but all that he taught me and shared with me has never left me. 
Someone asked once, "If you could bring back anyone, even for one day, who would it be and why?"  My answer would be my Granddad....I could just hear him say, "Why Rhondee, what are all these new fangled things? Tell me about em', how do they work?" And I'd say.............

10 comments:

Kathy said...

Rhonda, what a great post about your Granddad. He sounds like a wonderful person but then look at you. Fruit don't fall too far from the tree. The ham radio part is interesting. Did you know my dad was a ham radio operator? He built radios and at one time was the Civil Defense Director for Harris County.

Needled Mom said...

What a nice tribute to your grandfather. Wouldn't he be amazed at the new inventions?

Pat said...

What a nice post...I just know he'd have a computer AND a blog if he were alive today!!! (My grand-dad was born in the late 1800's, too....so I felt the same about what he experienced in the course of his lifetime as you do about your grand-dad.)

Jan said...

What a wonderful remembrance of a wonderful man. You're very lucky to have these memories. BTW, in our family we call the grandfathers Granddad, too.

Gene Black said...

Yes Rhondee (I may have to start calling you by that name) Our grandfathers did see a LOT. But then in MY lifetime I have seen amazing progress. I remember when a computer that does what my cell phone does would have taken a city block to house. (and you would have to keep it at a constant temperature so it didn't burn out!)
I remember gas for a quarter a gallon....and now I feel older'n dirt!
((grin)) thanks for sharing.

Barb said...

What a sweet post.....

Patty said...

lovely post about your Granddad, my grandmother was also born in 1898 too! We've also often marveled at all the things she witness as well.

Melli said...

Ohhhhh what GREAT memories you have! I sO envy people who KNOW their roots! Who know the stories and the PEOPLE they come from! You are sO blessed Rhonda! Your grandfather sounds like he was just a WONDERFUL man! I bet he REALLY was!

Thank you sO much for stopping by this weekend! It was sO good to see you!

joanne lendaro said...

What a great post! What a GREAT man! How fantastic to have such a wonderful inspiration in your life. You were truely blessed...

Sweet P said...

Grandpa sounds like a great man. You were blessed with his presence.

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