BC: "It's surprising how much memory is built around things unnoticed at the time." - Barbra Kingsolver
FC: Around the World in 80 years | "In truth a family is what you make it. It is made strong, not by number of heads counted at the dinner table, but by the rituals you help family members create, by the memories you share, by the commitment of time, caring, and love you show to one another, and by the hopes for the future you have as individuals and as a unit." - Marge Kennedy
1: Joyce Marie Munro
4: Ma-tri-arch (n.) 1. A woman who is the head of a family or tribe 2. An older woman who is powerful within a family or organization 3. A highly respected woman who is a mother. 4. A feisty older woman
5: Wife | Best Friend | Daughter | Gigi | Grandma | Mum
7: L O V E | "Sometimes your nearness takes my breath away; and all the things I want to say can find no voice. Then, in silence, I can only hope my eyes will speak my heart." --Robert Sexton
10: ~ Joan's Memories ~ The smell of Lysol in the house when I came home from school; I knew you had cleaned the house that day. You coming to Tapawingo to get me because I wrote home that I was not happy. Putting on long sleeve shirts, long pants, and mosquito repellent in the hot summer to pick black raspberries on the farm. Black raspberry jam. Going to McCure library in the summer to get books to read. The year you helped me sew my dress and cook something to enter in the Heart of Illinois fair. Lipton chicken noodle soup and tuna sandwiches for Sunday lunches. Mostly, I remember I am loved.
11: ~ Tom's Memories ~ How important the S&H Green Stamps were, having lots of books of them, and mum talking with the neighbors about theirs as well. Eating lunch with mum and Shirley Beebe on half days of school. Shirley would always have liverwurst sandwich. Mum & Dad would spend a lot of time getting ready on Friday or Saturday night to go out or to prepare to have the bridge club come over. The bridge club coming over eating candy, having cocktails, smoking, and chewing gum. Now it's fresh fruit and veggies with coffee or water. Mum would always be the one to take us to the fair in the summer during the day and telling us to beware of the carnies on the midway. Totally looking forward to the pool opening and hoping that it would be 72 degrees by 10 AM so we could go. Mum in her full coverage orange suit and driving us in the yellow nova that over heated a lot. Mum sitting with Mrs. Elliot when we got there and her in a very similar swim suit. Mum naming all her recipes after the people she got them from (i.e. Rayma's Spaghetti & Grandma's Cookie Brittle) Mum was always the one to say yes or no if we could have a sleep over on Friday or Saturday night. One of the best things about that was we could have pop, either Dr. Pepper or Mountain Dew. Mum taking me the Dr. Ward's office downtown in the Lehman Building next to Big Al's. I asked her "What is that place?" Mum says "It's a restaurant" Mum picking me up from school and going to Dr. Scwede's office for my allergy shots and learning short hand while we wait for hours in the waiting room.
12: ~ Carol's Memories ~ Things I will never forget from my childhood – prune juice on our family vacations, making chocolate chip cookies (probably every day!), using every nook and cranny of the house for hide-and-seek, my ‘special’ meals you made for me when I didn’t like what everyone else was eating, the steak meals you would make me before a swim meet, you carting me all over central Illinois (and beyond) for those swim meets, your patience teaching me to sew (a bikini, what was I thinking!), and mostly I remember you always being there for me. Some things never change!
13: ~ Mike's Memories ~ When I think of Joyce I think of all the great meals she has served when she probably would have rather been doing something else. I think of her quirky sense of humor and silliness. But mostly I will never forget the look on her face the first time one of our dogs went to the bathroom on her carpet. She must really love our dogs for putting up with them as long as she has.
14: ~ Ron's Memories ~ Making clothing for Tom and I, and then having to model them at the "Heart of Illinois Fair". Washing my mouth out with soap after calling Carol a "bad" word. Spanking me with the yard stick, then me grabbing and breaking it. Having your wallet stolen by a pick pocket in the Paris subway and having to go to the American embassy to get everything re-issued. Making and decorating christmas cookies.
15: My Mother-in-Law Mother of my husband Organized and meticulous True patience Humor is one of her greatest gifts Everyone loves her cooking R oots for football teams with the best of them Incredible seamstress Never-ending sense of adventure Loving mother and doting wife Awesome chocolate chip cookies Wonderful woman By: Jill Munro | ~ Jill's Memories ~
16: What can I say that hasn't been said? You've tucked parents, children, even Great Grand into bed. How many sick noses, Mother's Day roses? How many hugs, pattering feet and bumped heads, nightmares, night lights and bubbly tubs? How does it feel to create so much love ?? From two to twenty and growing still How does it feel to all come from you? Sure, you had help, Grandpa's there too decades on decades you grew and we grew. You ask me? The fifth in line? almost 30 years of watching in real time You are the one who holds together like glue. When I was blue, you smiled and said come have a sandwich, what kind of bread? From snow mounds to tulips, Iris' to thunder Michigan to Geneva, even down under! We all learn so much, I can't fit in this blunder. You are one *Great Great Grandmother* So, know this my GG of G's: Our family is here for you, from you with you in life. we love you, adore you and bring you into light! So much you've given will live on in our Might. On this 80th day of your birth my favorite gift from you, I will teach my daughter well because you've showed me *True *worth. | ~Michael's Memories~
17: I remember, as soon as we got to your house, running up to our rooms to always find a little toy. Then grabbing my light brown bear you made me and not wanting to leave it! I remember spending a lot of time with all three bears you made me, and being glad that you made them well enough to withstand my wear and tear so that I can give them to my children in the future! I know they will love them as much as I did! I remember all the wonderful food you made me over the years, to help me grow as big as I am: your delicious chocolate chip cookies (and that you still send a batch to me from across the country), the countless number of lunchtime sandwiches, and the perfect poached egg (that I can now make myself thanks to your cooking lessons)! I remember our RV camping trips and the first time I stepped into your RV thinking how cool I thought your moving house was! I remember the dinosaur blanket that you made me, that I used as a security blanket and always wanted it with me. And the light blue blanket that I still use today! I remember you making the long trip to San Diego to see me graduate from the Marine Corps, and of how proud you looked when I marched past. I remember being so thankful to see you and give you a big hug after ninety days of boot camp, you were a sight for sore eyes! Most of all, I remember all the love you have given me over the years. Even during those times where I was more than a handful, I can always remember being able to come to you for comfort. You always seem to put your family before yourself, and I know we are stronger because of that. Your patience, kindness and warmth are characteristics that I try to emulate everyday, and things that I hope I can pass on to my children. I love you Grandma! | ~ Matthew's Memories ~
18: ~ Heather's Memories ~ | Teaching me to put on lipstick. Reading Rainbow Bright & La Madeline. Taking me to see la Madeline & Winnie The Pooh in theater. Watching Winnie The Pooh in the den. Always having Life Savers in your purse. Cooking with you. Putting puzzles together. Sewing me into my Swim Banquet dress. Helping to fix my hair into the perfect bun. Teaching me to sew. Sewing pajama pants. Baking & Decorating cookies. Planting Flowers. Grocery shopping at Hucks. Playing dress up in your old clothes.
19: ~ Holly's Memories ~ Most of my memories revolve around visits at your house. Days would usually start with the smell of burnt toast and the taste of marmalade or homemade jam on toasting white bread. Then playing with jewelry and make-up (I think my favorite was the peach lipstick) before visiting the farmer's market or Cubs for lunch and dinner supplies or going to Khols for school clothes. We had so many fun activities like sewing pj pants, baking cookies, and playing games like Go-Fish the centipede game. And I will never forget playing with Felicia's cement duck while you had your hair styled. Nights would end with you tucking me into bed in the pink room, under the rose printed quilt, after a Tigger bubble bath and reading Madeline or Rainbow Bright and The Big Color Mix Up. You never complained about having to read the same books repeatedly and always read it like it was the first time. As I got older, there was less dress up and more conversations. Even though I miss the various cartoon holiday cards in the mail, my memories are less about the M&Ms you left on my pillow and more about how you consistently show your empathy, generosity, and thoughtfulness through your actions. And just so you know, any time I catch the scent of Dove soap in the air or see a package of butterscotch Lifesavers, I think of you.
20: I love Grandma Munro because... She is nice She is sweet She is kind She is caring She is creative She is fun She is an awesome cook and her Nanaimo Bars ROCK! By: Anna Joyce Munro | ~Anna Joyce's Memories~
21: Good Job Gigi!
22: The Grand-Pets
23: Quilts & Bears
24: Countless Graduations... Infinite Investments!