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Topic: Blue (10/08/09)
TITLE: Best Hugger Ever
By Ruth Brown
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Her head was down as she pondered the Words of Life. Her printed cotton house dress was clean but worn and covered by a handmade bib apron. Her beige cotton stockings were rolled up at the knees by elastic garters and she wore black shoes,with a heel,that laced up the front.
That was the scene that greeted us almost every time we went to Grandma's house.
She'd look up and give us the best smile I have ever seen or ever will see until I get to heaven.
Then big hugs went all around. She was the best 'hugger' ever too.
I know her house was worn and shabby but it glowed bright when she was there.
I've seen the old coal stove glow red with heat but that didn't compare to the warmth of her smile or her sparkling blue eyes.
When my brother was little he slept in a dresser drawer at her house and I got to climb right in bed with my grandma.
I didn't care that she snored or put her teeth in the jar at night or that it was really cold upstairs or that the train whistle blew at the crossing at One A.M.
We lay there talking about Jesus and
how much He loved us. Some times we sang songs about the 'home in Glory Land.'
I knew Grandma missed my grandpa and he was already there in 'Glory Land.'
One time all us cousins were at Grandma's house and the peaches were ripe.
She said, “If you children will pick the peaches and help me peel them, we'll fire up the old wood cook stove and have us a good ole peach cobbler.”
Hmmm my mouth waters still yet. I can smell it baking all sweet and good, with some woodsmoke mixed in.
It was the best thing I have ever put in my mouth to this day.
She was a Godly example to me always,showing me how to love and extend hospitality.
My last visit with her was in the hospital. I hugged her and she hugged me.
I said,”Grandma I want you to get better, I've got the cutest baby boy who needs to meet you. He's got your beautiful blue eyes.”
“ I'd sure like that Ruthie. But I don't know if I'll be going back to the house.
She raised her hand and said, I've already told the good Lord here's my hand I'm ready to go Home.”
Tears trickled down my face as I hugged
her one last time and said,” I love you Grandma,'bye for now.”
Almost forty years have passed since that day.
I long for that next visit in her home
in 'Glory Land away beyond the blue.'
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