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Ode to Juanita Dunn

Posted Monday, February 2, 2009, at 4:17 PM

My Grandmother passed away yesterday. She was 94. She was born in an era with out modern conveniences for the most part. I think the Titanic sank that year.

I remember her telling me of the hard times they had in the '30's, and working in the cotton fields. They lived in a dirt floor shack.

She talked of her mother, Selena De Priest how she had come from Cajun country to marry a railroad man.

They had a happy marriage and my grandmother was called his "candy girl" because he would buy her a piece of stick candy when he came off the rail lines.

She talked of the tragedy that brought his death, an accident on the railroad and the relatives that came afterward and stole their model T car, and some other valuables.

She recalled the boarding house her mom opened and the men who graced the long table, how they had to remove all their weapons before she would serve them food.

They lined up their guns on a bed in one of the bedrooms off the kitchen.

She was a strong woman, having babies and out in the field hours later with the babe strapped to her back.

She loved fiercely and was always ready with a smile and a word of advice.

The only time I ever saw my father back down when Momma gave him that "look" and told my father "Buddy leave the boy alone about his dreadlocks." He was fussing about my brother.

She broke her hip, and went to the doctor three months later, complaining "it hurt a mite."

Here's to you, Juanita Dunn, you were a great woman and your legacy lives on in me, I am short like you, opinionated like you, and love like you. I pray I have 1/3 of your wisdom.


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I am so sorry about your Grandmother but it sounds like you have some wonderful memories of her and she lived a long full life.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Mon, Feb 2, 2009, at 4:36 PM

My condolences Lesa, your grandmother sounds like mine.

-- Posted by michaelbell on Mon, Feb 2, 2009, at 4:36 PM

I'm sorry to hear about your grandmother. I just lost mine last year (a year ago tomorrow, actually) - she was 96. It's been really hard, but having wonderful memories of her has helped - like your memories will help you.

-- Posted by cfrich on Mon, Feb 2, 2009, at 5:23 PM

I am Lesa's Mom and I loved Juanita too. I was blessed with two mothers because I considered her my Mom too even tho she was a "mother-in-law". She was funny and had a lot of common sense. I wish I could have spent more time with her but am so glad Lesa did.

-- Posted by Miss Audrey on Mon, Feb 2, 2009, at 7:08 PM

Special women run in your family.

We know that we had some savvy,gallant and formidable people come out of previous generations.

Thanks to them,we haven't had it quite so hard.

May we have been given enough of their strength that we can prosper in these easier times with the hope, courage,ingenuity and love they posessed when war, poverty,disease and natural disasters added to all the other challenges they faced and overcame.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Mon, Feb 2, 2009, at 8:06 PM

thanks to everyone, your kind words. I got back this morning at 2:00 and my cats were disgrunted..

Cats!

the was estatic, i was overjoyed to see my bed.

Whew.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Thu, Feb 5, 2009, at 2:49 PM


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Lesa Cox has owned a cleaning service and a bookstore; now, she repairs and maintains computers for the elderly and others on a fixed income. She enjoys animals, gardening, books and fixing old cars. She and her husband have one son, who suffers from Asperger's syndrome.