Friday, January 16, 2009

Haiku Friday -- Grandma and Grandpa's Legacy

Recently my mother sent a photo of her mother and one of her father. Separate photos taken either shortly before of after they were wed. From those photos sprang these thoughts.

My mother's mother
Beula Elizabeth Deaton
I called her Grandma

My mother's father
He's Henry Alvin Britton
I never met him

Wed 1914
Ten children were born to them
Only eight survived

Auto accident
When Grandpa was 47
Five children still home

Aunts, uncles, cousins
Filled my live for many years
Now in reunions

Sometimes I wonder
Would this family please them
This their legacy


Ladykli said...

Very nice poem. I sometimes wonder what our ancestors would think of their modern relatives.

Family photo reminds me of Ricks family gatherings. We used to get together every summer at some cabins near the water. What fun!

storyteller said...

Lovely haiku response to these photos and BEAUTIFUL family legacy!
Hugs and blessings,

Julie said...

Hey, Patsy...

Here are your questions. i don't think I have an email address for you, so I am putting them here!

1. What is your earliest childhood memory?

2. What is your dream vacation? Where would you go if you had unlimited funds and were excused from all responsibilities?

3. Where is your favorite place to be?

4. Tell me about your favorite book or movie or song or something.

5. If you were the supreme ruler of the universe, what petty little pet peeve would be a capital crime? And what would be the punishment? (Like, would people who suck their teeth at the table be banished to the outer rings of Pluto? Or maybe people who drive for miles with their left turn signal on might be allowed to only ever make right turns...)

Don't forget the rules....

You have to link back to the original post
( and
also to my post
( and
include the following in your post:

Want to be part of it? Follow these instructions:
1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone
else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them
five questions.

Thanks for playing,


Julie said...

How could they not be pleased? That is quite the bunch.

Looks a lot like my family reunion photos, actually, except none of mine have been taken in Texas!

Losing Myself said...

Very good, Sis.