|Grandma and Grandpa Fuller|
This week I want to post some of what I have learned from Grandmas -- both my own, and Derek's.
Grandma Fuller is the grandma I feel like I knew the best during my growing up years. When we went to Grandma's house, I remember running right to the pantry to see what she had made for us to snack on. I particularly loved her applesauce cake, but I remember liking her cookies too. She made delicious fruit leather, and I often went down to the storage room to raid her dried fruit. I always felt like Grandma was glad to have us at her house, and she was kind, though I do remember her being frustrated with me for being afraid of her vacuum when I was little!
For many years Grandma sent birthday cards to each of her grandchildren. I got my last one when she was almost 81. She lived until she was 93 and 1/2 and her family was important to her. She came through the temple with me when I went for the first time, was at my wedding, and even came to my little apartment when Derek and I were celebrating our graduation from college. She has many grandchildren and I think she went to as many of our important events as she could manage. I remember hearing at her funeral how important she had been to a cousin of mine. She had written him letters that were important to him. I think she was inspired to know when people needed her, and she supported her children, and grandchildren the best that she could.
My grandma had a lot of skills. She could cook, and bake. She was an excellent gardener, a seamstress, a teacher, and she served the Lord in many ways, including two missions. My Grandma was a very hard worker. I have a quote from her journal on my desk. It was written when she was 88. It says,
"Haven't been feeling very ambitious. I polished the bathrooms so they're clean. I cleaned the floors, vacuumed the rugs, mopped the halls so they're dusted, did a couple loads of wash, then I did some mending and fixed two dresses so they would be more comfortable and this morning I did some irrigating and pulled some weeds. All together I guess that isn't too bad."Somehow this quote never makes me feel discouraged. I just smile, and remember my wonderful, hard working Grandma, and her great example of love and service.
Grandma Fuller and Trisa, February 1991