My Birthday Present to my Father, My Recollections on MeMaw

December 15, 2011
By

DadMy father is I believe is 77 or 78 years old today. I could be slightly off, I’m sure he will let me know. He lost his mother a few years ago, my grandmother who I called MeMaw. Reports are that I coined the phrase MeMaw because I couldn’t say grandma. Some say I was her favorite because I was her first grandchild. She certainly was a huge favorite of mine.

Again, it’s my father’s birthday and he was a huge mama’s boy. He came to Columbus from West Virginia in the 1950′s to find work building airplanes. MeMaw eventually moved to Belpre Ohio, seriously a few steps from the the Ohio river and directly beside the Memorial Bridge which separates Ohio from Parkersburg, West Virginia. As a child I thought that was pretty cool. I now realize it was probably pretty crappy real estate.

Once again, my father was a mama’s boy. As a child, it seemed like we visited Belpre Ohio at least once a month. I remember holding a matchbox car and pretending I was driving to Belpre on the trips.

The biggest thing I remember about the visits to Belpre were the Holidays. I remember Christmas where too many family members were stuck in a small house, but nobody cared. MeMaw always had a Christmas tree with cheesy plastic ornaments underneath. They didn’t seem cheesy to me at the time, today they continue to be a wonderful part of my childhood.

Of course, there was always food. On occasion, we would make homemade ice cream which always seemed to require that we go purchase ice, which seemed cool to me. There was always food. MeMaw was a great cook. My only gripe is she had this thing about corn bread. To this day, I must admit I still hate corn bread. It’s not corn and it’s not bread.

During my years with the Kroger company I was stationed in Athens, Ohio which is not that far from Belpre. I was able to visit MeMaw on numerous occasions and we almost always ate at Bob Evans. She was always humble and embarrassed that she didn’t cook for me. I would always point out that she had spent a lifetime cooking for me and my father and this was my way of picking up the check.

There was something great and magical about those trips from Columbus to Belpre to see MeMaw. I’m sure my father misses her. I do too. Happy birthday dad.

Tags: , ,

One Response to My Birthday Present to my Father, My Recollections on MeMaw

  1. Maury ParsonsNo Gravatar on December 15, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Jeff approve my post so that I might add to it.
    Your mommas boy Dad :)

Leave a Reply

Logged in as yarncystal. Log out?

The Madrigal Maniac

A Central Ohio Social Worker striving to bring justice to the City of Columbus and the State of Ohio through respectful conversation.

RSS The Columbus Dispatch

  • UAW will lobby for ouster of Chris Redfern
    Ohio’s United Auto Workers union will lobby for the ouster of Ohio Democratic Party chairman Chris Redfern, The Dispatch has learned. […]
  • Judge sentences illegal dump owner to three years in prison
    A man who operated an illegal dump in Franklin Township was sentenced today to three years in prison after failing to follow through on a promise to clean up the site on Stimmel Road. The sentence is the second longest imposed for an environmental case in Franklin County. […]
  • Mother pleads guilty in malnutrition death
    The mother of a 14-year-old girl who had cerebral palsy and weighed 28 pounds when she died last year pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and other charges today in southwest Ohio. […]
  • 5 indicted in Ohio woman's dismembering
    The live-in boyfriend of a western Ohio woman whose dismembered remains were found in her bathtub has been indicted on aggravated murder and other charges. […]
  • Gov. Kasich orders flags to fly at half staff in memory of fallen Guardsmen
    Gov. John Kasich has ordered that flags at state facilities in Franklin County be flown at half staff on Monday in memory of three Ohio National Guard soldiers killed this week. The Department of Defense identified the soldiers who were killed on Wednesday as: Sgt. 1st Class Shawn T. Hannon, 44, of Grove City; Capt. Nicholas J. Rozanski, 36, of Dublin; and S […]

The Preferred Choice of the Madrigal Maniac

 

Advertisement

Advertisement