Sunday, April 24, 2011

Life, Death, Granny's Mission and the Lessons of Easter

"I'm worried about Granny having to travel everywhere, "Lisa told Elmer.  And Elmer said to her, "Even if Granny dies one day, behind the veil, you see, her voice, her message and her love will remain with us.  Those who have learned and listened, well they will carry on, for life is always somewhere good when we have love inside.
Cane River on the way to Cloutierville where people know life and death and love that is eternal

And Granny, she says to Lisa, "A love that is universal is something we all share.  We have people in our lives who come and go, like that proverbial wind that blows us here and there, we move.  So this Granny is always part of this world, that symbol in your lives of one of those who loves you all the time and whose simple ways this old woman wants her babies never to forget.

The stories, they will be here, for as long as one can write and share and love, on Easter, on every day, we remember a man called Jesus who gave his love and life for everyone of us.  Granny's sharing and love for everyone has always been to give that message most of all, a message for the day and for eternity.  That message is that life is like that river, like the waters of our birth, that brings us up and then takes us somewhere behind that veil.  Yet who we are, our essence still remains in memories that never pass away so long as we always take the path of love.  So we worry not about growing old, or your Granny not being one place or another, or dying one day and leaving you alone, because those who love like Granny tries to do leave a footprint so the rest of you can follow in these shoes.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Cheatin' on taxes, Granny says, is like a little murder

"What you doin', Granny?" My grandchild Sue is only seven years old and always asking questions.  "Payin' taxes," I told her.  "But you don't have much money, so how come you're payin'?"  "Somebody has to," I told her.  "There's no such thing as a little murder."
Even the tooth fairy pays taxes - wikimedia commons
Sue looked at me funny, but then she started to laugh.  "You're always sayin' that, Granny.  I remember, but what do you mean about taxes?"

"Well we got ten big rules we got to follow," I explained to that sweet child.  "Lyin' and cheatin' is somethin' the man upstairs says we can't do.  Even folks who don't believe He's watchin' have to follow those special rules.  Many of them do, cause they know what's right cause there's that little voice inside us all that reminds us when we're doin' wrong.  You can't pray on Sunday or any day and talk bout doin' good, then cheat someplace else.

Granny don't have much money,"  Sue knows that's true, but Granny doesn't want her grandchild  to grow up thinkin' people should find some way not to pay those taxes.  "I'm payin' somethin' because the little bit I pay can help and, cause when other people don't, it means we all get hurt some way.  So even when we don't owe much we still have babies to go to school, old folks needin' attention and roads we have to drive on that's needin' fixed right now, even here in Cloutierville."

"A little murder?  Not payin' taxes is that bad?  My Daddy says that rich folks don't have to pay much at all these days, so how come you pay yours?"  Sue wrinkled up her nose, but she is little and one day she might learn, like some of us folks, that someone's always lookin' on your heart and those ten rules don't say which rule to follow first.  So I says to Sue, "There's one more rule that matters a lot when tax time comes along.  Love is that other rule that means remembering people who are hurtin' and the things all of us need.  When people lie about taxes, they can lie bout most anything; and somewhere folks get hurt when lies pile up like that.  And people can even die when there is no one else who cares and no money to pay for what they need."

Remember when you lost your tooth and woke up that mornin' with that 50 cents on your dresser?  Well, even the tooth fairy has to pay taxes, cause there was a nickel left on the kitchen table to help with payin' the bills so everyone in this house can eat.  That's what Granny means by taxes and why everyone should help."

"Here's my pencil, Granny." Sue said, as she toddled off to bed.  "I want to help you do what's right, and this is all I have."

I prayed last night my other grandbabies old and young, rich and poor, might be as wise as Sue.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Pass the budget or watch your backsides, Granny declares

"Well, where are you going with those bags by the door?"  Elmer knew, but he was thinkin' he ought to get ready himself cause there's no stoppin' me from goin'.  "These varmits are causing a peck of trouble in Washington, and I am goin' to make those whipper snappers do what they supposed to do right quick." I told him.
The Woodshed is big enough for Congress
You see, this old lady, she remembers.  When you gets that certain age, you got a peck of business in your noggin, and I been thinkin' bout this for a time.  I thought those cousins (cause they are you know) might make up and get goin' with their business.  But oh no, they done forgot their manners, so I'm fixin' to get on the plane tomorrow and make sure they do it right.  There's a woodshed out back for the lot of them, and Elmer said there are enough trees in the yard to make all the paddles he needs.

God love them; some of them, they just don't know.  But I remember when old people went to the poor house if their folks couldn't take them in.  I remember some people who moved away from Cloutierville when times were hard in the Depression and Franklin Roosevelt was President, lookin' for jobs when there weren't none.  Old people stayed behind, like they always do; and we fed each other from the gardens.  Other towns didn't have those things, where the weather was bad, and the cold set in.  Then them old people they done suffered.  If that's the way they is goin', they goin' to the woodshed, those varmits for sure.

Then those babies and their schoolin'.  That readin' and writin' business is for everybody, and folks need even more, so I'm gonna make sure that nothin' happens to my grandbabies down the way.

Now any of you who want to get goin' and help get those folks to pass the budget, pack your bags and start movin' cause if those folks in Washington ain't listenin', we're takin' some paddles to some behinds. Elmer said he's takin' enough for some of you who are comin' cause there are enough behinds in Congress, we're gonna need the rest of you to help.  We got a world of trouble right now, and we don't need them addin' to it anymore.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Granny gets tough about trash

"You pick that trash up right now and put it where it's supposed to be," and he looked at me and said, "Hey you ain't my Mama, so what's it to you" and that child he soon learned bein' brave don't mean talkin' tough.
Trash pick up - wikimedia commons
They stood outside that little store while Elmer was gettin' gas.  They was eatin' sandwiches and drinkin' from big tall cups with soda pop.  When Elmer and me came out of the store, the sandwich papers and cups were on the ground, and the boys was standin' laughin' and that's when Granny knew these fellers needed a set to cause they sure done forgot, if they ever learned, what's right and wrong these days.

"No, I ain't your mama, but your mama she knows me.  I'm your Granny like I am to those folks in that store right there,  and every one else around here.  I guess you need remindin'.  You see your Granny here loves you and wants you to live in a world that's clean and good and especially nice for you.  We're all here to help each other and that means keepin' things clean for the next people who come around.  I'm gettin' too old to get around and pick up all that trash.  God forgive me, I just can't do it all.  And I been feelin' poorly too, but then I won't throw my trash on the ground like that when the can is just over there.  So you pick up that garbage and get yourself goin' cause you boys, you ain't doin" right.

Well I thought those boys would get mad right there,  and one of them said, "She's a stupid old lady.  Don't pay no attention.  Let's get out of here.  We got things to do anyway."  But the other boy spoke up.  God bless that child.  He did.

"Maybe she's my Granny, and maybe she isn't; but nobody talks to me like that, so there's something different I think.  If she ain't my Granny, she sure got nerve, that old lady; and that means somethin' too.  You see you and me we talk real tough, and there are two of us.  But that old lady standin' there, she's just got that old man.  So she might be the tough one, and I ain't hangin' round to find out."  His friend just sniffed, but they picked up the trash and put it in the can right then and I see them walkin' away.

And Elmer, well he knows me; but he was tired that day and says, "Now you could have got us into some trouble there openin' your mouth like you do.  I ain't sayin' you shouldn't, but you havin' been sick and all, well I was gettin' worried there just a minute.  But I figured you knew what you were doin' since you always do, Lord knows."

I smiled.  My Elmer, he knows too, that when you don't speak up with those babies maybe no one will.  They get older, and they don't learn.  The trash gets bigger too, no matter what kind of trash it might be.    Inside this heart Granny learned waitin' for someone else to do the right thing  means the right thing don't get done in Cloutierville or anywhere else so I'm just not gonna wait and let any kind of trash pile up.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Granny gets sick and all hell breaks loose

"If you're feeling better, you gotta get out of that bed and help out here," Elmer told me.  Granny's been sick for weeks now, cause that's what happens to us old ones now and again.  All hell's been breakin' loose, and I gotta say somethin' bout it.
                                                                    

Earthquake Aftermath in Misawa and Hachinohe, 2011- Wikimedia Commons



Bless those babies.  Time's is hard in Japan.  I called them when I got out of bed, first thing, cause they been brave all right.  Earthquakes, floods and big trouble with nuclear stuff has made for sufferin' for sure.  Granny's been thinkin' and hopin' that everyone helps out since Japan people keep things to theirselves lots of times and so folks think they're doin' okay even when they're hurtin and all.

I hear Khadafi been gettin' into trouble again.  He done forgot his lessons I taught him and that whuppin' he got from Elmer just wasn't enough.  So I hear a whole bunch of people are lookin' for that feller to put him in that woodshed out back cause that's what happens when boys don't behave like they should. 

Bad stuff happenss to good people too, like old Granny said, and like happened to Japanese folks.  It's what you do when it happens tells what a body is like. 

Now this old Granny still needs her rest for a bit, but I got eyes in the back of my head and not so sick anymore.  I need you folks to be nice to each other and all of you helpin' out, cause the folks in Cloutierville can't do it all.