What good is a first name if no one ever calls you by that name? Far Guys Maternal Grandmother’s real name was Almeada Clara. She was mostly known as Meade..or Meady, but I have heard a few people refer to her as Clara.
I found an old polaroid of Meade and an unknown bride. Near as we can figure one of the Nurses was getting married and stopped by to see some of the residents. Far Guy’s Dad took this Polaroid Photo. It is not marked, I sent a copy to a few relatives and no one knows who the bride is.
The only thing I can figure out for sure is that it was taken in the Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes Minnesota and it was taken before 1990…because Meade died that year.
However this photo reminded me of two things. Notice all the glasses and cups on Grandma Meades tray. She liked to line up her coffee, milk and juice just so…and her water was nearby. By the time this photo was taken her eyesight was not very good…and if the drinks were lined up she could find them. At this point in her life she had been deaf for 40 plus years (Tuberculosis). Her Magic Writing Pad/Magic Slate and a magnifying glass are on the bed. She never learned sign language so everything had to be written on the Magic Slate, she would read it and them answer verbally. She talked quite loud and had a very distinctive voice.
Back in the 1970’s and 1980’s we would stop to visit her every few weeks…she loved seeing the girls. They were mostly scared of her, the loud voice and when she would reach out to touch or hug them they would become frightened.
Far Guy’s Mom came to visit her Mother regularly… she visited at least once a week if not twice. Far Guy’s Dad patiently drove her the 45 miles over and back again from the visits. One time Meade asked her “Who is that man you are with? He sure has been hanging around a long time.”
That story when related to us made us all smile.