Good things come in small packages


No, this isn’t about my packages from Amazon because believe me, those are all very big boxes. The big chef’s skillet came along with the pasta pot set but that has a broken handle and will go back. This is about my grandparent’s house.

My father was born here:

I took this picture about 6 years ago, long after my grandparents had died Apparently the owners keep their Christmas decorations up for awhile since I think I took this in the spring on a visit to Pittsburgh. Not much has changed on the outside- the little fence used to be rose bushes that my grandpa took care of. I don’t remember the awning being there but maybe it was. Certainly there was not a baby gate. I do remember the brick road and loved hearing the occasional car drive over them.  Believe it or not, I was standing on the curb opposite the house to take this picture. The street is very narrow, barely enough room for two cars to travel up and down at the same time.

These are my grandparents, I am not sure what year this was.

Here is their garden behind them.

The garden had a path down the center of it so grandpa and grandma could tend to it. As a child, I would run up and down that path even though we kids were not allowed to. Grandpa didn’t want us ruining his plants! I totally get that now as I have some tomatoes and herbs growing and I am very protective of them.

The house also had a nice back porch that we could sit out on and rock in the metal chairs or old metal glider. The glider was your standard three-seater with vinyl cushions that were hot on bare legs in the summer and cool in the fall and spring. Grandpa was cheap, nowadays we call it “frugal” or “green” so he re-used many items around the house for other things. One thing I remember is the “flyswatters” he made. They were made from broken tomato steaks or furring strips and pieces of indoor/outdoor carpet. It was the kind of carpet that had a rubber back. I’ll say the carpet remnant was about 9 inches X 6 inches. And let me tell you something-those babies would sting if you were smacked with one. Grandpa had several of these laying around and with a few brothers and cousins, we would regularly have battles with those things. Pity the kids who didn’t grab one first and hold on to it until supper time or when it was time to leave.  Those old metal chairs would make a very soothing sound as I rocked in them. It was a nice place to just hang out as a kid because it was cool and you could smell the food from the kitchen.

Memories are wonderful because long after those we love are gone, they still live in our hearts and minds. My mind is full of memories of my grandparents home but that’s enough for today.

If you have living grandparents, take the time to enjoy them while they are still with you. My husband’s 90 year old grandmother is coming to town for a visit this week so I plan on taking some time to visit with her.

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27 thoughts on “Good things come in small packages

  1. What wonderful memories – and great pictures!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog – glad to have found you through the Tea Party!

  2. Hi! Here from LB tea party – love your site – my husband is Italian and I always am asking his mom for recipes! Now I can search here too!

    • Wendy, I am glad you came by. Let me know if you make something. Is there a recipe in particular you might be looking for? I am very much into trying new ones to review for others.

  3. Stopping by from the LB tea! I absolutely love seeing these photos and the memories you share with them make my heart smile … so cool! My grandma passed away in 2000, and I often wish I could have 1 more meal with her, 1 more sit-down session, 1 more opportunity to soak in the memories of her life. . .

    Thanks for the wonderful post!! I really enjoyed it!

    • I’ll be honest here and tell you I had a complete meltdown, with ugly crying and all, last week because I too wish for one more meal, one more walk or one more time to sit and talk with my grandma and my dad. I miss not knowing them now when I am so much into my family history. Thanks for coming by.

  4. i love the old photos, i did a scrapbook for my mom with the ancestral photos and got a photo of the boat my grandmother sailed on from the ellis island society

    • I have a picture postcard of the ship one of my grandparents sailed on as well. My cousin did an extensive genealogy along with over 300 pictures from different family members. My own has grown since then so an update might be in order soon. Thanks for coming by and I am glad you enjoyed the photos. I have more to post in the future.

  5. Hi! I’m here from The Lady Bloggers Tea Party Social! Pleased to meet you. I’ve got a HELLO, HANDSOME blog party happening at my blog right now. I’d be tickled pink if you stopped by and joined in the fun.

    Deborah
    Homemaker Honey
    homemakerhoney.com

  6. Hi came by from LBS Tea Party Social, I am also Italian and your post pictures look so much like my grandparents, but they settled in Connecticut. What region in Itlay did your prandparents come from? mine came form Bari and Rome.
    So, I left my e mail here to follow along.
    Happy Saturday!

    • I have not visited and I am very eager to do so. The little village of my grandparents is Campolieto and it’s picture is my header. It’s in the Molise region. If you would like to follow my blog, you can click on the “subscribe” button on the side. Thanks!

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  8. What a nice digital archival record of your family’s history! Just dropping by from LBS, thanks for reminding us to remember our family and their memories.

  9. Those are wonderful memories! It’s so important for kids to have spent time with their grandparents, that is a really special relationship. Thanks for this post!

  10. Wow! What an amazing story. I enjoyed your story. My grandma is in Nebraska now, she’s 85 years old and still kickin’ it. She just wont stop doing things like small chores. She said she doesnt want to feel old and she feels sicker when she’s all day sitting. We havent seen for more than a decade and I dearly miss her…. Stopping by from Lady Blogger’s Tea Social Party! Its been nice to stumble upon your blog…. U

    • Well I sure hope you get a chance to go visit your grandma. I know that older people need to stay active or they simply give up and die. Good thing she is keeping busy as she is able.

  11. Hello from SITS!!

    What wonderful memories you have. You painted such a vivid picture. LOVE the old photos too. So awesome that you have them to look back on.

    I love your quote up at the top too.

    Have a great Sunday!!

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