Sunday, May 4, 2014

Miss Polly

Somedays, I just feel like going all granny-style. Which, isn't too difficult if you're Great-Granny looked and dressed anything like mine....

(l-r: my grandmother, great granny, great-grandpa, great-aunt Debbie; circa 1955, Chicago)

My three fondest memories of my Great-granny, Pauline, are 1. Her giving me an orange and explaining to me that I need to eat all of the "white stuff" from the inside of the skin, because it's full of vitamins; 2. The familiar smell of her house (didn't matter who was there or what was being cooked); and 3. She always had to look "just right" before you took a photo of her.....all the way into her elderly years. It was inevitable; if she was in the photo, just when you begin to count 3, 2...... "Hold on!" Great-granny just had to make sure she looked fabulous for the camera first. We all loved that about her. She was just so cute. 

Made me wonder how many times she told the person taking the photo to re-take the photo "just one more time" until she was satisfied. If anyone in the family has any sense of style, I like to think that it can be contributed to "Miss Polly" she was called by some (I think it's adorable). I love old family photos- period- because there are certain attributes to each family member that I fall in love with, and tend to look for when wandering through my mother and grandmother's photo albums. I had the privilege of knowing my Great Granny before she passed away, an opportunity I know that everyone isn't able to enjoy. I am thankful that she brought together our family on all sides, on a very regular basis. She didn't have a very large home, but that didn't matter. Bring out the card tables and folding chairs, because one of the most important things to her was having all of her kids, grandchildren, great-grands, nieces nephews and friends over. All at once, if possible. I love to find photos of her in her younger years; one of the things I like to notice about her was her sense of style. All of that being said, sifting through the racks of vintage and thrift stores can have a huge payoff.....of you have the patience and know what to look for! One of my latest vintage treasures is reminiscent of my Granny's wardrobe.

So, there. This is what I like to call my "granny style"......because, I just happen to have a Granny that was always dressed-to-the-teeth. Now if I can just keep up with her example! Not just as far as her style goes; but keeping what's most important at the top of her priorities, and that was her loved ones and their well-being.


Janese Rivers said...

I love this! So happy to see you writing again :)

Chandra said...

I, too, had a cute lil' fashionable great-great granny. I inherited a few of her gems, and those items are precious to me!


Brittany Rivers said...

Chandra, I have several of my great-granny's scarves! Love them. She had many!!