Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Another Memory

A sad morning Through My Back Door. My giant has died. My Mother's first cousin, Eddie, was a big man. A big man in more ways than size. He was my giant. You have read about his wife, Ila, who gave me my first coffee grinder. I grabbed it and left them outside. A story still being laughed about. Well, Eddie was my rescuer. When I would visit back in Ohio, after my grandparents moved back here, he would always come get me and take me to their house. I loved being there. They had 4 little ones and it was always jumping. Triplett boys and a daughter, Kathy. If he was driving a truck I rode with him, and he always made me feel I was special. Ila taught me all I know about cooking and housekeeping. My Mother just didn't make me do anything. Something Beth, Deb, and I talked about while we were at Beths. I peeled my first potato at their house. Yes, it  was big, but not so when  I was finished. Fast forward a few years and I am an adult and married. I was blessed when he and Curtis became so close. Lots of fun trips made back and forth from Powell to Ohio, and Ohio to Powell.  Our kids called them Uncle and Aunt. They were so good to them. Lots of memories flooding today. So many laughs around their big oak table. Anytime we visited, Ken, Kirk, Keith, and Kathy, were always there. Sitting around that table eating and having such a wonderful time.
My giant died last night, but he will never be forgotten. He was a big man in not only size, but heart.
He loved his dogs. They were family to him. His children and grands were the light of his life.
I can still seeing him grilling steaks, asking over and over again, "Is it okay? If its not right, we can do another, or put it back on." Those of us lucky enough to be there would just laugh and look at one another. I will miss that laugh.
Thanks for letting me share another memory and for coming Through My back Door where life is good.
PS: Amelia is growing like a little weed, but still in NICU. Please continue the prayers
PSS: Tamra is doing well
PSSS: Don't forget Christmas in July in Clinton Saturday.


  1. So sorry for you loss! Thinking of you today!

  2. So very sorry for your loss, Betty. I think we have all had a 'giant' in our lives and have felt some of what you must be feeling...God bless you and your family....

  3. He sounds like a wonderful man.... I'm so sorry you have lost your gentle giant today.... How great that you have all those beautiful memories of him!

  4. So sorry for the loss of your dear giant, He sounds so special. Thinking of you and keeping your family in my prayers.

  5. So sorry Betty, but continue to enjoy remembering all those good times.

  6. Dear Betty I am so sorry for your loss.
    We have way too many of these sometimes in a row and it is so sad. We just had a der friend pass last Sunday.
    I am saying prayer - isn't is great that our minds store all those wonderful memories.

  7. Hugs and prayers on the way for you and your family. He will always be in your heart and thank you for making me smile with the memories you shared.

  8. I am so sorry. You have such wonderful memories to cherish.

  9. I am so sorry dear ..
    Sending you lots of hugs and prayers x

  10. I am sorry Betty, my condolences to you.

  11. What a sweet picture and sorry you lost him. He and Curtis are probably grillin steaks in heaven right now.
    and laughing!

  12. Thoughts and prayers are with you sweetie. You have such wonderful memories of him.

  13. I am so sorry to hear this Ms Betty but what such wonderful sweet memories you have...Yes, he does sound like a sweet gentle giant. God always those "big" men with "tender" hearts to touch the world. Praying for you as always! Again, so glad Amelia is growing so well and Tamra is doing well too. Have a great week and get ready for the 127 Yard Sale. We may just run into each other. Blessings!

  14. Hugs to you Ms. Betty! Wish there was more I could do. hugs! OLM

  15. So sorry for your loss my friend. Thinking of you from Michigan, Dawn

  16. Hello Betty, Such a sweet tribute to your uncle. You must have loved him and his wife very, very much. I have had some family member in my family that have just meant the world to me...so I really do know how you feel. May God watch over you and your family, your Uncle and his family. I am so sorry for your loss.


  17. Dearest Betty: SO sorry for your loss of "your giant" of a man. This has been a tough year for you. You write a beautiful, heartfelt post and I am sure brought many to tears. I have thought of you so often this summer but it does take me time to "get it together." Thank you for your comments...I am remiss in not thanking sooner. {{HUGS}} Joy

  18. Morning Friend
    So sorry to hear of your loss, but what sweet treasured memories you are left with.
    Find peace there and knowing He is home.
    Woolie Hugs & Blessings

  19. Betty I'm so sorry for this loss of your loved one. You have many memories to hold forever in your heart though.


  20. Betty so sorry to read about your loss. What a blessing he was to have in your life! Keeping you in my prayers.
    Be blessed,


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