Tuesday, September 15, 2009


March 25, 1907-Feb 1982

Lily mathis my paternal grandmother known to us grandkids as grandmuh. Lily was born in Pine Bluff, Ark and her family is a mystery to me just like my maternal side.

One thing I can say about my mother, although her and my dad's marriage did not work out, she made sure we maintained a relationship with my dad and his side of the family. So I spent so many summers on the Westside of Chicago with my dad and all my cousins.

Although my grandmuh didn't have much money and probably couldn't really afford to have me and my brother over, she always made sure us kids had a good breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I've learned a lot from her. She is the one who taught me what survival was all about. I miss those meals of chicken and dumplings, chicken and noodles, and chicken and rice. I know, a lot chicken. See back then chicken in our household went a long way and grandmuh showed us how to make that happen.

I miss my grandmuh!! If I would have known then what I know now, I would have spent a lot more time asking so many questions about her and about her family. I knew she was a twin, but learned that she had other sisters and a brother. If only I would have asked.  Now I am left to put her life back together by myself. Its ok, cause I believe thats what her spirit wants me to do!!

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