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Monday, October 10, 2005
Milking the Cows
That sounds funny. As if my 91 year old Grammy is currently in labor. Ha. She's not in labor now but she had 6 kids, so she was in labor at one time. Out of all the 6 kids there is only one labor story she has told me. It's the one that proves how tough she is.
She was pregnant with her 3rd or 4th child and living on the farm that she still lives on with my parents. It was her second house with my grandfather. They both used to work in mills but when Grammy started having kids she quit the mill and just took care of the kids and the farm during the day. Gramps still went to the mill to work, as luck would have it though, he worked at a mill that was about a half mile down the road from the farm.
One day Gram wakes up in labor. Not heavy labor but after having had a couple kids, she knew about how much time she had. She got Gramps off to the mill and her eldest child off to school. Then she went out to the barn to feed the chickens and collect eggs. She tidied and got ready for the birth of her next child. When she was sufficiently ready she called the doctor to let him know.
Before lunch came around she gave birth to this child. Now she doesn't give anymore details until later in the day. The story continues when it's late afternoon and the cows need to be milked. Yes, this woman that jut gave birth goes out and milks the cows. I think there were only 2-4 cows at the time but really, isn't milking one cow after giving birth a little much?
People have wondered why I'm back to work so soon and I'll give the answer my Gram gave me when I questioned her about the milking of the cows, "Things just need to be done. The cows need to be milked and it was my job so I did it." There, that's why I'm working again so soon, the cows need to be milked folks.
I did take several days off. I'm not Grammy tough. What did I do on my days off?
While Grammy was in labor she took care of business.
I knit and whined:
After giving birth Grammy took care of business.
I knit and whined:
I'm still knitting and whining while Grammy is spending some time in the hospital. She had a minor stroke yesterday. We're hoping she has a full recovery like she did after the last one. She still has a roomful of yarn to play with and a million more stories to be told.