Vikings


Went to lunch with my good friend Vanessa, the kind of lunch where we laugh, tear up, laugh again and just have a wonderful time. Vanessa recently lost her Grandmother Ruth, said she'd been in a funk about it. After her telling me about her I realized she sounded like my kind of lady!

Ruth hated T-shirts, only wanted men and boys in collared shirts (amen Grandma). She HATED paper napkins, God forbid you brought in fast food because she'd hand you a linen napkin (should I tell you now I eat In and Out Burger on china?). Even though Ruth had stomach cancer, and skin cancer and was in her nineties, Vanessa described her still as a perfect, shiny, hostess. I love it. What a lady.

My Uncle Bill died last week, at 92. This was my Grandmommie's, Coco's namesakes brother (My Great Uncle Bill). He was a southern gentleman that looked better in his sear sucker suit than anyone you ever saw. He was a war hero, an author of 14 books on regional history, and was a lawyer who championed civil rights at a time and place this was very unpopular. He was married to my Aunt Katherine for 63 years. He was the family historian and loved to tell me "you are a descended from Vikings".

It's people like Vanessa and I that carry these histories forward so that our kids know what real ladies and gentlemen were and should be like. Quite a lot to live up to.

Yesterday one of the mom's at Landon's mommy and me gymnastics class asked what happened to his arm. I told her a blood clot when he was born, he had a stroke, could have been brain damaged, has had numerous surgeries and skin grafts...basically a little miracle. She replied: "Wow. What a little viking!"

How about that. I told her about Uncle Bill and she got the chills. Said she'd never even said the word "viking" before. She wondered where it came from. I know where it came from. Thanks Uncle Bill. I needed a little reminder.

xo The Mrs.

17 comments:

Mom x 2 said...

This post gave me chills, OFM. What a great reminder of what we carry in our hearts with us.

I got my stationery yesterday. Thanks so much for sending it. It's beautiful!!

Mom of One for Now said...

What a great story! I think you could call that a "God Wink". ;)

Brie said...

So cool... I love stories like that.

I keep reminding myself how lucky I am/was to have special people (much like your Uncle Bill) in my life for as long as I have. It's hard b/c I miss them so much, but still feel lucky to have walked away with what I've learned from them and it's mine forever!

Sorry for you loss

Danielle (Life with the Hewitt Family) said...

What an awesome story!

Melissa said...

That's such a fantastic story! Gave me chills!

I'm sorry for the loss of your uncle.

Preppy 101 said...

This is one of my fave posts from you yet. So spine-tingling in a good way. And you know, The Mrs. - those days of Coco crying and the Nanny quitting and no time for showering, etc., etc. - those days when you survived it - now I know it was definitely the Viking in you. ;-) xoxo

The 5 Bickies said...

I have chills. That's an amazing story. Don't forget to write it in his baby book.

Solar Powered said...

I got chills and tears in my eyes. I LOVE that kind of story.

Surf Girl said...

That is such a sweet story! It's amazing when that happens, isn't it? Thank you for sharing! :)

Preppy Sue said...

Wow, what a great story. I love when things like that happen, it reminds us that there is a higher power at work!

Life is what you make it said...

Neat story! Great post!

Domestic Diva said...

Wow.. what a great story. I got chills up my arm.
They don't make them like that anymore.
Preppy 101 ..ditto. You are a Viking.
xxx me

Kristin said...

That's an amazing story! The women in my family have several times found old fashioned hair pins like the kind my Nana used to wear. They've always appeared at time when someone was going through a hard patch. Just Nana's way of letting us know she's looking out for us. : )

Eloise said...

What a cool story! Thanks for sharing.

The Shabby Princess said...

Aww, what a sweet story.

Tickled Pink And Green said...

Wow! I love stories like this. :)

News Readin' Wife said...

Great story. Gave me chills! Reminds me that there is something way bigger than us at work in the universe.

BTW - cannot even handle my excitement for SYTYCD. Ahh! So glad you are just as crazed.

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