"Roots. That's a good word for it. Everybody's got a family tree and just to know how the roots grew, well that gives you a sense of who you are." spoken by Martha Corinne Walton, The Waltons, Episode 10, 1976
David's Reformed Church Congregation
Congregation of David's Reformed Church, Montgomery Co, Ohio, Circa, 1900
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Sentimental Sunday - Grandma at the Grocery Store
Today I was searching through my family history folders when I spied this photograph of my grandmother, Imogene Huffman Shoemaker. She is pictured standing in the produce department of the little grocery store in Sabina, Ohio where she worked. She was only 43 years old when my grandfather passed away suddenly of a heart attack and was overnight a single mother without an income. I remember being told that her parents wanted her to move in with them so they could take care of her and my aunt, who at that time was just a little girl. My father was just out of high school and soon would be married and entering the service. My grandma was determined that she would take care of herself so she declined my great grandparents offer of a home and she got herself a job working in the grocery store. By the time I was born, she had been employed there for many years and I can well remember driving to Sabina on a couple of occasions when she would still be at work and we would stop in and surprise her. At Easter, she would sometimes bring me decorations that had been hanging up in the store and she never failed to bring my brothers and me a chocolate bunny or fruit cream eggs as a special surprise. So, today, I am feeling a little sentimental about this photograph and the memory makes me so proud of all my grandparents and very grateful for the legacy of integrity and determination they gave me.