Rats Beware!

Granny.
By Jabo
@jaboUK (55053)
United Kingdom
September 29, 2016 10:11am CST
My abiding memory of my maternal grandmother is of her sitting by a rathole in her cottage with a hammer in her hand, ready to wallop an unsuspecting rat. Apparently she caught a few this way, but I never saw her do it. Granny was a small dumpy woman who always wore her hair up in a bun, and I remember as a child being really shocked one day when I caught her with it down. We were both embarrassed, as it was somehow considered indecent, goodness knows why. She lived with my grandfather in a tiny cottage with a huge garden in a little village in the heart of England, very rarely venturing outside it. Life was quite hard as she had no labour-saving devices, and the cottage had neither electricity nor piped gas. Water was obtained from a well outside the back door, and personal needs were taken care of by trekking to the 'privy' at the end of the garden. This consisted of a small shed housing a wooden seat with a hole in it. Granny spoke in a strong rural dialect, and pronounced the 'i' sound as 'oy'. Thus 'my' became 'moy', and we children were always 'moy dears' to her. She was always pleased to see us and would clasp us to her ample bosom while showering us with endearments. I've previously written about my paternal grandmother, this one is my mother's mother. Do you have fond memories of any of your grandparents? Photo is the only one I have of Granny.
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@Drosophila (16699)
• Ireland
29 Sep 16
I like how she walloped rats
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@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
29 Sep 16
@Drosophila It's hard to imagine such a scene, isn't it? They didn't have any rat poison in those days.
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@Drosophila (16699)
• Ireland
29 Sep 16
@jaboUK well, I guess back in the days, it's just gotta be done :D
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@vandana7 (67647)
• India
10 Oct 16
Brave lady...she did not get scared of something that moved so fast..last night I had a lizard move over my left leg..oh boy something ominous is going to happen thought me...came running to check...the net said I will get monies...want to buy a lottery today just to give a chance to that predictor to prove that prediction right..lol
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@jstory07 (69882)
• Roseburg, Oregon
29 Sep 16
I did not even know my grandparents until I was 16 years old. They were nice when they met us and I love being on my one set farm.
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@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
29 Sep 16
@jstory07 I know you were in Europe until you were 16, but it's a shame that you missed all those years. I bet they were sad about it too.
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@jstory07 (69882)
• Roseburg, Oregon
29 Sep 16
@jaboUK They were sad and one set lived in Colorado so my first three children knew them and spend time with them.
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@Corbin5 (116016)
• United States
29 Sep 16
How fortunate for you to have such a wonderful grandmother; a feisty one too! Yes, when we visited our grandparents, my siblings and I were in heaven!
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@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
29 Sep 16
@Corbin5 Grandparents are special, aren't they? They often have more time for us than our parents.
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@Corbin5 (116016)
• United States
29 Sep 16
@jaboUK Oh yes. My siblings and I adored ours. Grandma read to us nonstop and Grandpa took us fishing, and my other grandmother taught me how to sew. How fortunate you and I had grandparents in our lives. I just keep picturing you Grandma with that hammer!!!
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@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
29 Sep 16
@Corbin5 It seems terrible that they had rats in the house, doesn't it? Yikes.
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@ridingbet (59427)
• Philippines
30 Sep 16
my late grandfather, mother's side, would prepare coffee at 4AM then talk aloud to us who were still asleep, "let's have coffee, let's have coffee".
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@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
30 Sep 16
@ridingbet Oh dear, that wasn't very considerate of him
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@ridingbet (59427)
• Philippines
1 Oct 16
@jaboUK no, actually, his calling was our alarm clock. it was time for us to get up and prepare breakfast. at 4AM, it was just right to be up because the transportation in our place was so scarce that time, we had to be out of the house to wait for tricycle to be on time at 6:30AM.
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@Juliaacv (33233)
• Canada
30 Sep 16
My Dad built a "retirement" house on the home farm beside our house for his parents. I was so lucky to have my grandparents just across the laneway. And I spent a lot of time over there, time spent with my Gramma were some of my favorite times, I went there literally each and every day, at least once while she was alive. She taught me so much about so many things, as did my Grandpa. My other grandparents lived a little ways away, and we didn't see a lot of them. My grandmother on that side had dementia and I don't ever remember her being "right" and as a result my grandfather was always on alert looking after her needs and protecting her from falling and never leaving her alone.
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@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
30 Sep 16
@Juliaacv That's great that you had such a close relationship with one set of grandparents. Pity about the other gramma having dementia - such a cruel disease.
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@acelawrites (12285)
• Philippines
29 Sep 16
Life in the past could be so simple, but quite hard too! Yes, I have beautiful memories of my grandmother who liked me very much. She gifted me my first jewelry; too bad I lost them all while playing.
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@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
29 Sep 16
@acelawrites You are right about life being simple but hard work, but my grandmother seemed content. Sorry you lost the jewellery.
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
29 Sep 16
I only knew my maternal grandmother and my paternal grandfather. We moved to another part of the country so didn't see much of them. They were always warm and welcoming when we did.
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@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
29 Sep 16
@Gillygirl At least you knew those two - some people never know any of their grandparents.
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@RubyHawk (29283)
• Atlanta, Georgia
29 Sep 16
Your grandmother lived as ours did back in the day. There were no conveniences and plenty of hard work. I remember my grandmother and step grandmother well. I spent a lot of time with both of them.
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@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
29 Sep 16
@RubyHawk Even though our grandmothers were on different continents, there are a lot of similarities. That's nice that you got to spend a lot of time with yours, as I did too.
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@RubyHawk (29283)
• Atlanta, Georgia
29 Sep 16
@jaboUK It is great that kids can spend time with grandparents. I feel sad for those who couldn't.
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• Greece
30 Sep 16
My grandmother could hardly walk, she shuffled about in her kitchen with a chair that worked as a primitive walking frame. My father had cut the legs short. She used the seat as a tray, moving both the dinner and herself from one place to another.
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@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
30 Sep 16
@41CombedaleRoad Your grandmother would have better equipment today, wouldn't she?
@vandana7 (67647)
• India
30 Sep 16
All the four were no more before I was born...what it is to have grandparents is something I envy...I did experience it briefly with dad's friend's parents...but kinda realized they were not mine.
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@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
30 Sep 16
@vandana7 Sorry that you never knew your grandparents, they add another dimension to our lives, especially when we are children.
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@zebra2222 (5170)
• United States
30 Sep 16
Those are very special memories.
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@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
30 Sep 16
@zebra2222 They are indeed
@bunnybon7 (37404)
• Holiday, Florida
29 Sep 16
oh how sweet. yes mainly my mothers mom. i remember particularly her fixing Thanksgiving dinner starting before daylight and hearing her "talk to the turkey"i guess because no one else was usually up till i came out of bed to watch. saying funny things like "now i am going to stuff you with this good cornbread stuffing!" and cook you up good"
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@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
29 Sep 16
@bunnybon7 Your grandmother sounds fun.
@JESSY3236 (7295)
• United States
29 Sep 16
My grandmother raised me so I have alot of great memories.
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@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
29 Sep 16
@JESSY3236 That's great that you have such good memories.
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@BelleStarr (39652)
• United States
30 Sep 16
I never knew any of my grandparents and I feel the loss mightily. It is why I was determined to be the best granny ever!! lol
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@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
1 Oct 16
@BelleStarr I'm sorry that you never knew your grandparents, and I'm sure you are well on the way to being the best one yourself
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@BelleStarr (39652)
• United States
1 Oct 16
@jaboUK lol I have it on good authority (Jack) that I am the best grandma!! Though in all honesty, I had just given him 10 new cars and chocolate milk!! I am not too proud to resort to bribery!! lol
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@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
1 Oct 16
@BelleStarr Thanks for giving me a laugh
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@5thHouse (1692)
• Sheffield, England
30 Sep 16
What great memories of your granny - especially of her walloping rats! I don't remember my grannies doing anything like that, but I do recall that my maternal grandmother, who was formerly a cook in service, would be forever serving up tripe and pig hock and other delights and she used to tell us kids we were 'big softies' for not wanting to try any of it.
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@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
30 Sep 16
@5thHouse Oh yuk - I don't remember either of my grannies serving up that sort of stuff, though they were both in service before they married.
@5thHouse (1692)
• Sheffield, England
30 Sep 16
@jaboUK I used to enjoy my gran's stories about being in service
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@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
30 Sep 16
@5thHouse Me too - I've written posts about it.
@Inlemay (16929)
• South Africa
30 Sep 16
I love that granny's were allowed to be round and bosomly - made them softer dont you think
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@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
30 Sep 16
@Inlemay That's true - grannies in those days didn't seem to know about diets and makeup etc, and their bosoms were for clasping children to!
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@Inlemay (16929)
• South Africa
1 Oct 16
@jaboUK I shall remind my children not to fuss over my large physique as I am a Granny Now.
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@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
1 Oct 16
@Inlemay You do that!
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• United States
30 Sep 16
folks don't realize how fortunate they're these days, do they? i love the pic 'f yer granny :) she kinda reminds me 'f my great-grand - my best friend when i 'twas wee, we spent lots 'f time talkin' 'f critters 'n her love 'f gardenin'. she'd a heavy appalachian accent, bein' mountain folk. my maternal mamaw (momma's ma) 'twas quite the 'xpert 't stompin' mice 's they'd run by, lol. always amazed me ('n scared the heck outta me, too) to see her do such. one rarely got past her, she 'twas purty danged quick!
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@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
30 Sep 16
@crazyhorseladycx Funny that your mamaw was so good at getting those mice, and mine did the same with the rats. You couldn't imagine anyone doing that sort of thing today.
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• United States
30 Sep 16
@jaboUK lol, no ma'am - i simply aint quick 'nough these days fer such...'r coordinated. no doubt i'd be'n my bum with the mouse runnin' right o'er the top 'f me
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@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
1 Oct 16
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@norcal (3213)
• Nevada City, California
2 Oct 16
I do have memories of both of my grandmothers from when I was very young. When I was ten years old my mom moved us 4000 miles away from them, and cut all ties with both sides of the family. They got in touch again many years later. After that I did communicate with them by letter, and the occasional phone call. They are both gone now, and I never saw either of them again.
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@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
2 Oct 16
That's really sad that you never saw them again, sad for your grandparents too I should imagine.
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@norcal (3213)
• Nevada City, California
3 Oct 16
@jaboUK It is kind of sad. I guess I always thought we would get together again someday, but I waited too long.
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@just4him (127165)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
1 Oct 16
I have very fond memories of my paternal grandparents. I loved them very much and knew love from them. I didn't spend as much time with my maternal grandparents, but I know they loved me as well.
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@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
1 Oct 16
@just4him I;m glad that you got some love from your grandparents, as from what you've written before, love seems to have been in short supply from the rest of your family when you were young.
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@just4him (127165)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
6 Oct 16
@jaboUK It was and my grandparents were the only real supply for it.
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• United States
30 Sep 16
I have lots of memories, none of which have rats in them LOL.
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@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
30 Sep 16
@AbbyGreenhill Wot - no rats?! You've really missed out there!
• United States
30 Sep 16
@jaboUK I had two hamsters that was close enough to a rodent
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