Stories From My Grandma (Part One)

Banks, Oregon
May 3, 2017 10:33pm CST
My Grandma has often talked about what it was like growing up as a kid in Bay, Arkansas, she has probably shared a few dozen stories with me through the years, here is one of my favorites. My Grandma is a twin so there mother often came up with creative ways to keep track of them, what one twin couldn't think of to do the other one would. She would tell the story of what she was to do with the twins so she could get work done. What my great grandma would do was she would take the two twins into her bedroom and she would put the dress tails underneath the bed posts of a bed. The only problem is the twins would fight so hard to get to one another they would tear their dresses off. I can just imagine my Great Grandma as a hard working woman in the early 40's trying to get the farm work done while her husband was away at the war while keeping track of twins. Photo is of my Great Grandparents Leo and Retha Smith, and there twins Ellen (My Grandma) and Helen, and there daughter Glenda whom would come a few years after the twins.
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@Courtlynn (42168)
• United States
4 May
Two Ellen's?
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• Banks, Oregon
4 May
Oops i fixed that, meant Ellen and Helen lol
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@Courtlynn (42168)
• United States
4 May
@chrissbergstrom i figured it was a mistake but had to ask lol. wouldve been even harder to not only have twins but name them the same. Lol. I dont think id want twins. Lol
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• Banks, Oregon
4 May
@Courtlynn it would be alot of work taking care of two babies but i think it would be great as they got older getting to go to school together and be close.
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@SAM774 (1991)
4 May
Your grandma looks really beautiful .....though i can't identify which one is your grandma...... but the three kids in the picture are beautiful
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• Banks, Oregon
4 May
My Grandma is the girl on the bottom left
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@SAM774 (1991)
4 May
@chrissbergstrom she is beautiful indeed :)
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@just4him (85184)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
4 May
I see they are identical twins. Your great grandmother knew what would work.
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• Banks, Oregon
4 May
They are actually fraternal twins, so not identical here is a photo of my Grandma Ellen and her sister Helen on there 76th birthday.
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@just4him (85184)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
4 May
@chrissbergstrom I see they don't look at all alike.
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• Banks, Oregon
4 May
@just4him Not much anyway
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@celticeagle (112984)
• Boise, Idaho
4 May
I come from a family that has no twins. I don't how I'd fare taking care of two that looked a like and were awnry. I think I caused my grandmother enough worry just being a single birth. LOL
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• Banks, Oregon
4 May
Well my Grandma and her twin sister are not identical and never really looked alike even as kids, but they did always dress them alike. There are alot of twins in my family.
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@celticeagle (112984)
• Boise, Idaho
5 May
@chrissbergstrom .....None I know of at all in mine.
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@teamfreak16 (33429)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
7 May
A pretty creative solution.
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• Banks, Oregon
7 May
Yes it was
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@DianneN (54600)
• United States
4 May
What a precious photo. I'm sure that in those days, it would have been awfully difficult to manage chores alone and having to deal with little twin daughters.
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• Banks, Oregon
4 May
Yes, there are so many stories like this i am witing another one now.
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@HazySue (15882)
• United States
4 May
What a great picture. You can see the family resemblance between all three girls.
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• Banks, Oregon
4 May
Yes they all did favor each other a little.
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@Fishmomma (11507)
• United States
4 May
Laughing out loud that would be hard to get any farm work done. I learned just how hard when I did the barter I mentioned, as farm chores had to be done while watching all 4 children. My Mother said after that there is no way she will have 4 children and it certainly didn't happen. I had two spaced many years apart.
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• Banks, Oregon
4 May
Yeah my Great Grandma was a creative woman coming up with ways to keep the kids busy,
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@responsiveme (13165)
• India
4 May
lovely photo and I love the identical dresses too. Your great grandma had to be on her toes.
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• Banks, Oregon
4 May
Yes I think she kept very busy keeping up with them.
@JudyEv (91810)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 May
It would be very hard to get much work done with twins running around.
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• Banks, Oregon
4 May
Yes my Great Grandma was very creative at finding ways to keep her twins busy while she worked on the farm
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@noni1959 (2509)
• United States
4 May
Thank you for sharing. It's nice hearing stories from others.
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• Banks, Oregon
4 May
I enjoy sharing her stories with others
@TRBRocks420 (58791)
• Banks, Oregon
4 May
Pretty funny story there lol look forward to hearing more.
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• Banks, Oregon
4 May
Lots of good ones
@slayer08 (2382)
• Philippines
4 May
Nice story. I remember listening to mu grandma talk about her childhood as well.
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• Banks, Oregon
4 May
Lots of fun stories
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@jstory07 (55988)
• Roseburg, Oregon
4 May
Raising twins must have been a lot of fun for the parents.
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• Banks, Oregon
4 May
I can imagine so there is so many great stories i will be sharing alot about them