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Grace was my grandmother’s name

Grace is my Grandmother's name

Grace was my grandmother’s name. She died when my mother was three. I have a photograph  taken on the day she married Neal Oliver, my grandfather. He has hair in this photograph. When I met him, he was bald.

Standing in a field of wheat on the  prairie in Beechy, Saskatchewan,  I shut my eyes and pick up a handful of dirt, wishing. I went back in time, to 1936. I am standing in front of the home Grace lived in with Neal, Leroy, Charlie and Berdeane, my mother.

Grace was standing outside her home shielding her eyes from the sun with her hand, looking for someone. She wiped her hands on a towel and went back inside the house.

I wish she hadn’t died. I wish I could have met her.

The photograph is black and white. Grace’s hair is red.

I have red highlights in my hair.

Grace, my grandmother.

Grace and Neal Oliver

Have you ever dreamed you could time travel and meet a relative who died before you were born?

Please tell me in the comments.


Writing for 5 minute Friday with Lisa-Jo Baker.  Unedited, writing for 5 minutes. You can read other 5 Minute Friday stories here. 

About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • Lani – the flowerlady

    Hi, I am the Lani that Debi mentioned! My husband grew up here in Beechy and we have recently moved back. I will have to ask his parents if they knew of your grandmother.

  • La McCoy

    Love this!

  • Iya Hannum

    This made me smile. Yes, in fact, I have, my great great grandfather, whose name was Floyd, was a Grand Marshal of the Mardi Gras parade at the turn of the century. I have a picture of him hanging in my living room. I am certain he must have been a character 🙂

    • Hello Iya,
      Your great great grandfather does sound like a character. I think he would have loved to meet you.

  • I would have loved to meet my great grandfather, Daddy Bob. He was the sheriff of Oklahoma territory and was in on the capture of Bonnie and Clyde, true story.

    • Wow, lets go back together, please. I wonder what he would say if you told him you were from the future?
      What an exciting story.

  • raayres

    Although you never met her, clearly her legacy lives on through you. I’m glad you wrote today. Ruth

    • Thank you Ruth. Thank you for commenting today. My words have been getting stuck in my brain lately.

  • My great grandmother’s name was Grace. And yes, I often wish I could travel back in time and talk to those ancestors.

    • Lets go back together Joan. I wonder if Grace was a popular name back then?

  • This is cool. I love the photo and the way Grace carries herself. She looks like she was a force to be reckoned with. Thanks for sharing her with us. If you live in Beechy do you know Lani?

    • Hello Debi,
      I don’t live in Beechy and haven’t visited since my Aunt died and we went to pick up something she had stored for me in her barn. Now I live in Pennsylvania. But, I miss the prairies.