Remembering Pa Palmer

Pa PalmerRemembering John Frank Palmer…..Pa was a classic nineteenth century Grandpa. He was born in the 1870’s ┬áin Kentucky and was a country farmer with a big heart and a wife named “Lizzie”, whom he loved for over sixty-nine years. His American roots included Cherokee Indian ancestors. As rural farmers they raised, tobacco, corn and livestock. As for material things they had few, but they were large in love and sharing. Never meeting a stranger and always had food to share for everyone, home made biscuits in his morning coffee, corn bread, fried chicken, red-eye gravy and even fried apple fritters. No modern conveniences, wood stoves, coal heat. out houses and cold water drawn from spring well by bucket. Sitting in the swing on the front porch of their cabin, Pa whittled, smoked his pipe and shared wonderful stories. He grew up in the days of horse and buggies, mules for plowing and then experienced the advent of the automobile. Pa loved cars, but never had a fancy one. If any grand child were to dream of an idyllic grandpa, he was the cookie cutter mold. It’s hard to imagine how difficult times were for people in those days, transitioning from the nineteenth century to the twentieth century. A few of us had a rare glimpse of those from that special time, they were our grand parents. Although he shared nine-eight years in this world, I only had a short time with a few visits to get to know this wonderful Grandpa, “Pa Palmer”, it was a blessing to have had that loving experience with him, myGrandpa

Remembering Pa Palmer

 

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