Sunday, December 7, 2008

Buried Memories

Hey, Y'all,
Have you seen the Hallmark commercial where the mother is teaching the toddler to say "Merry Christmas" and then has the toddler to say Merry Christmas and records it on the Christmas card, which then is mailed to the grandparents? When grandma opens the card, she hears the grandchild give the Merry Christmas greeting.

It sparked a memory that had lain long forgotten in my personal computer (my memory banks). I remembered that a long time ago, when I was in Indiana (I think), I went into a little booth, somewhere, and made a recording. It was a greeting to my family back here in Tennessee. The memory is still faint, because I can't remember exactly when it was, or where it was, but I know it happened.

It must have happened in the 1950's, and there is no one who can supply me with the answers I am looking for. The idea for making the recording was one of those spur of the moment things. The recording was only about 3 minutes in length, and was made apparently on a wax or vinyl disc to be played on a record player. It was placed into a cardboard mailer that had the button on the edge around which thread was wound to keep the mailer closed.

Years later, when I saw it again, it was still in the mailer, and unplayed. You see, my family here had nothing on which to play the recording. The recording was eventually discarded, unplayed. When I made the recording, I didn't even consider the fact that it would be unplayable. What was I thinking? Hmmmmm.

Well, I got to go to church this morning for the first time in several months. It was wonderful! Gramps did not go, because he preferred to stay at home. It was in the very low digits in outside temperature. Mark came over and stayed with Gramps, and Allie picked me up when she dropped Mark off. We rode to church together. I didn't get to hear our pastor preach because he is home sick with a virus. The new music minister (who is also a minister of the Word) preached this morning.

I am hoping to take Mae and Imazo shopping tomorrow. I have yet to call them and see if it is their desire to do so. I am planning on going first to see the eye doctor in Morristown, then stopping back by here to pick up Gramps and head for Knoxville.
I hope they will want to do it. The weather is supposed to be fairly good tomorrow.

Probably after while I will do some more work on the quilt for Matthew, my grandson. My eyes may close before I get to it though. Who knows?

I did get my mantel decorated this morning. I put some artificial holly on it and then piled the string of outdoor lights on it so that it looks very Christmassy. I will take a picture of it one of these days and post it (if I can download it after I take the picture, ha)
Well, I guess that is it for today. More tomorrow. This is Blabbin' Grammy, signing off for today. Love to all of you who read my meanderings. Bye for now!

2 comments:

WELCOME TO MY WORLD OF POETRY: said...

Hi Ruby enjoyed the blog as usual, I too have hidden memories of Christmas, I remember when my children were small also as adults they would come and have the traditional Christmas lunch with us, alas my husband is no longer with us, the children all married and have lives of their own,(One in Spain) no longer do I cook the Chtistmas lunch, but am going to my daughters, My one wish and dream one year we could all be together , but I suppose that would be living in the past, it's the present and future that is important. Have a nice day.

Yvonne.

Grammy said...

Dear Yvonne,
Thanks for your comments, and reading my blog. Glad you enjoyed it. I really love writing it, too.
The last time that all of my family was together was seven years ago at mine and gramps 25th anniversary. I don't know if it will ever happen again or not. I am thinking not.
Regards to you, always, Ruby (aka Grammy)