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What Not to Do After Dinner: Linda Tells a Story about Grandma Fern Recipe

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Grandma Fern, age 21
Wedding gown
Aunt Linda, age 3
Uncle Rick, seven months old

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In 1945 I was three and Rick was just a baby. One November evening (actually, Grandma and Grandpa’s fifth anniversary), after Grandma (23 years old) had cleaned up the kitchen she got a bright idea about how to surprise and delight her husband. Dad Elwood had gone out to the warehouse/mill to prepare things for the next day. She decided to put on her satin wedding dress and walk out to the warehouse wearing it. Unfortunately, after having had two babies, the upper part of her body was larger than it had been on her wedding day: she got the dress over her head, but it got stuck while she was trying to put her arms into the long, fitted sleeves. Her arms were stuck straight up in the air, and the long dress with its train covered her head and most of her body. She asked me to climb up on the bed to see if I could help her pull it off: I couldn’t budge it.

She had no option but to feel her way out to the warehouse in the dark, with the dress over her head and her arms straight up in the air. She made me stay in the house because Rick was asleep in his crib. All I remember is watching her proceed up the long driveway toward the warehouse like a tall shimmering ghost in the November night. I still wonder what Dad said when she stumbled up the steps into the warehouse.

 

 

 

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