Cutting Down The Family Tree

Life has changed a lot for me this last two years.  When we sold the farm in TN and moved to Florida for good, my life took a big turn.  I was no longer as active out side as we moved into a condo style home where most of the yard work is done by the association and any changes you want to make in your home has to be approved by the HOA.  This is great for keeping the value of your home but leaves very little for us to do outside.  We got approval and updated the inside until now there is nothing more to do inside  What next?  Norman took over the cleaning inside and do the cooking—– I turned to knitting and crocheting and Norman does a lot of reading.  That leaves lots of time to think.  We don’t travel except for the two cruises we take each year so that means lots of TV time.  I got very interested in politics and how the Government  works.  It was an interesting time to do this but an awful time also.  I have always been a democrat but my husband and sister have always been a republican.  My mother and father were hard and fast republicans and my mother’s father was a republican and active in State politics.  My brother was the only democrat on my side and he died 7 years ago so when this last election came I got too involved.  My husband felt the same as I did about Trump.  How could he not?  I made him listen to all the news stories and everything Trump was saying so come election time he voted with me for only the second time in his life but my sister stayed with the republican ticket.  I had to do a lot of thinking then and I remembered what my father taught me.  He said for the season before the election you could be a republican or a democrat.  You should learn all you can and decide for yourself what you believe and want in a president, but after the election there should be no republican or democrat— only Americans.  Thinking about that I realized he was not a hard republican as my mother and her father had been but a free thinker liked Uncle Web had been and just a great American.  I thought  Trump is taking away too much from me already and no way would I let him take my sister away from me also — so I am now an American and I never talk or think about politics when I visit with my sister and am very happy again.

This week I started organizing some of my family pictures and memorabilia, among them were the poems from my mother.  My mother wrote poems about every thing in her life.  She also saved some original poems written my her father and others in the family.  One poem I found gave me insight into how my Grandfather thought. Here it is


Four score & more years I”ve  spent here       Serving my country & man,

Now I may sit down & ponder     And do the few jobs that I can.  (This is when I knew him)

I’ve been blessed with two good women   Four daughters have I sired

Many & good are my grandchildren      All that I ever desired.

My oldest grandson I taught at my knee    And he even carries my name   (my brother)

I’ve showed him a list of his forebears  Who’ve carried their banners with fame.

He’d lean on my knee & say “Grandpa   Let’s talk—–you and me.”

I’d tell him of Hoover and Coolidge      And that glorious G. O. P.

Where I failed, I can not imagine    For he fought for his country and well,

But a part of his training was lacking     And that is what I must tell.

He said that he was for Roosevelt   And that much I could accept,

But when he followed   Truman    I could have sat down and wept.

Now he is the same little  grandson,       The one I held on my knee,

But somewhere his eyes were blinded      Certainly, he could not see.

I sit and wait for his coming,       I know he’ll turn back to me.

And say:  “Oh, Grandpa, let’s talk again

I’ve good news for you, you see.

My eyes have been opened      And I can see

The truth of the lessons      You taught to me.

With Nixon as President        And Lodge as his aide,

Our country will prosper      Our fortunes be made.

No more you need worry     But happy you”ll be,

For I have returned           To the G.O.P”            written by Warren C Brown

Warren C Brown was my grandfather.  He collected stamps for 83 for his 91 years of life and he swore he would not put Roosevelt stamps in his collection but when Roosevelt died and we had all of those beautiful stamps with Roosevelt on them he had to decide to either give in and include them in his collection or give up stamp  collecting.  The stamps won out but he swore he would give up stamp collecting before he put a Truman stamp in his books.    He never had to, he died in the early 60’s.   I still could not understand how he could reconcile the G.O.P. ideas with right and wrong.  He had accepted Roosevelt but I didn’t realize he did not accept Roosevelt’s ideas until I found another poem in his collection.

Right now I must run and cook so will tell you this poem tomorrow.  Have a great day!!







About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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5 Responses to Cutting Down The Family Tree

  1. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    I was beginning to think you or Norman had to be sick to not see any new messages. One of our daughters said you were too busy creating all those marvellous Christmas presents. There is another hurricane heading for parts of Florida; I hope it misses you. We are to have some rain tomorrow and I will look forward to the next poem. Glad you are back!

    • Hi Rosemary, Your daughter was right in part. I do spend about 12 hours each day knitting and crocheting. There will be 7 females at our Christmas Eve party and each will get a granny square afghan, hat, leg warmers, three dish clothes, and a star wars doll plus all of Joe’s family will have a set sent to them. The males will get everything except the leg warmers but the only reason I spend so much time doing that instead of blogging is I am ashamed of our president and had trouble coming to terms with him. These poems I found have put him into prospectus and I now realize he can not destroy the world no matter how stupid he is. I now know there are lots of people out there that thinks Trump is sane and doing alright and they aren’t stupid only different. I do hope Trump is impeached soon but we will survive if he isn’t. Talk to you tomorrow.

  2. Nancy O'Grady says:

    I am happy to see you back Carol as well. Just loved reading Grandpa’s poem. I know how Warren and Grandpa disagreed……seems humerus now. My mother always asked Grandpa how she should vote. Of course, I never could stand that! Like you , I have always been a Democrat. I have been fanatical about politics since being at Keene State. Think I am even worse now and keep on top of all of the nonsense. Trump is SICK and no way will I excuse his behavior. I fear knowing he has control of the button that could blow up our world as we know it. Thank goodness that a couple of Republicans have finally spoken out the truth about Trump. Shame on those that have no back bone!!!!!!
    Tim just spent 4 days up here with me. Wonderful visit!!!!!
    Family is all well and hope all of yours are too!
    Love always, Nancy

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