Title: My Wonderful Grandparents
Author: Keri Ann Gregis Hurst
After receiving Aunt Melanie’s letter about
the Spiker family writing down personal memories to share with future
generations, I was stumped. I thought about it for a few days and then
started questioning myself on what I should write. Then it occurred to
me, I could write about my wonderful grandparents, Mr. Robert “Bob” Spiker
and Mrs. Willa “Dean’ Spiker.
My grandfather Bob was truly one of a kind.
He was a man that I always looked up to, kind, gentle, and wise. I can
remember thinking he was the one with the “magic hands”, because whenever
us grandkids had a loose tooth or a nasty splinter that hurt way too much
for mom or dad to get it out, grandpa could get it without ever making us
flinch. I remember thinking that grandpa knew everything. He would take
us outside and tell us what each animal and plant was. We could pick up
seeds from the ground and grandpa Bob would tell us what that seed would
blossom into. I can even remember grandfather helping my sister Shelly
with her Science Fair project on nature. He helped her identify animals
in the forest, while she drew them on her poster board. Grandad Bob
always made us grandkids feel so special. I can remember him giving us a
dollar each for helping him outside. We would pick up the sticks in his
yard and throw them in the cart that he pulled with his tractor. Then we
would follow him to put the sticks in the burn pile on the hill. As a
special treat we were allowed to ride back in the cart. We thought that
this was so much fun!
Grandma Dean is the greatest grandma in the
world. She is loving and kind and would do anything for her family. I
can remember how she would invite me to come and spend time with her and
grandpa in the summer months. During this time she would teach me how to
quilt among many other things. My favorite memory was when she let me
design my own quilt and pick my own colors of fabric with it. I still
treasure that quilt because it is the only in the world like it. Grandma
Dean is the world’s best cook. Everyone who has tried her cooking has
become an instant fan. The best part of her cooking is the fact that she
takes the time to make everything from scratch. From her famous homemade
noodles and brown bread to cheesecakes and pies, no one can cook like
grandma. Another thing about my grandma Spiker that I will never forget
is her singing voice. I can remember going to church and sitting beside
grandpa in the pews as we watched the choir. I could detect my grandma
Dean’s voice above all others. It was so beautiful that I would smile in
awe as she sung to the Lord.
Thanks to my grandparents’ devotion, I was
able to attend church, Vacation Bible School, and church camp. They would
come out of their way to come get me to attend, since my parents usually
had to work during these times.
I thank God for
bringing me such wonderful grandparents.