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Monday, 15 March 2010

Maudie May

By Dani Ferguson of The Musings of a Middle Aged Woman

Maude May Perdue was her name, Maudie May to those who knew her. She was always waiting on the front porch of her white house for our arrival. When the last person was out of the car, she would lead us into the warm kitchen, and there she would sit in a child-size chair by the fire. This was her place, and from here she would proceed to captivate her audience.

Maudie May’s hair was snowy white and held in place by a thin spider web net matching the color of her hair. She wore rimless glasses from which she could periodically peak over the top to check the attentiveness of her audience. Her skin was fair, and her blues eyes sparkled with life’s forgotten youth.

The plain, simple house dress she wore reflected the casualness of her manner, her bosom drooping slightly, resting on the band of her apron. She had a deformed fingernail on her right hand, the result of some childhood mishap. She often used this deformity to illustrate a moral lesson to a misbehaving child. As a result, no one knew how this injury had actually occurred for the details were altered to fit the moral lesson needed at the time. There was always a bruise or two on her thin legs from some encounter with an inanimate object, and her shoes were molded to the bunions on her feet.

As we gathered around the table In her kitchen, we would stuff ourselves with the cream pies, fruit cobblers and other culinary favorites made exclusively for each visitor while Maudie entertained us with stories of her girlhood days.

As she talked she would become so enthralled with her story that she would rock her little chair back and forth until each of us held our breath for fear she would topple backward to the wooden floor below. Her enthusiasm for storytelling never wavered and she enjoyed nothing more than to see the gaping jaws of her audience as they gasped in reaction to her tales. None of us ever knowing for certain what was fiction or what was fact.

Soon the warm sun would settle beneath the kitchen window indicating it was time to depart. Maudie would instinctively rise from her little chair to walk us to the porch; and it was there, I would kiss Maudie May, my grandmother, good-bye.

[INVITATION: All elders, 50 and older, are welcome to submit stories for this blog. They can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoir, etc. Instructions for submitting are here.]

Posted by Ronni Bennett at 02:30 AM | Permalink | Email this post


What a sweet memory of a dear grandmother. Her imagination is to be admired if she could hold the attention of children for long periods with her stories.

I'm sure the home baked treats helped make the visits even more enjoyable. I can almost taste a peach cobbler as I read your story.

What a gorgeous remembrance!

A lovely story about a very special time. Your grandmother sounds like a very engaging lady.

Great memories! Uh oh. My guess is that Maudie May was about my current age. How come she sounds "elderly" and I'm still a "sweet young thing?"

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