Photography Challenge Day 10

Today’s theme is Childhood Memories. This is my Great-grandmother’s rolling pin.  My great-grandfather made it for her. It’s around 70 years old.  It’s clunky and heavy and I’m sure it could mess someone up if used as a weapon.  But I love it and it’s the only one I’ve ever had.

I learned to cook by watching my grandma. She was a Depression-era, Southern lady from Dahlonega, Georgia with an Appalachian drawl and she was my mother figure when I was little. She would put me on the counter and I would watch her whip up the usual southern delicacies – fried chicken, fried okra and squash, cream corn, greens, and biscuits.  She’d roll them out with that big old rolling pin and sometimes use a canning jar lid as a biscuit cutter.  I’m forever grateful to have had her in my life. She was a major influence.  She taught me to read and to love learning (The World Book Encyclopedia was my favorite book series), to be resourceful (She would bring things home from the dump and repurpose them), and to care for animals (She was a cat lady that took in any kind of stray and she also raised an orphan pigeon). I take after her in so many ways and it’s something I’m proud of.

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