Memories and Remedies

I had a spare grandma. She was a friend of my maternal grandmother because their families crisscrossed somehow. (I once knew the specifics but I forgot long ago). It so happened that Lola Gaines and her husband Henry lived in Liberty, MO the same time I attended college at William Jewell there. They were the best homesick remedy around. Sometimes they picked me up before church, sometimes after. Either way the visit didn’t end until I enjoyed a homecooked meal and a little bit of time at their mysterious, ornate antique pump organ tucked into a guest bedroom.

That spare bedroom became my personal infirmary. Mrs. Gaines and my Grandma Tom both had similar not-so-tasty treatments for all sorts of ailments. Taste is no matter when the remedies work. During a particularly lengthy battle with a head cold, I was whisked away midweek, covered with Vicks, persuaded to down some yucky concoctions and tucked tightly under warm quilts. In a couple of days I was good as new, anxious to play a few old hymns on the organ before heading back to the dorm. Sometimes Lola would sing along. What a gift!

Henry and Lola moved to Doniphan upon Henry’s retirement from trucking. Lola spent most of the years afterward as a widow. She became a special friend sharing remedies for the soul via Bible verses and songs when I no longer needed her healing hand. She came to mind in the middle of last night when I was downing some of my own medicinal potions almost as untasty as hers. Thank goodness they worked. I was about to dig out the Vicks.

About Teresa Pearson Lee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. You might still find me at the reservation desk when spring rolls around. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO near The Hill. Though a transplant to Southeast Missouri, still a city gal at the core with a deep love of the natural resources in these Ozark foothills. Currently I am a content coordinator for Poplar Bluff Living Magazine and a columnist/stringer for the local weekly The Prospect News. My rescue Siamese helps with most of the proofreading; he has a great ear. I relish the solitude easily had in the Mark Twain Forest but thoroughly enjoy lively outings for music, wine, conversation close to home or in my beloved hometown. Technology is my greatest challenge but so worth the shared connections. There may be a need for solitude but there is little loneliness. The material in this blog written by Teresa Lee is her property and cannot be used without express written consent to do so.
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