I could write a book about all the things my grandmother told me. Come to think of it, I did just that.
As a child growing up she was more than just a grandmother, she was my best friend. We talked a lot and when I got older and less interested in those conversations she would sit me down and make me talk.
Sometimes I felt smothered, needed my space, but now that I’m older I realize that those times with her were a treasure.
As I researched IN THE VALLEY OF HOPE so many of those conversations came to mind which led to important nuggets of information and inspiration for the book.
For example, she told me about her first experience with something called “ice cream on a stick.” She also shared her first experience in a movie theater when she saw a silent film. Even more important to the story was how she handled my grandfather’s marriage proposal. She made him wait for a sign from God. If it rained on the designated day then she was to decline his offer. But if there was sunshine then she was to say “yes.” Well, as she put it, “It rained cats and dogs.” She married him anyway and you can find out why, when you read IN THE VALLEY OF HOPE.
Just for fun, following is a video of that first movie she saw.
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