|Grandma Margaret 14 yrs old.with siblings, baby Esther, Edythe (Pie) and Johnny.|
Many years ago, my oldest daughter came home from school and told me that her class was doing a family history project and she had to interview an older relative that had lived during the depression of the 1930's. She chose to interview her great-grandmother, my grandma Margaret. I was beyond excited! At the time she was 12 years old and was so excited. She is now 32 and has no interest what so ever in family history. Sad to say, neither do my other two children. I keep hoping that maybe it just hasn't manifested itself in them yet. Only time will tell.
When I told Grandma that her young great-granddaughter wanted to interview her, she was excited. She loved to talk, and talking about her history was even better. I started the kettle that day before she came in the door. My grandma was a die hard tea drinker. She loved a good cup of hot tea. When she came to visit, you would be wise to have the tea kettle on because that would be one of the first things she'd asked for. She would always ask. " Do you have any tea Honey? " Makes me chuckle just thinking about that.
My daughter began by asking her when and where she was born? What was it like when you were growing up and during the depression?
|Grandma's father, Peter Doyle, siblings, Johnny and Edythe. Mary Doyle (in Car)|
What did you do for fun?
"We didn't have Television back then. For fun we would have Taffy pulls, Pop popcorn, make fudge, We would play the piano and sing . In the summertime, we had picnics".
What was the cost of rent?
"Well, when I first got married and came to Minneapolis,MN we lived in what they called "Cold Water Flats" they called them that because there was no hot running water, only cold. You had to boil the water to take a bath. Rent was $10 a month. That was about 1936. Bread was .10 cents a loaf. A good dress was $3.00. I would put my dress on Lay-A-Way. Every week I would walk downtown to pay .50 cents on it until it was paid off". Life was very different back then. People don't realize how easy they have it now compared to the old days.
My daughter put her project together. It came out beautiful. She had to read it to her class. That day she brought home an A!
|Grandma and my daughter, Aiesha in 2006.|
© 2014 Denise Muhammad