Papa’s World – My grandma – tea – crackers and “COFFEE SOUP”!

My grandma and grandpa

Good day everyone – do you have secret memories of your grandma?

Her name was Nora and by the time I came along – she was a widow –

Grandpa David Aiken was a big man – I am told 6′ 3″ and a farmer through and through.

That is where I get my middle name and grandma was living with us at the time I was born.

She is what I remember the most from my early childhood and she was a dedicated, TEA DRINKER!

My grandma and my mother taught me this.

But she had “SECRET TREATS” for me – depression-era treats!

The first was a bowl of broken up saltine crackers –

and straight from the farm MILK,

sprinkle on a little sugar
and you had “CRACKERS AND MILK”!

I thought that was the best thing!

Grandma and my mother were the reason I was raised Catholic.

The second “LITTLE SECRET” was what she called “COFFEE SOUP”!

Now keep in mind – these were family meals during the Great Depression

when she raised ELEVEN kids on the farm.

She would take a think slice of homemade white bread – warm!

Put it on a plate and poured black coffee over it

add a little farm milk and some sugar and a side of thick bacon or ham!

Today – every time I have my morning coffee I think back to those times of growing up and I see in my mind the picture and the smells of COFFEE SOUP! One of my favorite “SECRET MEMORIES”!

I have not ever had either one of these since childhood again.

But the memory remains with me to this day – it was a “SPECIAL TREAT”

from my grandma “NORA” a kind and gentle lady – who for the first four years of my life raised me.

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GRANDMA gave me the “LITTLE SECRET MEMORIES” OF GROWING UP WITH HER!

Papa’s World – get me going in the morning – flavored !

A little wine does this

Sometimes you drink a little wine – you do silly things – but you always smile – but – to start my day before some wine is ” COFFEE ” !

My favorite time of the morning

For those of you who do not know me – I have always gotten up EARLY !

Like I am up by 5:00 AM. every morning – I only need 6 to 7 hours of sleep and then I am wide awake.

Have been this way since my youth ! I would wake up – my bedroom was the front upstairs bedroom – and right outside the two windows – was a huge Maple tree.

It would be full of birds chirping in the morning -and that bedroom faced East.

So – the combination of Sun light coming in and the birds singing – well -that was my favorite before I was old enough to drink coffee !

My grand father David & my grand mother Nora

I was raised in my early years by my grand ma – she was a widow and had moved in with us.

My very first time I can remember having coffee – was when she made me ” COFFEE SOUP ” for breakfast – as she called it !

During the depression when she had her farm and family -11 kids – they had to improvise to feed everyone.

And one of the staples living on a large farm was -they had milk from the cows –

they bought barrels of flour ( homemade bread ) – big bags of sugar – and raised pigs for side pork !

So – ” COFFEE SOUP ” became a norm for them – coffee being a treat for the whole house – and she would make bread and rolls – pies and cakes all day long.

She would slice me a big thick piece of home made bread – put it on a plate – a piece of side pork that she fried –

then pour coffee on top of the bread – a little milk and sprinkle sugar on it !

BEEN THERE DONE THAT

To this day I remember that and how good it tasted with that side pork !

That was my introduction to COFFEE all those years ago.

And – another lunch time feature from the depression years – was Milk off the farm and white crackers and sugar mixed together !

Although I have never had either since – I was raised that way !

Today – first thing is fix my coffee – a little flavored cream –

and I try to have flavored coffee – not strong – I tend not to like strong flavors – beer included –

and I do not really like wine unless it is a little sweet !

Nothing better than to sip coffee in public and people watch

Sipping my coffee while blogging –

sitting in public with a coffee and people watch –

between church services – getting a cup of java and talking.

Those are the little things in life that as you get older – you cherish.

Much like I do in my memory of my grandma.

COFFEE became a staple in my life along time ago – and since I am up before dawn –

it is all the more tasteful in the quiet space of peaceful thought !

Sherry does not like COFFEE – she is a TEA drinker

My wife – Sherry – does not drink COFFEE –

she is a TEA drinker – I think that is the SWEDE coming out in her !

Hope you like the blog today –

a little bit of nothing on nothing !

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