dear gramma zelma,

i kept getting the sense that you were standing right there behind me while i scrubbed those dinner dishes tonight…

but it was only an occasional breeze carrying a here and there whiff of those little pungent pink roses perched on the sill…

your scent

kinda ironic…since your advice to me when i married that “tall drink of water” was to “never leave dishes in the sink overnight…they’ll always be right there waiting for you in the morning!”

just between you and me

i haven’t exactly been all that faithful in following your advice…exactly

but i got those dishes done tonight!

and i loved having the scents of you all the while

very sincerely,


my favorite “just married” picture…of you and the man you’ve faithfully washed dishes for…for 73 years!


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