Grand Baby Taylor, Chicago – minus “Teddy”
This is a true story written by my husband. The story is about my mother Alice (Great Grandma) and Taylor (Grand baby) when she young. Taylor had a stuffed animal that she carried with her all the time. It was actually a cow called “Mooey”. For simplicity purposes, we called it a teddy bear. Enjoy!
Great Grandma was taking her nearly two-year old great Grand Baby, our “Grand Baby”, to the Laundromat. Grand baby had her favorite teddy bear with her, THE teddy bear. No other teddy bear or toy, or form of comfort would do when Grand Baby was crying or sad, only this, exact, teddy. So this teddy went everywhere with Grand Baby: in the crib, out of the crib, in the high chair, out of the high chair. Teddy was Grand Baby’s nearly constant companion: inside and outside, dragged behind on floors, sidewalks, and parking lots, in cars and out of cars, on lawns, in shopping carts, everywhere. Teddy started out white and yellow and had developed a deep (and lovely to Grand Baby), gray patina, like that of a dust mop. Teddy was covered from the top of her frazzled head to the bottom of her frayed feet with nearly two years of love and grime. Grand Baby was not selfish about Teddy, she was generous. Grand Baby would offer her precious, precious Teddy to you: as a sign of trust, as a gesture of affection, or just to hold. It might be your honor to hold Teddy for Grand Baby at those times when Grand Baby’s own little arms were too tired to hold her dear Teddy, anymore… though… you might have to give Teddy back immediately if, filled with second thoughts, Grand Baby stretched a single arm back out at you..
- 1 dark moist chocolate fudge cake mix (Duncan Hines is good)
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup (soaked in whisky) raisins
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 3/4 cup water.
- 2 teaspoons cloves
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 cup dutch cocoa
- 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 cups flour
- Throw everything together except flour.
- Start with 2 1/2 cups flour and keep adding flour a little at a time until you can roll into balls without being sticky.
- Place on un-greased cookie sheets.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes do not leave in any longer as they continue to cook after removing from the oven.
- Frost with powdered sugar icing (add sprinkles if desired).
Directions for Powdered sugar Icing (makes a lot so you may want to cut in half):
- 1 box of powdered sugar
- A few tablespoons of milk
- 2 teaspoons lemon or anise flavoring
- Combine sugar, milk and flavoring in a medium bowl, stirring well until sugar is dissolved – (I use a whisk)
Between The Dashes focuses on the stories in my families’ lives from birth until death. This story is about the time I met Billy Dee Williams! If someone asked me prior to meeting Billy Dee, if this was even possible, I would have told you “know way!” But it did happen, and I am going to share proof of that moment.
Billy Dee Williams was one of my favorite African-American actors. He was handsome, …very handsome, and just down right awesome! He seemed to “glow” on camera, and he looked even better the larger the screen! He’s played in a lot of movies highlighted below:
- Lady Sings the Blues – played Louis McKay, the husband of Billie Holiday! (1973)
- Star Wars Series – played Lando Calrissian
- Batman – played district attorney Harvey Dent (1989)
- Brian’s Song – played Gale Sayers (running back for Chicago Bears football team) (2001)
- Mahogany – played Brian Walker who is the love interest of Diana Ross (Mahogany) (1975)
- Undercover Brother – played Gen. Warren Boutwell, a U.S. Army general based on Colin Powell
- The Jacksons: An American Dream – played Berry Gordy, founder of the Motown record label, movie in three parts on YouTube
I had a dream this morning about Ms. Rose, my grandmother on my father’s side of the family. She was really special to me. She was tall, resourceful, strikingly beautiful, and one of the best cooks I know. I learned so much from her! Following is a picture in her youth (I don’t know the age).
Ms. Rose (Davis) Kennedy
In my dream, I was trying to figure out how to fix the elastic waist on my pants. I was at a loss of what to do so I asked Ms. Rose. She told me to fold the waistline, stitch it, and feed the elastic through the opening with a safety pen on one end. Once she told me that, it was so clear. I was thinking, “That makes sense!”
It’s a pleasure to have my Mom living with us! I hear so many stories about our ancestors that really help to fill the gap that “Between The Dashes” addresses. If you are following my blog, you know my Mom celebrated her 80th birthday this year! My Mom and her sister are the oldest living relatives in our family. Today, let me share with you my 2nd great grandparents, Laura and Melzar Williams.
Laura Washington was born 17 May 1869 in Mobile, AL to Annie (age of 25) and George Washington (age 28 ). She was about 5’2″, light-skinned with long hair that she parted down the middle, braided in two braids, and pinned each braid in the back. She had three sisters (Etta, Mary, and Addie) and two brothers (Dave and Emanuel). Continue reading