The theme this week for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is: I’d Like to Meet
I’d like to meet Sallie Price, my great-grandmother.
I’ve thought about this prompt off and on all week because I’d like to meet many of my ancestors. But right now, I’d like to meet my great-grandmother, Sarah Rebecca “Sallie” PYLES PRICE (1862-1940) for two reasons.
Reason #1 – I’d like to thank Sallie for the hand she had in raising my dad to be the trustworthy, loving, hard-working, and fine man that he was.
Sallie and my great-grandfather, Montgomery “Gum” Price (1859-1947) raised my father, Charles Leroy “Charlie” HEISER (1913-2001).
My dad’s mother, Goldie Isabel PRICE HEISER (1893-1919) died when my dad was only five. Dad, and his father and sisters were separated. His father and sisters ended up in Pennsylvania with family there, and Dad stayed with his grandparents, Gum and Sallie, in Frederick, Maryland. I wrote about Goldie’s early death here.
I don’t know a lot about Sallie, but I know my dad loved her dearly by the look on his face when he talked about her. And I know she loved him dearly from a favorite photo I wrote about in a blog post a while back.
I’ve added that photo below. You can see her love for him all over her face. I do love that photo. You can read that blog post here.
I also wrote a blog post about Gum and how he got a second chance at parenting by raising my dad. I admire Gum for how he raised my dad. Read that blog post here.
Reason #2 – I’d like to make apple dumplings with Sallie
More than once, my dad said he wished he could have one of his grandmother’s apple dumplings again. Apparently, they were to die for.
My mom didn’t try to duplicate them, and I didn’t either. I offered a few times, but Dad declined the offer. Perhaps he didn’t want his memory of Sallie and her apple dumplings to be disturbed. Now that I’m older and have many cherished memories, I understand why he would feel that way.
If I could, though, I’d like to make apple dumplings with Sallie and then sit in her modest kitchen and enjoy eating them with her.
If you could meet any of your ancestors, who would you like to meet and why? Comment if you’d like to share.
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