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October 19, 2020  




You could become your grandparent.


Grandmother Helveston with our family in 1949.

Growing up I spent lots of time in a multi-generational household. Both of my grandmothers were widowed, one in her late thirties and the other near 50. My paternal grandfather died in 1909 when my dad was nine and my maternal grandfather died in 1934, the year I was born. Neither grandmother remarried. Each had a long widowhood and eventually both spent their 70s and beyond living with children. My mother had five siblings, one a girl. Dad had four with one sister. Both of my parents were the youngest in their family. In earlier times, children were relied on for support by aging parents who considered their children as old age insurance. With eleven children between them this seemed to have worked for my grandmothers.

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