Mammaw and Pappaw are my grandparents on my dad’s side. They live in a small country town that consists of dirt roads, horses, and beautiful expanses of undeveloped land. Their property houses a fishing lake, flower garden and produce garden, which growing up going to their house on holidays and special occasions, I always took for granted how much work was involved to keep it up. Their garden is like stepping into the produce aisle at the grocery store. They have every kind of pepper, lettuce, green, and bean you can imagine, as well as tomatoes, carrots, and corn just to name a few. Mammaw also makes her own jellies from the blackberries, muscadines, and plums they grow. I remember being very young and catching fish with my cousins that would later be fried for dinner along side vegetables from their garden, including her infamous creamed corn that we had to keep my dad away from or he would eat it all!
In the last several years I have come to appreciate my grandparents and the way they have chosen to live. It is a full time job to live as simply as they do and be practically self sustaining. They are amazing people who have been married for over 62 years and I admire them so much for their commitment to each other, their way of living, and their faith.
Mammaw and Pappaw, you have taught me many practical and valuable lessons throughout my 25 years and continue to be a source of inspiration for me. I can’t wait to have my own garden up and running! I love you very much.
Note :: In his hand is a pod of around 20 mustard seeds. Just one of these tiny miracle seeds produces the massive mustard green plant!