Dobbie is my 86 (so she tells me) year old grandmother. She is delightfully unique and yesterday, my kiddos and I had the privilege of spending a few short hours with her chit chatting over lunch. 2016 taught my family to NOT take time for granted, so our hours were filled with laughter, story telling, and all things delightfully quirky.
Before I share, let me preface all this with saying Hattie Eula Bradford (such a great story behind that name) aka Dobbie, is a very strong woman. A Christian woman who has endured the loss of a child, a husband, both parents and all of her siblings. At times, I've looked at her sideways, not understanding, or wanting to understand her logic. However, the older I get and the more loss I experience, my respect level just keeps rising. She's a warrior, plain and simple, but one with colorful armor, a pocketful of cards and dice, and a voice ready to holler, "Bingo!"
She grew up on the shores in Mayport and if I had a time machine, I would love to rewind and observe a bit of her story.
Here's a summary of our discussion points:
1) I'm an ostrich. Stick your head in the sand it will go away. (She says she does this, but what she really does is stick her head in her Bible and pray.)
2) Fish fall from the sky during rainstorms. (She swears by this phenomenon.)
3) A cat can take down a bridge, depending on the way it walks across it. (Claims to be a witness.)
4) A black snake can kill a rattlesnake because it's so fast the rattlesnake gets confused and strikes itself. (No. idea.)
5) Rain barrels are the best time out spots. (She knows this because she ran away from school when she was in first grade. She was the child in the rain barrel.)
6) Our daughter constantly debates with her Uncle about new earth versus old earth. When asked how old the earth is, she replies, "My earth is 86 years old."
7) Blinking Christmas lights remind me of a bar. Not my favorite. (OK)
8) A butterfly only lives one day, but yet I see the same butterfly every day. So, what does that mean? (Your guess is as good as mine, Dobbie.)
9) What has been your one goal in life, Dobbie? "To love my children more than anything in this world."
As the oldest of 7 grandchildren, we were coached, persuaded, taught to respond to, "Who do you love best of all?" with, "Dobbie!" I'm not sure this endeared her to our parents all of the time, but we all learned the proper response before we could walk. And although we loved our parents and grandfather, I think I speak for the tribe of Hunter/Bradford grands when I say, we realized from the time we could make eye contact we were blessed with a Dobbie that loved us best of all.
Thanks for yesterday, Dob.
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Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.