Mrs Yvonne J Alexander (Jardneaux)
The things I remember most about mawmaw is that she would cook my favorite meal for every birthday as a kid and then everytime I would come to visit after I was older, yes you guessed it, pork roast and rice and gravy! Their was no one who could cook it like she did! I also remember her as the fisherman she was, she would catch more fish than all of us put together with nothin but a bucket of crickets and a cane pole. I also remember having to drink milk for every supper. At first I hated milk, but it didn't take long and I was begging her to bring me some of that Louisiana milk to Oklahoma because it tasted so much better than ours. She always made the best orange kool aide that tasted awesome after jumping on the trampoline in the Louisiana summer heat. She was always their looking after us grandkids no matter what we were doing, she would get on to us for getting too close to the edge of the spillway while fishing, and always made sure we were safe on the trampoline and kept a close eye to make sure we never had too many on the trampoline at one time. When I remember mawmaw, these are the things I remember most.
Memories of Maw Maw
Clayton and I spent every summer with Maw Maw and Paw Paw from age 3 to age 16! When remembering back to all those summers there are numerous amounts of memories that come to mind. Maw Maw was the best cook I've ever met so our average weight gain per summer was at least 10-20 pounds!! My favorite meals that come to mind are all of her Rice and Gravy's, Baked Beans and Spaghetti!! We always had to have milk with supper, which we didn't drink milk in Oklahoma so was difficult at first, but learned to love Louisiana Milk. Maw Maw and Paw Paw even brought me Louisiana milk to Oklahoma for my birthday! She always made us the homemade popcicles from koolaid and homemade pear pies. What am I talking about, everything she made was homemade! She would always french braid my hair since it was never long enough to put in a bun like hers. We always kept an eye out for Maw Maw's head to pop over the screen door (which she was barely tall enough to see over so made it hard to see her sometimes) while jumping on the trampoline. She said only 1 at a time, but we usually bent the rules a little (2 or 3 jump, while the other watches the door). Fishing trips were actually amazing even though we had to get up at 3:00 am and wear long sleeve shirts and jeans in 90 degree weather. She was the best Crappie (White Perch she called them) fisher I have ever seen! She would out fish all of us using a cane pole. Coming from Oklahoma, we don't see many cane poles, but I quickly learned how in Louisiana because I wanted to catch fish like Maw Maw! Cleaning 100 fish didn't seem too fun at the time, but it was the time together, gathered at the large spool talking about our fishing adventure for the day, that meant the most! Now that I am in my 30's I realize the values that Maw Maw and Paw Paw taught me all those years ago. Work hard, play hard, respect your elders and others, and most important, cherish and protect your family! I love you dearly Maw Maw and I will carry these values with me forever!
Love Always, Valerie Kay