Thursday, November 12, 2009

Mama Ruth

Tim McGraw's newest song is titled 'Southern Voice'. There is a line in the song that goes like this:

It's Hi Ya'll, did you eat well?
Come on in, I'm sure glad to know to know ya

My daddy's mother, my grandmother - Mary Ruth Atchison, a fabulously put together who woman would say something like this if you came to her home or if she just met you in the shoe department at Dillard's. Mama Ruth's hair was always perfectly done, her Estee Lauder make-up always smooth, her nails manicured, clothes sequined, satined or made of linen were pressed so perfectly you could balance a quarter on the creases, a fan of Etienne Aigner bags, who once said "you can tell the difference between a designer shoe and a cheap shoe the second you slip your foot in it", styled and dressed to the nines any hour of the day, she never introduced me as Kimberly or Kim but used my full formal name Miss Kimberly Dionne Atchison, this woman never met a stranger and those who met her loved her.

Mama Ruth taught me to cross stitch, how to cross my legs like a lady and to never say "I'm full" but instead "I have plenty". She was a ladies' lady.

You would never feel left out in her presence and she would most certainly go out of her way to speak to you or make you feel at home.

I lived with her and my Papa while I was in college and then for a little while after graduation. After Papa died in 1996 I was still in her residence and one afternoon after work I came through the back door and I found her sitting on the end of her bed with her head down and I sat beside her and asked "whats the matter" and Mama Ruth said "I am just so blue". She was that kind of person - not over dramatic but got her point across.

Mama Ruth passed away in 2000 from an aneurysm, and she still appears in my dreams ever so often. I hope there is a little of her in me.


f1trey said...

a little bit of bitter sweet :)

The Bug said...

Really nice. The fact that you remember her so well means that you definitely have some of her inside you.

Anonymous said...

She sounds lovely. I'm sorry you miss her, but you must be glad to have had her in your life.

Anonymous said...

*sniff, sniff* It smells like Kim in here.

Que said...

I feel ya there. My grandmother is the most important and influential person in my short life to have passed away. I feel sorry for the later generations of our family because they wont ever get the chance to know her like you knew your grandmother.

JLee said...

She sounds very "genteel" :)


She sounded lovely. My grandmother was similar. My Gran would have made the queen look like a skank.

Shelly Rayedeane said...

I hear aneurysms aren't painful though. I'm so sad to hear this. She sounds so classy in her designer boots.

Kimberly said...

Trey - she was awesome.

Bug - I hope so.

Rondamarie - she started me on my handbag addiction.

Trav - and it smells good so shut it.

Uberbitch - *snickers*

JLee - genteel indeedy!

Shelly - I guess I should have said complications from - she survived the aneurysm but fell victim to her lungs filling with fluid.

Violet said...

Mama Ruth was obviously a lovely lady - she shines through every love-filled word you wrote.

SkitzoLeezra said...

Aw, I love ladies like that.

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