How long do you keep dead people alive?

I really don’t know.

We have lots of family quilts

that if the house were on fire,

I guess would need to go.

This one is the oldest

created very long ago.

1880 to be exact,

it was her bridal quilt, this for sure we know.

Mary Margaret Saunders Honn,

my mom’s maternal Grandmother.

I’m sure she had hopes and dreams,

but without money, she really had no choice.

It’s easier not to mention

for in that time women had no voice,

but we have to wonder why no one stepped forward

when he beat uncle ray half to death.

It was a little town in Missouri, which no longer is on the map

If you’ve seen the Fried Green Tomatoes

you have a picture in your head.

That is what the town looked like

with a future that might have been filled with dread.

People seem to think that human nature is really just that way,


My mother really loved her, and she was gone before I was born.

I have this quilt but no good memories

and in keeping it, I am torn.





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  1. How amazing to have such an old quilt and a quilt with such a story. It’s a great reminder about how far we’ve come as women, how much the ones before us endured and sacrificed.

    • we are fortunate to have several generations of family quilts. Our generations are usually 40 years apart, so it’s a bit difficult to keep any connection to those who went before us since their lessons are pretty much silenced.

  2. It’s a work of art. I agree with Amanada’s comment. Keeping it is a reminder of those who came before us.

  3. Wow…what a beautiful quilt and a heart pulling story. It is part of your history! A reminder to us all that there were times like that…so sad.

  4. Things are only that, but this beautiful work of art keeps those who have passed alive in our hearts.

    • Thanks, we ARE fortunate to have several family quilts.

  5. An interesting look at the past; people and things; what they leave behind; memories and stuff. A nice write!

  6. this is smart.
    love quilts, they evoke fond memories.

  7. fabulous…


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