Pop-Pop always kept it locked. It was
attached to the horse stable both of
which he had built.
When he was finished working in the
garden Pop-Pop would yell over to the
fruit stand to Granny "ya need my
help with anythin Carrie" Granny would
always reply "we got everthan covered
Johnny thanks darrlin'." We meaning
me and Granny. I loved working the
fruit stand. I've got a lot of great
memories from all those summers.
Pop-Pop would always yell back "ok
darrlin' I'll be in the shop if ya need
me-- you come and get me Thommy
boy if your Granny needs me for
somethan". "ok Pop-Pop can I come
and help ya when it slows down a bit"
"you check with your Granny first--
don't want er runnin erself ragged now
do we boy" "no sir Pop-Pop i'll see ya
Most days the time would go by so
fast that before I knew it it would be
past six and Granny would say "let's
close er up Thommy boy and go get
your Pop-Pop's supper a cookin'".
Granny always let me carry the money
tin. Filled with ones and fives and
even a few tens some days. And I
knew that most of that money would
soon find it's way up into the attic
where all the bees lived and died and
then right inside Mother's
Locked Cedar Chest.
could hear Pop-Pop's lathe spinning.
I'd look up at Granny and she already
knew my question "ok darrlin' but just
for a few minutes I need ya to help
me with supper more than your Pop-
Pop needs help makin' those buttons".
Off I'd go running to the button shop.
I'd open the door and Pop-Pop would
turn off the lathe and say "get up er
on my lap and make some buttons
boy". "ok Pop-Pop but I only got time
for a few" "I know ya gotta go help
your Granny with supper".
Making from his father when he was
just 12. About the only thing that had
changed over that time was the motor
. Pop-Pops lathe was electric. And
that's what made most of the noise.
Pop-Pop could turn out any size or any
kind of button from almost any
material. Woods & horns were used
for button making in those days but
Pop-Pop was a master craftsman and
used shells from the Atlantic Ocean.
Pop-Pops shell buttons were in high
demand and Grannies mail-box was
filled everyday with orders from
around the country. And checks from
orders sent out weeks before. In the
evenings after supper dishes were
done Pop-Pop would turn on The
Lawrence Welk Show and Granny and
I'd go thru the orders and get them
all ready for Pop-Pop. And then the
checks. Granny would log them into
her black ledger and then put them in
her purse. When we were finished
Granny would say "we got em all in
order for ya Johnny" Pop-Pop's reply
wonerful" and then the laughter.
would head into town first stop the
bank. Everyone in the bank had to talk
to Granny. And me. But mostly
Granny. She'd hand Mr. Eden the
envelope filled with checks and soon
he'd return with another envelope
filled with cash. Next stop would be
Mothers. Granny & I would drive up
the hill park go inside and only if the
others weren't home Granny would pull
a paper sack out of her purse the one
she had placed the envelope in and say
"Simon take this up to the attic & lock
this up in Marie's cedar chest for me
and take a couple dollars for yourself"
always followed with "you be careful
round those bees ya hear me Simon-I
don't won't you gettin' stung on my
account" "yes ma'am Miss Carrie"
Simon would say.
fruits & vegetables & buttons & Pop-
Pop & Mother & me. And Mothers
chest. And just like Pop-Pops button
shop Mother always kept it locked.