Thursday, December 13, 2018

Meet my grandma

During an appointment earlier this week, I started talking about my grandmother.  When I was growing up, I lived most of the time with my grandparents. My grandfather was awful, and my grandmother was a somewhat quiet and weak woman who was needed silence and quiet. Not your holly jolly pair, those two. But that's not what I want to share today. I want to share this:

I grew up in St. Louis, and this is a monument in Forest Park. It is on one side of a lagoon that you can paddle boat on in the summer.  It is a tribute to "Vater Jahn” was known as the “father” of gymnastics  in the 19th century. When she was growing up, my grandmother often went to what was known as the 'Turner Club" in St. Louis, where she and her brother and sister did gymnastics. She eventually became a gym teacher. And she posted for the statue on the right.
At some time in the 1950s, before I was born, she was subjected to electro shock therapy and then became the quiet and meek woman that I knew. I'm not sure exactly what happened, and I know that type of treatment was somewhat standard at that time.

I'm replacing the somewhat sad memories of my grandmother with better ones, and this is the one I am holding tight on to. She was an active, vibrant young woman who is immortalized in my home town. That's really something.

Here is to you, Lucille Belzer Ondr, 1895-1977.


Tired Teacher said...

The statue is amazing, and I'm glad that image of your grandmother has been preserved in bronze.

Vera said...

What a story! I'm happy her image is preserved as well.

Caffeine Girl said...

That is totally amazing! What a way to be remembered!

DelightedHands said...

There's is always more to the 'story' if we take the time to find out.
I'm so glad you shared this; it will give me something good to ponder!