Friday, October 10, 2014

My Hungarian Grandmother A Farmer's Wife.

WE lost a great women yesterday. She lived 100 years on this earth and graced it with ever present kindness and beauty.  Living all of her life in Hungary kept her at a great distance from us , a distance that I regret.  My sister who not only is  a talented designer but also a wonderful writer truly captured the essence of my Hungarian grandmother in this poem. Enjoy and have a beautiful weekend.

I Wish I Knew Her Better

The smile of a child
the strength to carry the world
the selflessness of a new mother
the kindness of a warm breeze.

She worked but never struggled
she tired but never complained
she made feasts from morning til night
and she hid all of her pain.

A farmer’s wife
a mother of war
her last wish she’d give it to you
if you were family
she would give you more
and then she’d ask, “What more can I do?”

We’ll never know
what were her dreams
when she went shyly to the dances
of what she yearned for, her hopes or fears
of what she may have thought romance was.

One hundred years
one house
one life
no fancy thrills
no where to run to.

But change there was
but heartache, strife
but war and loss
“What more could I do?”

Forever staying, praying, waiting
waiting, waiting
waiting for you.

A warm duvet
a fresh killed chicken
plum dumplings, donuts
the freshest greens.

Of sad farewells, joyful returns
the sweetest eyes
a hearth to cling to.

Your legs so bowed
your soul so sweet
your love so deep
I guess
I knew you.

In honor of Maria Dancsecs Dolgos Feb. 24, 1914 - Oct. 9, 2014
All things Hungarian and a big cheers to you wherever you are.

So lucky to have spent time with her in Hungary 3 years ago RIP wonderful lady.
Credits - Pinterest


  1. i am so sorry for your loss. what a beautiful poem that will help her memory live on!

  2. So sorry for your loss, she sounds like she was an incredible person!


  3. I am so sorry for your loss, what a beautiful woman, and I love the Hungarian images.

  4. Losing those we love is never easy, even at 100, and then being far away from them is also not easy.
    Wishing your sweet Grandmother eternal rest and may she watch over you and guide you each and every day.
    Your sister's tribute is beautiful. What a strong generation to have witnessed and survived so much.

    1. Yes you are right it was a strong generation and thank you Patricia.

  5. Oh my dear Karolyn, I a so sorry to hear this. It does not matter what age we lose a loved one, the hurt is still there.

    Hugs and prayers to your family and what a beautiful poem in her honor.

    The Arts by Karena

  6. So sorry to hear about your loss, Karolyn...she sounds like an amazing lady and your sister's poem was beautiful. Hugs to you, my dear! xoxo

  7. Karolyn, so sorry to hear. What a beautiful tribute from your sister. Sending prayers and hugs your way...

  8. My sister sent me this link made me cry..beautiful poem. Our Grandma was really a great person witn an unbelievable long life.. She will always stay in my heart with the nicest memories! I hope she found her peace! Thanks for these nice words!

  9. Marietta Libreczné DolgosOctober 17, 2014 at 2:40 AM

    Dear Karolyn and Suzanne,
    I would like to thank You for the touching beautiful tribute to our Grandmother, as we called Her: Nagymama.
    I feel especially fortunate due to the fact that I could grow up with Her, listen to Her wisdom, taste Her excellent dishes, see Her smile and feel Her loving care almost everyday in Hungary.
    Thanks to all those who shared our grief in any way and expressed their condolences, sympathy.
    All the best to You from Hungary! With Love, Marietta Libreczné Dolgos


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