Dodger, Elvis Presleyâ€™s paternal grandmother, remembers the day he and his twin were born as told by Nancy, their Graceland Mansion house maid in her book, â€œInside Graceland, Elvisâ€™ Maid Remembers.â€ Dodger says it was all the fault of the doctor not having enough sense to know there were two babies instead of one.
Dodger also says Elvis growing up was just like any other poor child born during the depression in Tupelo, Mississippi. They could not afford medicine when Elvis was sick. For stomachaches they gave him hard peppermint candy soaked overnight in moonshine, and it apparently worked.
As we look back on Elvis Presleyâ€™s addictions to prescription medicines as adult we might be able to conclude his early childhood was a contributing factor. I would guess Elvis thought being able to have medicine as an adult for whatever problem was pure luxury as was other aspects of his wealthy adult life.
Dodger recalls when Elvis would get mad at Gladys for whatever reason he walked next door to her house carrying some of his clothes in a paper bag. When she would see the paper bag in his hands, she always knew he was mad at Gladys and running away from home. When Gladys discovered he was missing, Dodger would tell her just leave him alone I will bring him home when he settles down.
Dodger had to punish Elvis one day when he was playing with the neighborhood children in front of their house. There was a ditch that frequently had water in it and on a dare, Elvis sat in the ditch, and got his clothes soaking wet. Dodger had to paddle him pretty good when he came inside. Elvis cried and promised he would never do it again and because he looked so pitiful crying, Dodger began to cry with him.
When Dodger saw Gladys spanking Elvis, she would always demand to know just exactly what he had done. Dodger could not stand to see Gladys spanking Elvis and she begged her not to spank him. Once Elvis was guilty of calling Vernon, â€œVernon,â€ instead of daddy and received a spanking for that, which really upset Dodger.
I recall hearing Elvis on one of his You Tube concert videos telling a little story about his daughter, Lisa Marie, who had called him Elvis instead of daddy. He said, he was making his way down the stairs and at the bottom of the stairs stood Lisa Marie who suddenly said, â€œHi, Elvis.â€ He said she was only six years old at the time. He did not spank her, but simply said, â€œIâ€™m your daddy, donâ€™t call me Elvis.â€
Source: Inside Graceland, Elvisâ€™Maid Remembers, by Nancy Rooks as told to Jim Cox
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