Today is Oct 29. My Grandma’s birthday.
She’s been gone for a couple years now. Some days it seems longer than that. Other days it still doesn’t feel real.
Grandma, Grandmother – Either way you say it, is there a sweeter name anywhere?
The word Grand and Mother together, joined for now and forever as one united Grand concept. The mere word brings up images of baking cookies, cuddling for stories, and secrets whispered in little girl sleepovers.
I am not sure why I have these images. They are not at all who my Grandmother really was.
My Grandmother was no ordinary Grandmother. She was more.
Although she passed away, she lives on in the hearts of so many who knew and loved her. Please let me share some of my memories of Grandma…
No Ordinary Grandma
Weekends were spent barbecuing and chowing down on Grandma’s potato salad, the kind no one else has mastered.
Grandma was also my biggest cheerleader. She was no quiet knitter on the side lines. She attended many of my games and let everyone know she was there.
One of my favorite memories is camping as a child. Camping was a lot of fun but hard work too so, on those special trips when my grandparents met up with us, I would always be incredibly thankful. Camping with them meant looking up at the stars for stories of “the old days.”
It meant love and laughter.
How do I put so much love in a post?
I can’t. As trite as it sounds, I wish I could go back and tell my Grandmother one more time how much I love her still.
And, now, I look at my mother, who has inherited so many of her mother’s traits: Her kind heartedness, her ability to laugh, her willingness to do anything to help her children – and I know that some of those good traits will be passed on to me and I cannot express my thankfulness or my gratitude or my appreciation or my love in words, but they are there.
And, as much as we are different, all three of us women, as much as I will cringe re-reading this at times, I know I could do much worse than to turn out like my Grandmother or my Mother. They are strong and intelligent. There’s not much on this Earth that can top those traits.
And for that, I want to thank them both.
I have been truly blessed.