Tuesday, 7 July 2015

You don't remember me, but I will never forget you.

Today is my beautiful Grandma's Birthday. She has been on my mind since I woke up this morning. I had a thought that I would like to sketch this gorgeous portrait of her, but my day was hectic and I did not find the time. It is something that I would like to do in the future. Imagine that I sketched this photo. Are you impressed? I am impressed by how beautiful my grandmother is, as well as how people really knew how to take a glamour portrait in her day. 

I send Grandma a card every year, and some photos or a small gift, although the gifts are getting more difficult to figure out. My grandmother has Alzheimer's Disease, and it has been many years since she has recognized me when I go to visit her. I miss her. Life is anything but fair.

5 things I love about my Grandma

1. She was an important part of my childhood. I grew up in the same city as all my grandparents and most of that time my paternal and maternal grandparents lived only 2 blocks from each other so we could walk from one house to the other as children (spoiled). I remember Sunday dinners at Grandma's house with my mom's side of the family. If the weather was nice, we ate outside, at tables, with fold up chairs, or on picnic blankets. There was a lot of delicious food and laughter.

2. My Grandma is the most creative person. She was always playing the piano, quilting, making dolls, sewing clothes, decorating her house, painting and repainting walls... This obviously had a great impact on me (as well as my mother, and my sisters- we can't stop creating)! 

My Grandma made this spectacular quilt for me when I got married. It is a treasure. She even did needlepoint squares showcasing music, art, computers, and ninjas. Husband appreciates those last two subjects. 

3. My Grandma is one of the smartest people I have ever met. She is well read, educated, opinionated, quick with conversation and with wit. When Husband first got to know Grandma, he was surprised by her constant debate. You had to be aware and participate in conversation or you would miss out.

4. She loves my Grandpa so much. They are a wonderful example of true love. They are best friends, they challenge each other, and they have FUN together. Grandma lives in a home now, and Grandpa goes to visit her every single day. Sweetest romance story I know.

5. My absolute favourite thing about my Grandma is her laugh. I miss hearing it, I know that I am not the only one. All my little cousins (I am the oldest of her 19 grandkids) just tickled her and kept her chuckling. I am sure that her 5 children entertained her quite a bit when she wasn't exhausted! 

My Grandma and Grandpa served a mission for the LDS church in upstate New York. My family and I went to visit them when I was a teenager. One evening we went for a walk along the train tracks in a beautiful State Park. Grandma somehow tripped and fell. We were up quite high, at least 20 meters (almost 66 feet - I looked it up for my American friends). It was a steep incline, she lay stiff as a board and had the slowest fall down the hill. Really, it was like she was slow sliding down the gravel feet first. We laughed and laughed because we have a family issue of laughing at people when they get hurt, luckily, she was not seriously injured, and the whole stunt was hilarious. When I asked Grandma why she let herself slide down the entire hill without stopping, she said, "I have learned that when you fall, you should just go with it." Wise words from a wise woman. 

Happy Birthday Grandma. I love you.


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  2. I typed up a lovely comment and then it didn't save. I'll try again. That was a lovely post Danielle. So thoughtful. It must have been hard to write. It was a very emotional read for me. I sent to see mom after work today. Uncle Bill and Dad were there too. We took mom outside in the courtyard and sat in the sunshine and visited. Mom loved being in the warm sun! When mom was still at home we would often sit outside on the patio swing out in the backyard enjoying the sun. We would visit, listen to the birds, sing and sometimes just sit in silence, swinging and enjoying the sunshine. I don't know how much mom is aware of, she does not respond to much, but it was nice to be with her on her birthday. You asked for a special memory: mom wrote beautiful cards and letters. She had lovely cursive writing, and had a way with words. I have saved all her letters and cards over the years and they are so special to me. Thankyou for remembering mom today. I always thought mom looked like a moviestar in that picture! I love you Danielle!

    1. I love you too Alaine! Thank you for sharing your lovely birthday moment and reminding me of Grandma's beautiful writing.