Monday, September 23, 2013
One Hundred Years
I couldn't celebrate with her today, but sent her a bouquet of colorful tulips. I will get to see her in about nineteen days (but who's counting?!). A bit over two years ago, she started staying in bed, and now has round-the-clock care. But, besides plain old old age, she is in good health. She sleeps a lot, but when I walk into her room for a visit she often says, "Sara!" And my heart is filled to overflowing because I love her so much and want nothing more than to see her smile.
She is one of the kindest, most generous people I know. What she has given me most is love, so much love. I spent a lot of time at her house as a child and it is such a place of happiness, peace, and refuge. I have so, so many happy memories there. And more to come...
When I visit her, I ask her to tell me my favorite stories from her childhood. There are several! I learned about storytelling from her. I learned that even seemingly ordinary memories are made wonderful in the telling, and are also wonderful simply because they are shared. Stories (memories) are important.
I don't always succeed, but I try to be like my grandma. Especially as a mother. I think of her when I am frustrated with my kids. It helps calm me down and look at the bigger picture. I try to always be kind and considerate, always share a smile. I hope my kids learn that from me (from Grandma).
Every minute, every hour I am fortunate enough to spend with my grandma is a treasure. I just love to be near her, surrounded by her warmth.
Happy 100th Birthday, Grandma! Thank you for being the such a beautiful presence in my life!