Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

I know that "Wordless Wednesday" is supposed to be...well, wordless, and I usually try to keep it that way. Today, though is my grandmother's birthday. She is 81. I know that most people are probably partial to their grandma's, but I really have the best grandmother EVER! She has always been there for me, always supported and encouraged me, and quite frankly, I don't think she has ever said, let alone, thought something bad or negative about anyone. She is the most positive person I know.

I have so many special memories of her (and my grandfather too) of when I was a kid. We grew up living in the same town as my grandparents. It's where they grew up and where my parents grew up. We lived 'just through the pasture' and I could walk up there to see them pretty much any time I wanted. I remember going there to help my grandma. She was always so patient with me and would give me jobs to help. I remember her pulling a chair over to the sink and she would let me wash the dishes or I could dust, all kinds of things and then she'd give me quarter for each job I accomplished. It was always way more fun to do this at grandma's house. She was never in a rush and she never told me that I did it wrong!

I am so grateful to my parents for allowing me to be able to have these special people in my life, to be able to bond and truly have a relationship with them that is and has been a source of joy and strength for me throughout my life.

When I was 25, I moved away from my hometown, but just recently moved back after 15 years, as now I have my daughters to think of, and I want to be able to provide that same opportunity to hopefully have the same type of relationship with their grandparents and great-grandma. It is truly joyful seeing my girls spending time with their great-grandmother, who adores them and sees them at every opportunity.

My grandmother is a very 'young' 81! She still lives on her own, gardens, travels, plays cards, and she's been bowling for something like 50 years! As someone said to me this past must be that small town living! I think so, and also the joy of being surrounded by your family!

So, I'd like to share a few pictures of my grandmother in honor of her birthday. Isn't she beautiful?

My beautiful grandmother...circa 1945

My grandparent's wedding day, February 15, 1946

My Grandparents - February 15, 1946

The first time my grandmother held her great-granddaughter's. They were about three months old and were still in the NICU.

A VERY proud great-grandmother

And a couple a little more current...these were from a couple years ago.

Great-grandma and girls

A witch and her two little kitties!

Thank you for sharing this day with me. I hope this gave you a small glimpse of how I feel about my grandmother and the love that we share. I am so very proud to be her granddaughter!

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Tina Kubala said...

She was beautiful her whole life long. We'll forgive the words because they are important one's.

Nicki Mann said...

What a beautiful lady! She looks great as a great-grandma, too! You and your girls are so lucky to have her!
Make sure you show her your post about her!

Not Afraid to Use It said...

Very beautiful and touching photos! I love the ones of her younger self. It makes me miss my gramma!

ZAM said...

Hi MM. This is just so sweet. Few people are so lucky to have spent time with their grandparent or great grandparents. I never had a chance to spend more than a week with mine, in both sides. Or maybe I had but never have any recollection of it now.

Diana said...

Thanks for sharing! She is just as beautiful now as she was when she got come from good genes!

An Ordinary Mom said...

Your grandmother is simply beautiful! I hope she has a happy birthday. I think it is so special when families are close like this.

Joyful Days said...

She looks like a fantastic woman. How blessed you are to have her--and she you!

Happy WW!

Katya said...

What a wonderful tribute to a very special and lovely lady! It is so great when children can meet and know their grandparents, let alone great grandparents! Here's to many more special days ahead!!!

Tiff said...

She is beautiful!! I love the pictures and the tribute to your grandma!

Deb - Mom of 3 Girls said...

What beautiful photos and such a lovely tribute to your grandmother! Thanks for sharing them! :)

HappyMama said...

What a beautifully written tribute to your grandmother! I, too, have such a close bond with my grandma. She watches my little girl when I go to work (three days), the same way her mom, my great-grandma watched me when I grew up and my parents were at work. It's a tradition that we have carried on. There's nothing more precious than having grandmas and that special bond that you have with them. I enjoy watching my daughter, who has two grandmas and two great-grandmas interact with them. Just truly precious. Thanks for sharing your story!

Shirley said...

What a lovely tribute to your grandmother. You are both very lucky, and it sounds like you have a wonderfully close family. My WW for this week is "Color It Autumn." Thanks for visiting!

Tanya said...

Aw Kim, I wanna move to Minnesota and share your grandma! She was and IS beautiful...I love reading about your childhood and how things still are in your hometown. Beautiful tribute...tell grammie hi and happy belated Birthday! :)

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