Monday, October 26, 2009

My Grandma

As a kid I didn't appreciate age or wisdom but as I've gotten older and have been a part of history myself it has gotten me to thinking. I have 2 grandmothers still alive, but one of them has Alzheimer's and if anything can teach you how short life is or how fragile it is, it's this disease. It breaks my heart every time I call her and she tries to speak to me, knowing she has no idea who she's talking to, to hear relatives in the background coach her on what to say to me, and trying to remind her of who I am, when at one time we had a close relationship.

This woman here is my maternal grandmother she is going to be 83, she still takes walks, cooks, reads, watches and yells at the TV while the Yankee's are playing, does the crossword, and up until a few yrs ago was still working too. I think she has aged beautifully. I've lived overseas for about 13 years and every time I come back to visit she looks the same. Good genes. (SCORE!) lol.

Yesterday I watched her cook one of my MANY favorites...and I started to think about the fact that I know recipes, but I don't know all of hers. Then I started to think about her life and all that I don't know about it, so I started to ask her things like "Where were you when Pearl Harbor was bombed?" I still have so much to learn from her, I'm just glad I am living home again to able to learn it all. Her mother only lived as far as I think 80, so she has already beaten the odds. Plus she has too many grand kids and great grand kids to keep her going. lol. I love you grandma! (Cross on the green and not in between, ;) lol)

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