Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Photo Story Friday

Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek There's no way I can post just one photo of this amazing woman. So, you're getting three, and you're gonna have to like it ;) Proceed with Caution: Long winded-ness ahead. This is Grammie. She is my husband's 89-year-old grandmother. She is nothing short of magnificent. I am not able to tell just one story about her because she has made such a huge impact on me in the 9 1/2 years I have known her. I know that she will not be around forever, and when she does go, I want the world to know how much she meant to me. I remember when Zac and I started dating. I called him one day and he said, "I'll call you right back, I am on the phone with my grandma." I was thinking, "What? He talks to his grandmother?? Growing up, I had NO relationship with either of my grandmothers and the idea was so foreign to me. So, imagine my surprise when he called me back TWENTY minutes later, saying, "Oh, sorry I just got off the phone with her. We talk about 3 times a week." Whoa, what on EARTH would anyone want to talk to their grandmother about for THAT long?? And three times a week? I was beginning to think this guy was gonna be a dud. A few months went by, and Zac wanted to introduce Brandon and me to his grandmother. Zac was a bit scared since Grammie was 80 and her only grandson was dating some chick with a kid. I was so nervous, because if he was scared, then there HAD to be a reason (I soon figured out that Zac is quite the over-reactor). We walked in and Grammie hugged me and hugged Brandon and she was just ecstatic to meet us. She sat us down and wanted to know everything about us. I knew at once what it felt liked to be welcomed with open arms. And I knew at once that I wanted this woman to be MY grandmother. She reminded me of the grandmother on 'Happy Gilmore.' Grammie had a hard adult life, but you'd never know it. She takes everything with stride. Her husband left her and her two boys when the oldest was about 5. Grammie was a single mother and she never, ever dated again. She knew that her job was to care for her boys and not let anyone else get in the way of that. She did a wonderful job, and her boys are now taking care of her. The respect they have for their mother is admirable. This is just a little teeny piece of Grammie, but there is SO MUCH MORE. I am sure I will share more about her, but for now, since I am tearing up already, this is gonna have to do it. I will say that I am a better person for knowing this amazing woman. I tell my husband all the time, " I only married you for your grandmother." He thinks it's great. You know what's even better? Now, I have a Grammie that I talk to three times a week.

11 comments:

hotmamabeads said...

Love it! Makes me miss my Grandma! She was that kind of person. The kind of woman that you wanted to go hang out with all the time. She made everyone feel like they were her favorite. (Of course, I know that I was really her favorite.)

Jeannene said...

This truly made me cry!! I am so serious. I know how much you love your "Grammy" cause when we were all at the "Ladies Retreat" you had to call her all the way from Mt. Hermon to tell you were at a Ladies Retreat and not at home so she wouldn't "freak out" you were not their or Zach answered the phone. She obviously love you a whole lot too.

You see I do pay attention, I may "flap my jaws a lot, but I do have ears to listen to my "dear close friends!!" And...I know how much you love your Hubby's Grandma which is by the way..."YOURS TOO!!"

This is such a sweet post...I love it!! I love her picture she is everything you say and more...she looks like a "small and petite little firecracker with a huge heart!!"

XOXO~Jeannene

MamaGeek said...

Oh this was so sweet - a PERFECT addition to PSF. This was such a beautiful tribute. What a wonderful woman. Thanks for joining the PSF fun!

Crazymamaof6 said...

she is the cutest grammie ever! thanks for sharing your thoughts about her. she is a GEM!

Cecily R said...

That is just so cool. What an amazing woman to have as part of your lives! How lucky you and your kids are to have such a great example so close to you.

LOVE the pictures. The last one makes me laugh.

So SO glad you are playing PSF with us!!

andrea j said...

What a sweet story! I love the pictures of her. She looks great!!

I think that is so awesome that she taught her boys respect. What a great example :)

jenn said...

Beautiful story!

Huckdoll said...

You don't even have to say anymore!!

She sounds like an angel and she's absolutely beautiful to boot!! I would have guess she was at least 10 years younger just from the photos.

B Boys Mom said...

Grammie sure sounds like a wonderful person. She also looks great for 89!

Bethany said...

aww! That's so sweet! She just looks like one of those grammie's that you just wanna squeeze and never let go!

Mamarazzi said...

HOW did i miss this post?!? it was like 6 days ago!!!

anyway it was lovely! i love my Grandma too...she is 88 and a total spitfire...really awesome. i could talk to her for hours toooo. infact i think i will call her now!

HUGS!