Happy Birthday, Grandma!

me and grandma

This picture was taken in 1981 at our house in Simi Valley, CA. It was my Mom’s parents’ 45th Wedding Anniversary party. This is my Dad’s mom: Grandma Eileen. She lived with us from the time I was 2 years old and we were very close. Today would have been her 101st birthday.

I spoke at her funeral in January of 2010. She died just two weeks short of her 95th birthday. I wish I still had a copy of the eulogy I wrote to her, but it is long lost on some flash drive or old hard drive that no longer exists in my world.

She does though. Every day I think about her and miss her. She was my third parent and was the one who kept me from being a latch key kid. I remember when I had the flu she was so intent on finding something for me to eat that she listed the entire contents of our kitchen until I decided that yes, I could maybe eat some celery and keep it down.

Grandma taught me to many things to enumerate. But the qualities I inherited from her are a fierce streak of independence, tenacity, and never giving up. I can’t believe she’s been gone five years now.

I shall raise a toast to you tonight, Grandma. Happy Birthday and thank you.

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