Today is the birthday of one of the most special people in my life, the person who has been most influential in making me who I am today — my grandma.
After my parents passed away when I was little, my grandma and grandpa raised me, my sister and my brother. They gave up their retirement to give us the best childhood possible: they added a wing onto their retirement house so we’d have a nice place to live; took us traveling throughout the US and Canada; took us on hiking and camping trips; drove us to sports and band practices; painted the sets when we were in drama; got elected to the school board; helped us with school projects; and did so much more that I’m not naming here. They truly invested everything in us.
As an artist and a writer, one of the best gifts she gave me is the ability to think creatively. She always encouraged me to garden, sew, paint, draw, bake and cook. She allowed us to experiment in the kitchen and is the reason I love to cook today.
One of the things I admire most about my grandma is that she is a very positive person. If you give her a lemon, she will hand you the most delicious glass of lemonade you’ve ever had!
She told me today that she can’t believe she’s 88. I, and most people who would have the pleasure of meeting her, can’t either. She emailed me 2 or 3 times today, responded to my “happy birthday” message to her on Facebook, has a column in the weekly paper in her hometown, has published several books in the last few years and has her own website.
I’m so thankful for everything she has taught me and for all the love she has shown me! Happy birthday, Grandma!