Friday, January 4, 2013

Friday Family History: Happy Birthday to Grandma

Today is my lovely grandma's  birthday.  Happy birthday, Grandma!



Grandma lives in her own home, checks her e-mail daily, and enjoys keeping in touch with family and friends.  She wears her nearly-96 years well; with any luck, I have inherited her never-go-grey genes. 

Even if not, though, there are other, more important, traits of Grandma that I hope to emulate:

1. A can-do attitude.  When Grandma was a young mother, she and her family moved to a house which did not have electricity in the upstairs bedrooms.  Grandma checked out a book from the library and wired those rooms herself.  I'm pretty sure I'd never be that brave, but I have channeled Grandma as I've tackled other home improvement projects.

2. A fearless approach to new technology.  Grandma has had a computer for a number of years now.   I hope to embrace new things as readily as she does.

3. A calm, unshakable faith.  After Grandpa died, Grandma spent 18 months serving a proselyting mission in the cold Midwest.  Though she was decades older than her companions, she carried on and served faithfully.  She also worked in the temple for many, many years.  I want my life to reflect such faith.

4. Physical strength and activity.  Grandma participated in water aerobics for as long as she was able to--into her 80's, I believe.  I want to take care of myself as well as she has taken care of herself.

5. Love of family.  I can hear her cute little laugh in my mind, even though many miles separate our homes.  She takes such joy in talking with family.  I hope my eyes twinkle like hers.

Happy birthday, Grandma!  I love you.

Thanks for grandmas, who set good examples for us.

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8 comments:

  1. Happy birthday to your dear grandmother! That's awesome. My own grandmother lived 'til almost 98, but she definitely went grey. Many of your grandmother's other attributes were true for her as well though.

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  2. Wishing your grandmother a very Happy Birthday!

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  3. Your Grandma sounds like an amazing person! What an inspiration she must be to you and your daughters. Happy Birthday to her!

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  4. You Grandma sounds just so wonderful. What a blessing. Happy Birthday Grandma :)
    Susie

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  5. I don't think I would have attempted wiring based on what I read from a book. Sounds like Grandma has some spunk! Happy Birthday to her!

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  6. so blessed to have known your Grandmother..she sounds lovely...and to emulate her would be of the highest praise. Found you over on Deborah Jeans Friday blog hop

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  7. What a wonderful tribute. Please wish her a happy birthday to me. It sounds like a person I would love to meet.

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  8. It sounds like you have a very special woman to call Grandma. She sounds like a treasure for sure. Never take her for granted as grandmas are hard to come by...at least for me. I never really knew mine and wish I had been given the chance. I hope you inherit those things from your grandma too. They are amzazing qualities to possess :)

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