Monday, February 16, 2009

Happy Birthday Grandma!

Today is my Grandma's birthday. She turns 92 today.

Grandma's one of the most resourceful people I know. I remember her saving rubber bands, twist ties, and bread bags when I was a kid. Anything that could be reused was - over and over. There was always a colorful bar of soap in the bathroom - made of bits and pieces of soaps that were too small to use by themselves.
Staying at Grandma and Grandad's house was always fun. Usually it was with my cousin Sarah and we could always find something to do. Grandma and Grandad had an RV, which was lots of fun to "live in" for the day. We were always intrigued by the upstairs of the old house, with it's big pink bathroom. There was room divider screen upstairs with drawings done by our dads and uncles and aunt many years earlier. The bedroom upstairs was one big room, but it had lots of mysterious nooks and crannies. Getting upstairs involved a flight of very shiny, polished hardwood stairs. You weren't supposed to run and you had to wear shoes or go barefoot. No socks on the stairs. I'm sure by the time my cousin and I were around, Grandma'd seen lots of bumps and bruises from kids falling on the stairs. When you stayed at Grandma and Grandad's house, you always had a bedtime snack. Sometimes we had cereal for our snack, but sometimes Grandad popped popcorn over the stove. Yes stove - not microwave.
Grandma and Grandad always set a good example for all of us. You never heard a cross word between them and we often saw them work together - in the garden, making the bed, doing the dishes. They were a team, and even though my Grandad passed away when I was 19, they still are.
Happy Birthday Grandma!


Keetha said...

What a lovely tribute!

Your writing is wonderful - I can see this house and the polished stairs and the bedtime snack.

Great post. :-)

Erin said...

Thank you so much! I don't think of myself as a writer at all, so I especially appreciate your kind words.