Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Happy 100th, Grandma!
June is a month of celebration in our family. In addition to June graduations, there are birthdays too! Happy birthday to my sis! And a very happy birthday to Grandma who is 100 years old today! We love you Grandma! Let me tell you about her. . .
. . .Grandma Helen is my mother's mom. We share the same middle name. I've always loved that we have this connection. When I was a little girl, my grandma worked as a school teacher. She was an excellent teacher and taught the three R's so well. Math was her favorite subject and she enjoys figuring out mathematical formulations. But, my favorite memories of learning with Grandma revolve around hours spent one summer, learning to diagram sentences. I was taking an independent study high school English class and was in over my head! Grandma patiently taught me the details and we worked together with pencil and paper, making sure all the parts of speech were directed to the proper line and space. Grandma was also a devoted nature lover. She camped with our family and loved the outdoors. She could out-hike us all and enjoyed rugged camping in rain or shine! She taught me all about botany, trees, and the stars. A quiet woman, she also has the traits of being determined, independent and resourceful. Her frugal nature set an example for me of conservative care for everything around me; home, nature, and self. Today as she shares her 100th year, I thank her for her gentle and quiet example. Observing myself in her is an amazing journey in self-analysis.