Monday, February 13, 2006

Grandma's Girl!

Sharon presenting Grandma with "The Mother of the Millinium" award during the family talent show portion of Grandma's surprise birthday celebration August 26, 2005

Last week I spent the entire week in Orlando, Florida on a business trip. Though it was a long week, professionally speaking it was very productive. Upon my return home, as always, I found a huge stack of mail. My birthday is coming up next week, and though I will be 41 years old when it shows up, my Grandmother has NEVER failed to send me a birthday card which always arrives early or right on time, and usually contains "a piece of change" as she calls it. Going through my mail on Friday night, I found an envelope from my Grandmother which obviously contained a card. Immediately, I assumed my birthday card had arrived early. Opening the envelop, I found not a birthday card, but a simple note card.

The note card was a spur of the moment Thank You from my Grandma for my having always been there for her whenever she needed me. She talked about how I have never said I was too busy to stop and attend to whatever she needed. Reading the card brought tears to my eyes. All of my life, my Grandma has been there to make sure that I was taken care of, though I lived with and was raised by my Mother who I love very much as well. However, my Grandma has always owned a piece of my heart that was all her own. Amazingly enough, even though she has 69 grandchildren, I have always known that I had my own piece of her heart as well, and even with all those cousins, brothers, and a sister to compete with, my piece of her heart was not small.

Receiving this card from my Grandma made my year! I think we all strive to make a difference in the lives of those we love, but oftentimes, we never know for sure. My Grandma, being the extraordinary person she has always been, took it upon herself to make sure that I don't have to wonder about the difference I make in her life, thereby giving me just one more thing to add to my long, long list of reasons that she is the person who influences me the most in becoming the person I hope to be...someone just like her!

7 comments:

LadyLee said...

Oh damn, Sharon... you got me 'bout to cry over here, man!!!

Grandmas are special, I must say... My grandma is a lot like yours. I always get that nice little card in the mail, with the "piece of change"! And all throughout graduate school, she sent me 50 dollars a month... One year she increased it to 60 dollars a month... "Due to the inflation" she had said...

I took her to see "Antoine Fisher" when it came out. She said she hadn't been to the movies since seeing "the Ten Commandments" when she had to sit in the colored section... She surely enjoyed herself that day (being able to sit where she wanted! LOL)...

But grandmas are SOOOOO special... thanks for this post... you reminded me of how special they are!

The Sarccastik Variable Why said...

aren't grandmas special...i need to call my granny today..good post

Safa said...

That is very special...especially since she has 69 grands! My grandmother passed in December 2001 (3 months before my son was born). She only had 7 grands and 3 greats (now 5 and 1 on the way). However, even though we all knew she loved us, EVERYONE says that I was her favorite. I kinda feel that way too. But, what's so special about grandmas is that they love everyone so different and special in a way only they can.

DJ Diva said...

Yeah..I did a post about my grandma's birthday last week...She is such a special lady too...I love my grandma...and I'm the only one out of us 75 grands and greats that has her name...so I know I'm special ;)

Great post...

Sharon said...

@ dj diva,
I saw your post on your Grandma's B-day and had to get off your blog b/c it was like reading my own...talk about deja vu!...and sharing your Grandma's name is only one of the thousands of things that makes you special!

@ Safa,
Thanks for stopping by and you sure know the real secret beauty of Grandmothers...they absolutely are able to love everyone in an individual way that makes them each feel special...I'm sure all of my grandmother's grandchildren believe themselves to be her favorite...but all but the haters would admit in their heart of hearts that I truly am ;) I know, what a BRAT! Take care of yourself and the wonderful new human you're building...

@ Sarccastik,
Grannies are great! Thanks for dropping in, and I hope you remembered to call your Grandma today! Please come back soon, and I'm on my way to your place when I'm done here...

@ Ladylee,
My friend I believe you cry at the drop of a dime...I have read on several blogs this week how you were on the verge of tears ;-b All those tears not withstanding, what's with Grandma's and this not going to the movies since The Ten Commandments? Did someone pass a law the Black Grandma's couldn't see a movie in a theater since that movie came out? I've been trying to take my Grandma to the movies for more than a year now, and if I'm not mistaken, it's been almost that long since she saw a movie in a theater. She can't even imagine stadium seating at the movies...go figure! Thanks for stopping in...catcha later!

Serenity23 said...

Sharon,
Reading your post made me smile. I am unfortunate in that I never got to spend time or get to know either of my grandmothers. Which is odd since I'm named after one of them. But your grandmother seems to have a beautiful spirit. Remember all those birthdays takes work..

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