Friday, February 27, 2009

Memories of My Grandma

My Grandma Spencer recently celebrated her 78th birthday. As part of the festivities, the grandchildren were asked to write a memory of our grandma. The memories were printed and placed in a special memory box. The following is my memories of my grandma.

I feel very fortunate to have spent so much time with my Grandma Spencer over the years. She has always held a special place in my heart.

I am more like my grandma than anyone else who has contributed to my genetic make-up. We share the same long toes, a tendency towards stubbornness, dimples, hair color, stomach issues, appreciation for Dancing with the Stars, and love for black licorice.

She has also helped me gain some very important “life skills”. She taught me how to correctly make a bed, dust, vacuum, make potato salad, and fold a towel. She claims I am the only grandchild who folds her towels the “right” way. =)

So many memories of time with my grandma fill my heart it is difficult for me to pick a favorite. There are the hours of playing cards and Rummikub, watching the Dodgers on TV, going to Sea World, Thanksgivings in California with just me and my grandparents, going to watch Lethal Weapon in the theaters so we could “ooh” and “aah” over Mel Gibson, picking at peeling paint, grocery shopping in Hemet after 10, and eating bowls and bowls of popcorn.

The fondest memories have occurred during the last few years when she and I have had time to talk. She has shared experiences she had with her siblings growing up, stories about her parents and grandparents, and details about life with my grandpa and their four girls. She has informed me that I was a little “*@$#” as a child (I think this is where our shared stubbornness comes into play) and has told me stories of times she and I spent together. I have learned a lot about her, my heritage, and myself. These wonderful conversations are a gift I will always treasure.

The greatest gift of all is the unconditional love and support she has given me over the years. Through all my trials and crazy adventures I have embarked upon she has been there for me. She tells me she is proud of me and assures me I am loved. No one could ask for a better grandma.