She would kill me for posting this. So, shhhhhhh, it’s our secret. 😉 It’s 3am and she’s in constant pain. Falling in and out of sleep, trying to get as much rest as possible before tonight’s surgery.
I can’t ever remember seeing her sick, and not once have I ever heard her complain about pain – EVER. My grandmother is one tough cookie, yet here she is, in the hospital with pain that reaches 10 when the nurse asks the scale.
“Grandma serves kisses, counsel and cookies daily.” ~ Author Unknown
It’s hard to see loved ones in pain, but it’s no doubt ever harder for her to go through it. So instead of dwelling, I’ve been spending the wee hours of this morning thinking about what an amazing person she is.
What’s her secret to staying healthy? It’s all about attitude.
- Determined, she reversed her diabetes through diet changes.
- She keeps her mind active by playing word games and suduko.
- She credits eating off small plates and portion control for her weight loss and maintenance.
- Volunteer work has her playing piano hymns at four different retirement/nursing homes during the month, as well as playing for the church. Staying active in the community keeps her busy and happy!
Fun(ny) facts that she’d kill me for sharing…
- At her own wedding, she played the tune an incredibly complicated piano piece titled Falling Waters.
- Once, Grandpa actually sold their house without telling her in exchange for a few cows. Cheeky!
- She makes the meanest banana bread around.
- Her first passport stamp was at the age of 84 when we took her to Florida.
- My grandfather was colourblind, so she once had the living and dinning room painted her favourite colour – pink. Bright pink.
- She’s traveled coast to coast.
- Over 20 years ago, she taught me how to make my first pineapple upside down cake for mom’s birthday. I love baking/cooking!
- At 86 years old she still drives herself around town.
- She once sent away for papers to join the Navy, but then didn’t follow through. (Phew, or else I wouldn’t be here 😉 )
- She loves us, yet has no problems tells me to stuff it when I cross the line (ha ha, and rightfully so).
- Like most grandmothers, it’s impossible to visit her without being fed.
I remember being terrified of our creepy old basement growing up, and by terrified I mean that I never went down there, even as an adult. So when a fuse blew one day, it was my grandmother, then in her late seventies, who went down to change it and not me. (It’s ok to call me out on this –ha ha – I really am a wimp!)
In my mind she’s the toughest grandmother around (I’m thinking of buying her a superhero cape…) and also the most loving. She calls me to scold if I haven’t talked to her in a while and she supports all my adventures/crazy life pursuits. Best of all, if she know I’m coming for a visit, she’ll whip up my favourite treat of fruit and jello! J
I can only hope to be just as tough and loving as her.
Who in your family inspires you?