She was the funniest woman I knew and had a laugh that was contagious. And when she found something really funny, she would close her eyes tightly, double over, and gasp for air. In a recent trip home, my mom came into my room to show me a picture from high school that she found. She started telling me a story, but I’m not sure I ever got the whole story because she was laughing that same way– just like grandma. I Soon we were both rolling on the ground laughing, gasping for air and I still don’t even know what the funny story was. I see a lot of my grandma in my mom; I think it’s where we all got our silly sense of humor– my mom, Kelly, and me.
I called her Grammy Bear– did ever since I was little. She would visit us when we lived in California and so many of my childhood memories surround times grandma was visiting. Of course I don’t remember the actual moment, I just heard the stories so many times from my grandma that they’re ingrained in my mind. I’ll never “forget” the Earthquake of ’89 when grandma thought the earthquake was actually a semi driving by. Or the day I was born when she had to pay Kelly to go to the bathroom. Or the night I was hopping across the kitchen floor and stood straight up. She was a storyteller– and she loved telling the same stories. But it didn’t matter because they were still so funny, even for the 208th time! All of her children and grandchildren had a story– the story she told every time she saw you or introduced you to someone. She loved to talk about her grandchildren and later her great-grandchildren.
at 4:30 PM made all the best treats too. She always had Schwann’s ice cream cups in her freezer or coffee cake fresh out of the oven. Oh and don’t even get me started on her scotcheroos! Grandma loved to bake and loved to snack! That must be where I get it. And I’ll never look at an Eggo Waffle box again without thinking of her. She had one almost every morning, especially when she was later living with us. As she became less mobile, Kelly and I would make her breakfast and lunch when my mom was at work. She would always try and sneak things she wasn’t supposed to have 🙂 Kel and I had too hard of a time telling her she wasn’t supposed to have something. “Why don’t you get me a few tater chips,” she would say. Grandma got what she wanted!
One of the last moments I had with my grandma was one I will always cherish, even though it was silly and goofy– but would you expect anything less? She had been much more quiet than usual and I was having a difficult time connecting with her like I always had. Maybe it was because I didn’t know what to say. Kelly and I visited her in her room with my mom. While my mom took a phone call, Kelly and I tried to engage grandma in conversation. We had brought her a newspaper and asked her if she had heard about the new “Skyfari” attraction at the Henry Doorly Zoo. All the sudden we hear grandma beginning to giggle. That giggle turned into that same laugh we always knew. Kelly and I just lost it and started cracking up right alongside her– even though we had NO idea why she was laughing. I don’t remember how it was she figured out we said “Skyfari” but it then came out that she thought we asked her if she had seen in the newspaper about “this guy farting” and that’s why she was laughing so hard. All three of us started back in. Leave it to grandma!
It makes me smile just typing about all the wonderful memories I got to have with her. Happy Birthday, Grammy Bear. I miss you so much, but will always cherish the moments we got to spend together.