Today is my grandmother’s 98th birthday. You would never it know by looking at her though. It is my hope that I have inherited her youthful genes!! Considering her age, she is doing quite well! Earlier in the year, I wrote about her starting to slow down a bit. Perhaps it had something to do with the weather we had been having, because this summer she has really been a lot more like her old self. A few weeks ago she had us over for a visit after family dinner. Something she has always loved but hasn’t been up to recently. She has been going to her weekly hair and nail appointments. The cold Spring and miserable Winter we had, kept her housebound for awhile. It is good to see her out and doing more. She laughs at some of her weaknesses and knows she has trouble hearing us all of the time. She hates her hearing aids but needs to wear them. She doesn’t like her walker and she calls it her “damn walker”. That is probably the only curse word I have heard her say! I know that she is feeling old and some days she can get cranky but her great-grand-kids help her to stay young! She has three sons, ten grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and one on the way. She is the matriarch of our family and we don’t let her forget it.
She was born in Italy and spent her childhood in New York. She raised her boys in Maplewood, New Jersey and moved to Short Hills a one town away, over 50 years ago. She is still living in that same house with her caretaker it is where she hopes to spend the rest of her years!
Tonight her East Coast family will get together and celebrate her. We are hoping that during the Christmas holidays, we can get our West Coast family all here to celebrate as well. She certainly deserves it!