“Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.” Alex Haley
Here’s the thing, my grandmother sprinkled stardust over my life for every single moment she was in it. Her favorite response to me saying “I love you” was her saying “I know”. Because she truly did and I have always known and will always know how deeply she cared for me. I never doubted that bond for one second in my entire life — how many wonderful people can most say that about? She’s the one who always went the extra mile to put up a banner for my birthday. Rain, hospital visits, or dreadful heat never stopped her from creating that for me and putting it up in secret to surprise me. I always knew that I could pick up the phone and call her whether it had been an hour or a month, and be greeted with a joyful “hi”.
My grandma was a magnificent woman who conquered every challenge that came her way with tact and grace and brilliance. She lived life freely and boldly until her final day. I only hope that I can aspire to be such a beautiful role model as she was — caring for her five children, doting after her five grandchildren, and adoring her three great grandchildren. For each and every one of us, she was a shining example of being fiercely independent, loyal, and strong in a multitude of ways. She exhibited true wit making the funniest of jokes or hysterical insults at times. She saw me and she loved me, but not just me, she saw all of us for who we are. Writing in the past tense feels overwhelming, especially because her vibrance and legacy will live on for years to come.
I’ve never felt luckier than to have the chance to know you, Grandma. I hope that you are dancing somewhere with Uncle Jack and celebrating your birthday together. I love you (I know you know already)!