adding sass to life



80 years

September 2, 2008

This past weekend Nate and I went to the good ol’ state of Ohio; both of my parents were born and raised there, had me there, and actually, all of my grandparents still live there.  We took the trek out for my grandma’s 80th birthday party.

In 1928, the year she was born, the average home price was $2100.00.  The median annual household income was $1200.  A loaf of bread was 10 cents and gas was 21 cents a gallon.  She talks about how her and my grandfather collected bottles and bottle caps to pay for gas for their Friday night dates.     

Even more amazing than those numbers is that my grandmother is still friends with ladies that she went to kindergarten with and several women that she went to high school with.  They don’t “just keep in touch”, they meet on a weekly basis to play cards and go to casinos.  They have been together through first loves, breakups, marriages, children, grandchildren and the loss of each of their husbands, cancer, and now the beginning stages of dementia.  These wonderful women were all there to celebrate with my gram this weekend.  It was truly beautiful. 

My grandma still lives in the home that the love of her life built for her over 50 years ago and the home is adorned with pictures of him, my father’s father, my grandfather, Robert “Bobby” Brown. 

She is the kind of person that will make friends with strangers on airplanes and come home with stories of how that person sitting next to her had a neighbor whose teacher’s dad’s sister in law went to school with my aunt’s father in law or something even more complex than that.  

She knows so many people and deeply loves and cares for them all. 

She raised my father well. 

She plays Rummy and UNO like a mad woman.

My gram tears up when she sees her children and grandchildren, yet fills her home with smiles and laughter. 

She has impacted my life and left a permanent mark on my heart. 

Happy Birthday, Gram.  I love you.

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  1. * Mom says:

    She is a great lady and I’m proud to know her.

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 10 months ago
  2. * Spiderman says:

    Those friends your grandma has I hope to have friends like that in our life that stand by us unitl the end. I love you.

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 10 months ago


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