Sunday, April 14, 2013

90th Birthday Tribute

Today, my grandmother turns 90 years old young. "R" and I are in NY celebrating this milestone with my entire family, and she'll be surrounded by friends and good food all day long. I think that there is no better way to celebrate such a huge moment in all of our lives.

For twenty-two years now, my dad's mother has been the only grandparent in my life. She never lived further than 50 minutes away when I was growing up, and every summer was spent moving up to our family cottage that is right next door to her house.

"Granny" has been my biggest fan, trustworthy confidant, and source of many special memories over the years. Since I was able to speak, our "talks" have always been treasured by both of us, and hours were spent discussing nothing and everything.
She has taught me about unconditional love and support for your family, to have a passion for living each and every day in the moment and to not think too much about the past, and to enjoy the simple things in life. Like being outdoors on a gorgeous day taking care of your lawn and flowers (yes, a real Christmas present pictured below for an 89 year-old this year)...
...and the pleasure of a cold cocktail.
I admire my grandmother so much. She's seen more in her lifetime than we ever will. I bet she never thought things like emailing her granddaughter three states away, or reading this blog to keep up with my life, were even possible. She's traveled the world, went to college (a huge deal back then), married the love of her life, doted on our family, and is still always willing to try almost anything once. Although, both of us prefer to keep our feet firmly planted on the ground.

She took me on one of my first big trips, loves to play games, cooks the best macaroni and cheese that I've ever had, shares my passion for reading, walks every single day, enjoys getting dressed up and putting on her jewelry and heels, and...still gives in whenever I pout my bottom lip.

This weekend, we celebrate her 90th birthday, and I couldn't be prouder to be her granddaughter! I love you, Granny. I hope that you know how important you are to me, and how special celebrating this birthday is to all of us. Happy Birthday!!!!!! Cheers to many, many, many more.

Love,
Katrina

6 comments:

Call Me Su said...

I'm a first time reader to this blog and this post literally left me teary eyed! From what you have described, your grandma is a phenomenal woman. The kind of woman I hope my grand kids will write about one day! I wish her, you, and your family all the best !

-Su

RicksterVC said...

Stumbled onto your blog (I always hit the "next blog" button when I'm looking at my blog and try to respond to whatever is there), and believe it is quite the accomplishment to be an active 90. Congratulations and Happy Birthday to your grandmother-and to you for helping her, and good luck on your blogging adventures.

Jen @ Why CLE? said...

So sweet! Happy birthday to your grandma! Treasure every moment with her.

Bite Buff said...

Thank you for the comments, everyone! It was a wonderful day for all of us.

Beth @ CraveableCleveland said...

Happy bday to your Grandma! What a beautiful post :). Family is the very best, I love seeing that celebrated!

jan said...

Visiting your family almost every summer brought your Grandma into my life so of course I love reading your post. How lucky I am to know her (and all of you!) I cannot picture her without a big smile and an eagerness to dive into whatever life offers, whatever fun is brewing. I hope I can be 90 years young just like her someday. She's a class act!