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03 May 2015 @ 11:02 pm
She Runs Us Still.  
So today - May 3, 2015 - is my Grandma's 90th birthday. She is the last of my grandparents still with us and, up until her heart surgery about a month ago, has still been kicking ass and taking names on a fairly regular basis. She's taken a downward turn lately, but she is still living at the farm, on her own, mostly - with some help from her neighboring son - and she says she is staying there until her last day. I don't doubt it. Grandma was an adventurous, rebellious young lady - getting married the week after she turned 18, to my grandpa, a Navy man seven years her senior, and then carting my uncle at like 3 months of age, across the entire country, just her and her girlfriend, to catch up with their men on the ship. She raised three boys - and my grandpa, let's be honest about that, she was still raising him up to his last day - and though Grandpa ran the farm, it would never have run without her. She worked over 30 years at Kmart and Grandpa got her a CB Radio for her night drives home from work and she would chat with the truckers to 'help keep them awake on the road'. The truckers were all sad when she retired and gave up the CB. Grandma is most certainly where I get my filthy sense of humor from and she used to tell me to 'keep an eye out for a good looking doctor for me!', when I was as young as four. I would too, telling all the cute doctors my grandma wanted to meet them!

I want to write up a whole post about her birthday party and the nostalgia of the farm, but later, after my houseguests have left. So, for today, just a little celebration for a great woman that I love, my grandma. Keep kicking our asses, Grandma! I love you!
 
 
 
Shireboundshirebound on May 4th, 2015 03:08 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday, Grandma!

I hope you're lucky enough to have her around (in decent health) for many more years. My father's mother lived to be 102-1/2, and I hope I have those genes.
dodger_sister: hugdodger_sister on June 10th, 2015 02:51 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday, Grandma! I hope you're lucky enough to have her around (in decent health) for many more years. My father's mother lived to be 102-1/2, and I hope I have those genes.

I want her to have quality of life, not quantity and I know right now she is depressed about the downturn she has taken since the surgery, but she is still in freaking amazing shape for a woman of 90! But I get my stubbornness from her as well and like me, she won't accept any less than her best! I wish she would get a senior apartment here in town instead of way out at The Farm, but all in, I think she has another few years of good times. With the family's help she can still go to Little League games and family BBQs and whatnot.

My maternal grandma lived to be 97 and of her four sisters they lived to be 102, 101, 98 and 96. They were all sick for 20+ years of their lives and yet still running their families with iron fists. Despite my own mom's poor health, I think she'll hang in there another 20 years still - it's in her genes! My sister says she herself plans to live to be 100, lol.
lindahoylandlindahoyland on May 4th, 2015 03:29 am (UTC)
Your Grandma sounds amazing.
dodger_sister: hugdodger_sister on June 10th, 2015 02:55 am (UTC)
Your Grandma sounds amazing.

She really is! She has been running this family since she could walk, taking care of her own sick mother and her siblings, working and going to high school, marrying my grandpa and running off with him more or less, lol, and then running a general store while raising the boys and then raising them on The Farm and just, everything, my whole life, always there for us when we needed her. She doesn't like it when we try to tell her 'thank you' for things, so I don't think she'll ever know how much she has done for us, but man, our family wood be a mess without her!
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on May 4th, 2015 07:28 am (UTC)
You have a family of the most amazing characters!
dodger_sister: hugdodger_sister on June 10th, 2015 02:56 am (UTC)
You have a family of the most amazing characters!

Lol, thank you! I always wished my grandparents had written a book about their experiences and life. I think it would have been a best seller!

Sometimes I wish someone had made a sitcom about my family as well, I think it would have been a long running winner for CBS! LOL

Edited at 2015-06-10 02:59 am (UTC)
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on May 4th, 2015 11:19 am (UTC)
Go Grandma! You're so lucky still to have her!
dodger_sister: hugdodger_sister on June 10th, 2015 02:59 am (UTC)
Go Grandma! You're so lucky still to have her

Oh yes. I was always really close with all of my grandparents and Grandma At The Farm is the last one I have left. So I make an effort not to let time slip by without a call or visit. She has the most amazing stories to tell and I marvel at her life! She is one of the people I genuinely admire in this world. (Ofc you can't tell her that, as she poo-poos you if you say so!)
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on June 10th, 2015 04:52 am (UTC)
Of course she poo poos it - she can't see herself as you see her!