Sharing Thanks for remembering Grandma's Joys
|Grandma with Becky and Liz in New Hope|
One kindness I will always be thankful for was when she noticed my daughter Liz was not hearing. She came with me to the North Shore University Hearing center, the day I found out Liz was deaf. She had heard of cochlear implants and told me to ask her ENT doctor about them. I had never heard of a cochlear implant and my view of deafness was based on seeing, "Children from a Lesser God." She wrote to NYU, to find out about their cochlear implant program. She took a year of ASL at the Helen Keller center. ASL did not come easy to her with her arthritic hands. She supported us on our decision to get Liz a cochlear implant, and even sat in on sessions with Liz's first Speech Therapist Linda Hirsch.
Grandma was generous with her time and babysat my daughters 2 or 3 days a week for several years when I worked full time when the kids were younger. I ended up leaving work to help manage my younger daughter's therapy six months after learning she was deaf. Grandma loved giving my husband and I a date night out and enjoyed letting the kids sleep over. She also enjoyed visits from family members pets. She did enjoy the dogs more than the cats. I believe she even watched over a guinea pig while we were away.
It is fitting to celebrate someone's life by listing what brought them joy! To any family or friends reading this post I invite you to add to Grandma's joy list. Here are some of grandma's joys.
- Spending time with her family.
- Having political discussions. Be prepared to debate your point of view.
- Eating hardshell crabs from Baltimore with lots of Old Bay Spice
- Watching sports on TV. Go Yankees! She was also known to root for Boston College, Pitt, Duke, Boston University and Haverford.
- Baking Barbie Birthday cakes.
- Going to an Irish Pub and listening to folk tunes. She loved watching the step dancers!
- Having picnics at Jones Beach with her family after the sun went down.
- Going to Sunday Mass.
- She said she loved ice skating growing up. I never actually saw her ice skate as I met her later in life.
- Working at Johns Hopkins
- Loved her High School and College.
- Trips to Ocean City Maryland with her friends.
- Cruising on the QE2 across the Atlantic with Papa, and a tour of Ireland
- Celebrating 50 years of marriage by vacationing with the entire extended family at Skytop
- The color Blue! She loved wearing blue outfits that she often had made.
- Listening to music at Eisenhower Park with a zorn's picnic.
- Tinsel on the Chirstmas tree.
- Hosting family celebrations: Birthdays, Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving.
- Eating out on the back porch. She loved making ambrosia and german potato salad. My fav!
- Getting a bouquet of daisies!
- Tabasco sauce, grandma liked it hot!
- A good bloody Mary, or a martini
- Dinner with candle light
- Cooking with pressure cookers.
- Getting hugs and kisses from her grandchildren.
- Going to grandparents day at her grandchildren's elementary schools
- Doing crossword puzzles and reading newspapers.
- Staying up late on election night to watch the results.
- The annual pilgrimage to Baltimore to stay with Aunt Mary