Grandma has been gone for 21 years and to this day, I head to the phone to call and tell her about something that has happened. I stop short of the phone and remember. I miss her every day of my life.
When my birthday comes around, it's her card I long to find in the mailbox. Always appreciative of the other cards I receive, quite frankly, non compare. Please don't get me wrong...it's just that my Grandma was just that special to me and continues to be so to this day.
She was blessed with 7 children and many grandchildren. If my memory serves me correctly, at her death, she had 26 grandchildren. There were several added and now, the greats and great-greats have been added. She would have loved that!
I mention this because, at this time of year...Christmas, she never once left anyone out of a gift. AND, to this day, although I'm appreciative of the gifts I receive, and the givers, non means as much to me as hers did. It's her gift that I miss receiving to this day.
Now, her gifts were not over-the-top, expensive or one-of-a-kind gems. No, hers were simple, everyday useful things. Maybe a pair of gloves, socks, underpants. Actually, now that I think about it, I don't really recall what we did get. So, you see, the gifts were not the kind worthy of antiquity. No, hers were symbolic of the joy of giving and making sure everyone had "something" to open...her never ending way of making sure we were all included and accepted. LOVED!
A few times, I know others had to pinch hit for her. I got to step in a couple of times myself. It was pure joy to get to do this! Socks for the boys...I remember socks for the boys. For some reason, this is what I remember. And, everything was wrapped as well.
One of the traditions that she had was each of the grandkids (at least us older ones) got a pair of red flannel pajamas or nightgown on our 2nd Christmas. She made them herself. This was one tradition I wanted to incorporate into my gift giving, but, I've fallen from "Grace" on that one. AND, I only have one grandchild. Mind you, she had several
grandchildren... boom, boom, boom. A very prolific family.
She was a special lady to many. Family first, neighbors and friends. We were loved and accepted...no holds barred. Her love was unconditional and you most definately felt loved and wanted. I can only hope to be half of the grandmother she was to me.