This week I want to reflect on my Grandma. She passed away two years ago and was such a huge part of my life.
I am thankful for...
- Mornings at my grandparents house that were filled with pancakes in any shape I wanted and lots of bacon.
- Her blatant attempts to make me a domestic goddess. Playing often included pretending to do laundry (she would make a clothes line for me by tying string to chairs), pretending to iron and pretending to cook in my play kitchen.
- Days when we would bake. I have the best memories making kolacky with her. I would use a baby spoon and put the filling on the dough and she would pinch them shut. She also gave me the scraps to roll out. I remember how easy she made it look and how not easy it actually is. One Christmas I threw the dough at the wall. I often wonder if she did the same thing when she was first making them.
- The mornings she would give me coffee in a little juice glass with ice cubes so it wouldn't be too hot.
- Playing cards with me. We always played go fish, old maid and solitaire.
- The letters we would write each other when I was away at school.
- Her attempts at teaching me to sew, crochet and cross stitch. None of them stuck.
- Her always filled candy dishes.
- A gift that she gave me that I will cherish more than she could ever know. She gave me the cross my grandfather gave to her for their wedding. I wore it on my wedding day and hopefully one day Jillian will wear it on hers.
- The times she would give up her cream of broccoli soup at Venice Restaurant and eat my chicken noodle soup instead.
- Giving me the love of the extra crispy pieces from Long John Silvers.
- Marrying my Grandpa Ruhling and giving all of us the chance to have a grandfather in our lives (both of my parents dads died before the majority of us were born).
I miss her every day and try to remember the good times as much as possible. In her later years Alzheimer's set in and made the once fun-loving Grandma I always knew a completely different person. I hope she is living it up with my grandfathers and smiling down on us.