Friday, July 08, 2005

Role Models

My Grandma is one of my role models.
She is such a special and incredible lady!! She has been the grandparent that I was always the closest to and now the only grandparent of mine who is living. She's 90 something and boy, is she going strong!!! She's always been crazy and fun and full of life! Even after a heart attack, hip surgery, and shoulder surgery - she just springs back into things. She loves to go to Las Vegas and have her poker parties. She does water aerobics a couple times a week. She is always redecorating her house and is one of the best interior decorators I have ever met!!! She's still driving and I remember once a few years ago when she was driving and annoyed at the driver in front of her for going too slow so she said, "Get those old people off the road!! They shouldn't be allowed to drive!" She's computer savvy with her flat screen fancy shmancy computer and we hope to hook her up with a web cam soon too! We used to make plans for when we win the lottery - where we would go and what we would do. I smile thinking of all of our crazy plans.
She has survived three husbands and by survived I mean divorced :) And numerous boyfriends. None of whom can keep up with her, might I add. She has a so-called boyfriend now who calls her all the time and wants to go out. She shrugs it off and says she keeps talking to him cuz she feels bad for him. :). Aww. But we know she loves the attention!
And she has survived the death of a younger brother, younger brother-in-law, and sister-in-law. And survived the death of a son, my dad. For a while, we wondered if it would break her. But it didn't. She got through it and I don't know how she did it. Losing a child is just wrong. It's not the way things are supposed to be. And as horrible and traumatic as the whole experience of losing my dad when I was 17 was, I can't imagine how she did it.
So that's Grandma. We've had our ups and our downs together - I lived with her after my dad died and we were both trying to deal with it in our own ways. And we did. She's gotten real close with my mom and step-dad since then and I can't tell you how happy that makes me. My step-dad even walked down the aisle at the wedding with my Grandma. That was nice.
I'm proud to be her granddaughter and have learned so much from her. I can only hope that she is proud of me too.

Who is your role model? And why?


2R said...

DM - that is really awesome.

Olah Chadasha said...

I'd have to say my grand-mother also, both of them. The why is too long to explain on a comment.