My sweet, loving, grandmother passed away yesterday morning. She was a true fighter to the end. I am grateful for all the years that I had with her, and was so happy to be able to share her with my husband and children. We loved her so much.
This weekend will be very rough, but I just have to remember that she is in a happier place and is now with her daughter, her brothers, her parents, other family members, and friends. I look forward to the day we meet again.
When Nicholas was born, I interviewed all of the family members to make a keepsake album for Nicholas. Well, unfortunately, that album was never put together, but I still have all the answers to the questions I asked everyone ... one person, being my grandmother.
For those of you out there who never thought to do this ... take some time to interview those you love. You will forever treasure what their past was like, what their present is, and what they want their future to be like.
Some of the questions that I asked my grandmother ...
- Were you named after someone? No
- When and where were you born? 1921 in East Newark, NJ
- Tell me how you are like your mother/father? No gray hair like her father, and crocheted like her mother. She had her mother's nose.
- Was there a chore you really hated as a child? Washing dishes
- What were your favorite childhood games? - Double-dutch jumprope
- What were your favorite/least favorite subjects in school? Fav - Drawing; Least Fav - History
- What school activities did you participate in? Dancing and was in a few plays
- How did you spend your summers during grade school? Took vacations to the farm
- What were the fads during your youth that you remember vividly? Funny hats - one looked like a funnel
- Name a friend that you have known for the longest period of time - how many years? Louise, 83 years
- How did you meet the person that you would later marry? It was a blind date that a girlfriend set up
- When and where did you get married? February 1947 in Arlington, NJ
- Where did you go on your honeymoon? Niagara Falls
- What's been your greatest accomplishment so far? Living for 83 years (that is when the interview happened) ... and still alive and kicking (quoting my grandmother)
- How did you find out that you were going to be a parent for the first time? Went to the doctor's because she thought she had the flu ... but was pregnant.
- What was your first job? Clarks Thread Mill
- Who was the person that had the most influence on you? Uncle Joe (her father's brother)
- How tall are you? 5 x 7
- What color are your eyes? Hazel
- How would you describe your sense of humor? Funny
- If you could change something about yourself, what would it be? To be thinner
- What are your hobbies? Crocheting, gardening
- What pets have you had? Two dogs and one cat
- What is your favorite style of music? Oldies
- What is your favorite instrument? Piano
- Who is your favorite singer? Engelbert Humperdinck
- What is your favorite TV show? All game shows (especially Wheel of Fortune)
- What is your favorite season? Fall
- What is your favorite flower? Orchid
- What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
- What is your favorite color? Aqua
- What is your favorite sport? Ice Skating
- What is your favorite fruit? Blueberries
- What is your favorite vegetable? Corn
- What is your favorite drink? Alexandra's
- What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Chocolate
- What are you frightened of? Mice, rats
- Do you like rainstorms? No
- One word on how to live successfully? Rich
So, there you have it, a little peak into what my gram was all about. I sure do miss her so much already.