Thursday, October 27, 2011

Nanny's birthday celebration

We celebrated Nanny's 84th birthday in August.  Although she is in the nursing home now, that will never be my memory of her.  She has taught me many things...several  of which vividly stand out to me.... spend  quality time with my husband (her grandson), life is too short not to do things you love (enjoy life), don't sweat the small stuff, and God is good.  I loved to hear her talk about Grandaddy and how much they enjoyed each other's company, loved to see her so active, always with friends, but then again always planning a family get together.   I will never forget when Memphis went to the Final Four and Rob and I were contemplating about going, I was at her house and she convinced me we needed to go.  She talked about her memories of the Final Four and that it is a once in a lifetime thing.  She gave us a little money and was so thrilled to be able to do so and see us go.  She was right, that experience is definitely something I will never forget, as I will also never forget all the great times with her.   I am so blessed that she lets me call her "Nanny" and treats me as her granddaughter. Her mind may be fading fast, but I hold tight to the fact that I have been able to be blessed by her presence for the last 17 years.
nanny and her grandbabies (minus miki and Bryan who couldn't travel to be with us that day)

Her "Anna Carol"

I have worked with a lot of dementia patients, but the way her personality goes back to "herself" when she sees these three is nearly miraculous to me.  She speaks more to Kate than I ever hear her talk.  

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