What's the best thing about my mom? Her mom! My grandmother. And my mom would probably agree.
She is the rock in our family and has been for generations. She's been married to the same man for 72 years come September.
She has three surviving children, seven grandchildren and15 great-grandchildren -- this doesn't include the step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren that she doesn't treat any differently.
My grandmother remembers everyone's birthday and anniversary and sends a card -- she may even call you and wish you a great day. She will be the first to ask how you are doing.
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She treats everyone with respect and dignity. She will tell you her honest opinion if you ask her. She treats grandpa like a king. He loves and respects her. Don't get in her way when she's going somewhere.
She likes the simple things in life; cereal and coffee for breakfast, soup for lunch and simple dinners. Eating out is for special occasions.
Every once in awhile, my cellphone will ring and it will say "grandma's cell." Yes, she keeps up with technology. However, grandma doesn't like to delete her voicemails. That "wouldn't be very nice," apparently.
My grandparents attend church every Sunday and my grandmother makes a quilt for every baby born to new mothers in the congregation. To her, this represents the next generation and they should be welcomed into the world safe and warm.
Now don't get me wrong; she's not perfect. She's a horrible driver -- always has been. No, I mean really bad, like "how-long-has-it-been-since-Grandma-totaled-thecar?" bad.
And she removes any smoke detectors installed in the kitchen.
I have many great memories growing up with my grandmother -- way too many to list here and I could go on and on. I'm so very honored to have her in my life for more than 45 years, and my kids' lives for as long as they have.
Yes, the best thing about my mom is I've had the privilege of her mom in my life. Thanks, Mom!
-- Terri Granados, Pasco