Saturday, September 6, 2008

Grandma's 97th Birthday

Grandma Willett turned 97 on Thursday. I always knew she was feisty enough to live a very long life, but she still amazes me every day. I cannot count the number of times she was in the hospital terribly ill and we thought she was nearing the end of her life. Every single time, she has made an amazing comeback. She has such strength and courage and is a fighter in the best possible way. She can still laugh, even in the midst of terrible pain and she has such a zest for life that few people who are not living in chronic pain have. She inspires me to be a better person and to look at life through rose-colored glasses. By the way, rose-colored glasses have gotten a bad rap, I think there is something to be said for seeing life positively, for seeing the best in the people that you love, for having hope for tomorrow and appreciating all of the joys in life. My Grandma is one of the most amazing people in the world and I am so grateful for every moment we share together.

Jay had to work today, but Kendall and I drove out to Ventura to meet my Dad and Valerie and we hopped in the car with them and drove out to Uncle Ken & Aunt Xenia's to spend the day with Grandma. We took her to Mimi's Cafe for lunch and then back to the house to open presents and visit. We laughed and hugged and kissed (a lot!) and celebrated her wonderful life.

All of us at Mimi's Cafe

She makes me look like a giant!

The card I made for her

Just in case you're curious (I know I was), here is some information about the year Grandma was born.

President: William H. Taft

Vice President: James S. Sherman

Population: 93,863,000

Federal spending: $0.69 billion

Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.02

The first feature film is released when the two reels of D.W. Griffith's Enoch Arden are screened together.

American geneticist Thomas Morgan shows that inherited factors are represented by genes placed at specific sites along a chromosome.


  1. She looks likesuch a sweetie. I m so glad you have this time with her. I know you don't need me to tell you what a blessing that is... :)

  2. No, I sure don't. In fact, I hesitated in putting up that post because I didn't want to make you sad. But because of you at the same time I felt I had to post it because her life is worth celebrating and I don't want to forget that for one moment because she will not be with us here on earth forever.



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