It’s a return of All About Smee!! If your not familiar this is where I attempt to make this blog personal by letting you “the reader” know some things about me that you could probably care less about. So I said I was going to go to 100. Yes, 100 useless facts about me, I believe I ended last on 65? I dropped this idea for a while; I think the last one was in November? Not sure.
So if you don’t know me personally you may not know that my Grandma Rose past away this last December. She was wonderful, hardworking and she taught me a lot. She lived with my family until I was 16 and then she went to live with my Aunt. I consider her to be a huge influence on the person I have become today and I wanted to share with you why. I’m going to try to keep this as un-chicken soup as possible but when you are talking about some one that you love dearly the mush is probably inevitable. So the following is a list of things I learned from her during the time I was given to spend with her.
66. She taught me to read at the age of four. I don’t know if reading by four is considered unusual but the skill has certainly paid off over the years. From as far as I can remember back my Grandma regaled me with made up stories of Mickey and Minnie mouse, she read to me constantly and the habit kept. While I don’t read as much as I like to I always immensely enjoy sitting down, picking up a book and not putting it down for the next 8 hours or so. I think that’s why I don’t read as much as I used to; it’s because I can’t stop once I start and books are longer now than they were when I was 10.
67. Going along with the above, she taught me that steamy romance novels do serve their place in the world.
68. She taught me that it is not ok to serve corn on the cob (and only corn on the cob) for dinner and that it’s better to laugh then to cry.
69. She taught me that even a person who grew up in a different time than I did could still find a way to be accepting and polite to people she may find different.
70. She showed me the strength and perseverance that people have within them. My Grandmother was diagnosed with MS in her 30’s. She still maintained a full time job, ensured that her 4 kids beds were made and dinner was on the table. Whenever I think I’m having a difficult time keeping my family together I think about the things that she went through in her life and it puts things in perspective.
71. She introduced me to card games. She taught me how to play poker when I was 7 and she taught me how to play/cheat and lose (sort of) gracefully at cribbage.
72. She made music a part of my life from the very beginning. She indulged my undying love of Michael Jackson making me tapes off her neighbor’s record album over and over again because I kept burning them out. She indulged my silly made-up dance numbers always attentive to my need for an audience.
73. She taught me faith and religion. My Grandmother was a devout Catholic. Even though the religion part really never stuck with me. The theories involved in religious practices weighed heavy in shaping my moral character and the way I interact with the world on a daily basis. In other words; I know right from wrong and it’s kept me out of prison so far.
74. I learned it’s ok to cuss as long as you mutter something un-intelligible first “Fanavalashit!”
75. I saved the sappiest one for last. My Grandmother taught me about unconditional and undying love. I was not a very nice person when I was going through my teenage years and I’ve said some things that I will always regret. But she never gave up on me, she was always there when I needed her and she still called me (along with my sister and cousins) her favorite. My Grandmother also lost her husband when I was 6. My Grandpa was the love of her life and she kept his memory with her always.
My Grandmother taught me many things, certainly too many to list here. But I hope to always pay tribute to her memory and remember her as the strong, tuff, funny, wild, smart woman that I knew. I will always remember the things she taught me and I will always keep her in mind when my life isn’t turning out the way I thought it would.
One last thing: Drive Gypsy!!!