Since Tybee had the balls to talk about his bout with cancer, I thought I'd talk about someone who was really special to me: my grandmother. She recently died and I've been thinking back about some of the good times we had. For example, I remember being three or four and often visiting her for the day. We'd often go for walks to the local bank that wasn't too far away and stop at pharmacy where she'd buy me some Mike & Ike's or those things where you dip the sugar stick in powder. I'd also get to watch cable TV over there and fall fast asleep in front of it. When I'd wake up in a bed, I'd find my grandma watching "People's Court" or some other boring show.
Then when I was around eight, she moved in to a segment of our house she had made when we put a second story onto our house. This meant I'd make even more visits. I remember watching "keeping up Appearences" and "All in the Family" with her. I'd also sneak up on her and scream. Boy did she jump.
My parents got divorced, and with that my grandma when back to her roots of Minasota where she lived close by her sisters. Then she got too old and needed care which is why she ended up in a nursing home near my mother who always visited.
Throughout the years I also learned a lot about her before I was born. The coolest thing was that she was a Rosie the Rivet during WW2. Back when the memorial went up in D.C. she got to go because of it. Yup, my grandma was a great person who I owe a lot to.