Sunday, July 13, 2008

Happy Birthday GiGi!

I am lucky enough to have two living grandmothers.

Two grandmothers who have been a very active and important part of my life since the day I was born.

Two grandmothers who were there as I celebrated my Bat Mitzvah. As I graduated from high school and then college. As I became engaged, bought my first home, and got married.

And as I became a mom, blessing each of them with their first great-grandchild, the Mad Hatter.

How special that their first grandchild (and a granddaughter at that) give them the title of Great-Grandmother?

To them, yes very special.

To me, even more special.

The Mad Hatter has been an amazing source of love and pride to two great-grandmothers - Mimi (my dad's mom) and GiGi (mom's mom).

They are not just great-grandmothers. They are GREAT great-grandmothers.

And the love she has received could never be measured in words.

I feel so blessed and grateful to have two grandmothers, both in relatively good health and quite active for their ages.

If I did not tell you they were 85 and 83 respectively, you would never believe me, as they are both strong, beautiful, independent women who have taken good care of themselves and lived good lives.

They are a source of pride to me, and I can only hope to age with the same grace, beauty, and wisdom they have both displayed and provided.

To call MH lucky is an understatement.

Not everyone has great-grandparents.

Not everyone has grandparents. In fact, DH never even knew his.

It is very important to me that MH spend as much time with her great-grandmothers as possible. The older I get, the more glaringly apparent it becomes that there is nothing in life you can take for granted, and you need to make every moment count.

Our family is very close. We're not a huge family, but there is no lack of love, caring, or incredible closeness.

Together, we celebrate the good times and share the difficult ones, and I can only hope that our years together as an expanded family have only just really started.

GiGi lives in Florida from October through June, and although she returns to RI a couple of times a year, our visits are limited. With every visit, MH has changed and grown, and become more of a little girl than the baby we so clearly remember joining our family as though it were yesterday.

We look forward to the summertime, when we know we'll get to spend more time together.

GiGi came home last week, and as luck would have it, had a birthday this week. Of course, there is no better reason to get together for a celebratory dinner.

Happy Birthday GiGi! As MH would say (while putting her pretend finger "candle" to her lips to show you how to do it) "Blow out the candles and make a wish!"

Our wish for you is continued good health and many more birthdays celebrated together.

That, and my amazing gift of being able to color coordinate my child to anyone, without even knowing what that anyone (in this case YOU) will be wearing!

We love you!

6 Fabulous Replies:

Simply Shannon said...

Happy Birthday Gigi!
You are right Rachael, you are indeed extremely lucky to have 2 living Grandmothers. I hope that MH is fortunate enough to get to spend several more years of quality time getting to know the extraordinary women who preceded her in the amazing journey that is life.
One of the things that makes me so sad about living so far away from my family is that Ciara doesn't have nearly enough time to get to know my own Grandmother...who was more like a second mother to me growing up. Luckily, she has spent some time with her, and since we came back from our most recent trip she refers to her frequently. It warms my heart every single time she does.

Shannon said...

What a great story - how happy!!! Happy Birthday Gigi! :-)

debbie said...

Knowing the bond that I have with MH, I know how special it is to form that bond for MH with MiMi and GiGi. She truly is SO LUCKY to have 2 GREAT great grandmas who adore her in so many ways. Here's a toast to families and the special bonds that are made forever that make us so much of who we are and what we still can be.

Heather at A Boy, A Girl, & A Pug said...

Sweet, Sweet Post! MH is one lucky little lady!

Mamasphere said...

Gigi and MH dressed to match!

My great-grandma was one of the most important people in my life. She's no longer here on Earth, but her legacy lives on.

I wish we lived closer to family so that my daughter could have the same relationships, but my mom lives with us, and they have a pretty amazing connection.

MH is a lucky girl!

Wendi said...

You and Mad Hatter...two of the luckiest girls I know.

Happy Birthday GiGi!!!