Nan’s Birthday

Today Nan would have turned 98. I made GF strawberry shortcake cupcakes in her honour, as it was her birthday tradition.

Nan’s memory is a blessing; she taught me how to be me and I am grateful for that. I am grateful that we loved each other unconditionally and she accepted me for who I am. I know she would be proud of the person I am today.

Here’s a flashback from her birthday 10 years ago, when she turned 88. This was a post from Blogger’s blog.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Today was nan’s birthday. Mom was away, so we’ll be celebrating more on Saturday. However, I did get some photos of the floral cake her nephew sent her.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Happy belated birthday, Nan! What a lovely celebration tonight!

And here’s the entry from her last birthday with us, from 2012, her 89th birthday.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Nan turned 89 yesterday. We took her to Legal Seafood to celebrate her birthday.

It’s a shame I didn’t write more back then, but it was the end of a busy semester.

Aunt Kathy and Uncle Dave joined us. They had just returned from Italy and bought an intricate crocheted pictured of Venice for her birthday. Nan always wanted to visit Italy and see some of her family, but didn’t get a chance to. Aunt Kathy and Uncle Dave’s kindness surprised Nan. She was overjoyed. Nan was overjoyed we were all with her to celebrate her 89th birthday.

I love you and miss you. I know you are guarding me and holding a piece of gluten-free strawberry shortcake for me. I bet Miss Mimi, Olivia, and our Woos, and Squig are sitting right beside you as well. You’re also partying with Great Grandma, whose 111st birthday was yesterday.

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One thought on “Nan’s Birthday”

  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    I am verklempt, dear friend, feeling your sadness as your remember your beloved Nan, a great influence in your life, someone who allowed you to be yourself and who loved you unconditionally. Happy 98th birthday in heaven to her. This is the stage of the game when it becomes hard for you to fathom “astronomical” numbers like 98, 100 and your great grandma’s 111th b-day. Numbers like those boggle the mind as the years roll by. It was a fitting gesture to honor Nan’s memory by indulging in GF strawberry shortcake cupcakes. I enjoyed the flashback pictures and accounts of Nan’s final two b-day celebrations. It was heartwarming to read about Aunt Kathy and Uncle Dave’s kindness toward Nan. She looked happy and fit as a fiddle in those pictures. I am very sorry you didn’t have her longer, but surely her spirit remains with you every minute of every day

    This was a wonderful tribute to Nan, one of the V.I.P.’s of your life, dear friend JM. I’m sure she appreciates these kind words and pictures. See you again soon.


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