Today is the birthday of someone very special in my life: my grandmother. I call her Honey Gran. The name came about as I called her "Honey" as a child while mimicking my mother as my dad would walk in the door from work saying... "Hi, Honey! How was your day?" The "Gran" later followed for "grandmother."
Honey passed away on September 12, 2009 but I can still honestly say I think about her every day. She was such an influential person in my life. In fact, she is "my person." The one I went to when sad, happy, hurt, confused, angry, sick, silly, or anxious. She was not just a grandmother to me. Rather, a best friend - She was my fortress in chaos, my nurse when I was sick, my buddy to watch any and every movie with (especially Dirty Dancing - her favorite ha) on a Friday night, and my personal chef on Saturday mornings. (Usually bringing me an English muffin, an egg over easy, a glass of orange juice, and fruit - had to be well-balanced, of course.)
Honey Gran always had the best and most exciting long, make-up drawer full of different shades of lipstick and blush. As a child, I would play in it for hours until I finally left the bathroom to show her what I did to myself. I would close the drawer only to hear her gasp and say "well where on Earth do you think you're going like that, Miss Caroline?" (fighting back laughter). For some reason it was so fun to surprise her.
She played such a huge part of my life because she was always there in my times of trouble. She gave unbiased advice when I asked and other times, she just listened to me. [Sometimes listening can do more aid than any advice out there.] Honey Gran cared about me. She tickled my back when I cried and always let me know it would be okay (and she was right!) We had a truly unique relationship. I am so grateful that she was born on this day!
The unsurpassed role she played in my life will never be forgotten. Although I miss her everyday, the memories and silly times we had together make me thankful that I was so lucky to even know her. She was the greatest! I miss you so much, Honey Gran - I hope that today you are having a beautiful birthday celebration in Heaven!
March 9, 1935 - September 12, 2009