17 October 2012

Young at Heart




This week's theme for 'The Gallery' is 'Old'. Tapping it in as the title for this post, felt so wrong - I just couldn't bring myself to do it! Despite knowing immediately which photo I wanted to share with you, I was acutely aware that this wonderful lady is by no means 'old'.  Let me introduce you to my Grandmother, who will be celebrating her 90th Birthday next week. Here she is at my cousin's wedding, cradling her newest Great Grandchild, who was only 3 weeks old at the time.  I love the way this photo depicts 'old' so beautifully - with almost 90 years between the two subjects (not so keen on the 'emergency exit' sign in the background but please ignore that if possible!)

Before we go any further (or I dig myself a deeper hole!), let me explain something to you.  Although in chronological years, my Grandmother would be classed as 'old', in her heart, she is one of the youngest people I know.  And here's why:

1) Those beautiful nails you see in the picture?  They are the real deal and have been expertly painted by herself.  Ever since I have known my Granny, she has been painting her nails.

2) Some of the best parenting advice I have ever received, has been from this lady.  She too had 3 children with a similar age gap to mine and she remembers the pitfalls and joys, as though it were only yesterday.  The fact that she went on to have a fourth child, 15 years later, is where our similarity ends!

3) For her birthday last year, my Grandad surprised her with an ipad.  She loves it and has embraced the new technological age with gusto.  

4) She uses this ipad to do her weekly food shopping on-line, enabling them to remain independent.

5) She is an avid follower of my blog, reads it daily and has been known to comment under a pseudonym, which I shan't give away!

6)  Nothing annoys her more than when people try to treat her like a doddery old lady.....she is so not one of those!

7)  She will be hosting and catering for 20 people at her own 90th birthday next week - she loves a good party does my Granny :)

8)  And just to round it off (I hope she won't be cross with me for this!), for the last 12 months she has been going through the cosmetic process of having her teeth whitened.  Who says we are to stop caring about our appearance when we reach a certain age?
 
I am so proud to be able to call this remarkable lady, my Granny. I only hope that a certain amount of her tenacity, faithfulness and kind nature, has rubbed off on me. 

Happy 90th Birthday Granny!

I am linking this post up with Tara Cain's 'The Gallery'. Please click on the image below, to view other entries for this week's theme.

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29 comments:

  1. Inspirational! Fabulous post! ARGH! I can't tell you how lovely it is - words don't do it justice. xx

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  2. This is SO lovely! I hope to be like her one day too :) She reminds me of my grandma who was also so independent and would have never classed herself as old!
    Lovely, lovely post x

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  3. Ah thanks ladies :) I really enjoyed writing it, she so deserves some recognition!

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  4. Now that is exactly how I'd like to be when I reach my 90's. She sounds an amazing woman. Lucky you.x

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    1. She really is! Thank you for commenting x

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  5. She sounds like a fabulous lady, Happy Birthday Granny! :)

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    1. Ah, I'm hoping that she will read all of these birthday wishes! Thank you :)

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  6. Tagged you Hun http://clarelouallen.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/getting-to-know-you-meme.html

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    1. Thanks Clare! Unfortunately I have already done 2 very similar ones and I think my readers are getting fed up with 'getting to know me'!!

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  7. I read this twice yesterday from my mobile Suzanne (iPhone) and it won't let me comment from it!! So this morning I have purposely come to find the laptop so I can comment before leaving the house! I love this post, your Granny sounds amazing and what a wonderful lady she is. Really inspirational to be embracing modern technology (my mum at 63 is forever heard of saying "Oh I can't do that I am too old") Happy Birthday Granny for next week XXX

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    1. Thank you Louise! So many people saying that they can't comment from mobiles at the moment, not sure what's going on :( Thanks for making the effort to come back x x

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  8. Love this post. I felt so similar about my beautiful grandma, and so miss her. Enjoy your special celebrations lovely family xxx

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    1. Thanks Stace. I know how much you adored your Grandma. Gone but never forgotten x x

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  9. This made me cry - I've never had nay Grandparents and always dreamt of a Granny like this! She sounds amazing and you're so lucky to have her :)

    She is beautiful and her nails are gorgeous!! Such a beautiful moment captured here one that will be treasured always xxx

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    1. What a lovely comment Sonia, I do hope she reads this :) I am blessed I know. x

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  10. I love that she uses an iPad - and as for her nails? I am hiding mine in shame! What a lovely post. x

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    1. Yes, sadly I did not inherit the good nails gene :( Thanks for commenting.

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  11. She is a good looking lady. Hope I have her style when I get to 90. What a lovely pic to treasure x

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    1. Ah thank you. I hope that I retain some of her good looks!

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  12. What a wonderful, wonderful woman! I was very close to my grandma who sadly passed away nearly three years ago - she also took pride in her appearance right to the very end. The expression on her face is priceless - beautiful portrait of the generations! X.

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    1. Isn't it just. Definitely a photos that's for keeps. Thanks for your comment x

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  13. what a lovely post and such a lovely way of depicting old, age is just a number and this lady certainly knows that. I always remember my gran and her delight in holding her great grandchildren.

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    1. Lovely isn't it. Thanks for reading and commenting x

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  14. What a beautiful post and I sure hope Im the same at 90! She is beautiful and very young at heart :-) x

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    1. Am hoping for the same Emma! Thanks for commenting :)

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  15. Wow, what a beautiful lady, and what a great photo. I've heard many stories about this lady in the past and know how fond you are of the relationship you share. I have a great aunt who is similar and admire her hugely.
    I love the fact that she has embraced life and technology, she is such a great example of vibrancy at its very best.
    Happy birthday Suzanne's Granny :-)

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  16. Ok, this is my 3rd attempt at writing a comment. Lets hope it works! This is SUCH a poignantly beautiful photo and the writing does it justice. Beautiful piece. What a granny. You are blessed to still have a granny let alone one as amazing as this. S

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  17. Great, the comment came through, but not as my blog pseudonym....shame. Oh well. I'm www.everyoneelseisenormal.com. Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog. I feel I need to meet you! Hope you had a lovely bday. S

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  18. what a fab photo! love it! I love the way she does her shopping on the ipad. To be honest she is probably better on the ipad than I am as I can't make head nor tail of it. I remember my husbands nanny (sadly passed away last year at 88) asked for a computer when she was into her eighties and she used to play games on there and use it to update the annual bowls club list once a year. We used to get a phonecall each year to ask how to print it out because she only needed to do the printing once a year and would forget one year to the next. I wish the technology we have nowadays was around when my mum was alive as it would have done her (and me!) the world of good to stay in touch with things like facebook etc.

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