Today my Gran would have been 100 years old!
Whenever I read about someone who would've been a 100 today …. it’s usually about someone who passed away many years ago …. without you being able to have any real conception or idea of the kind of person they would have been at 100.
My Gran passed away at just over 99 years of age …. so I have a very real idea of the person she would have been at age 100.
Today, on her 100th birthday, I have hundreds, if not thousands, of amazing memories of her.
My Gran ensured that she truly LIVED all 99 of her years on this earth.
I recently read a book called “The 100 year old man who climbed through the window and disappeared”, in which the philosophy of the old man is that “life is what it is”.
My Gran knew that “life is what it is” … never complaining about the loss of her eye sight. Never complaining about the loss of a loved one, even when it broke her heart.
She knew how to carry on, how to continue living, how to continue laughing, how to continue loving and how to continue believing.
I love that until the end she could tell a joke or tease us and laugh with her entire body.
I love that until the end she wanted things to be done the right way.
I love that until the end she prayed for me and our entire family.
I love that until the end, her God was her true anchor in life and that she held on tight.
I love that she has shown me that even if you were a woman born in 1917, you could be formidable, strong and independent.
She never had a career. She raised two beautiful daughters with her husband. BUT she was the anchor, the drive and the inspiration for all three generations who followed her.
Granny …. I can just imagine the party you are having with Oupa today. I’m sure he is so happy that you finally joined him after making him wait for 26 years! (You always knew how to keep him waiting)
Happy Birthday to my Super Duper Granny!
Thank you for inspiring me. I will always love and miss you.