92 Years of Experience

July 21, 2008

I spent this past weekend in NY to be with my grandmother for her 92nd birthday.  In honor of 92 years of laughter, loss, love and life, here are the 5 things I learned from my grandmother.

1) How to properly boil and egg and make a pot of chicken soup. 

2) That one very nice and properly fitting black dress is worth ten ill fitting ones.  The same goes for the matching shoes and hand bag. 

3) No matter how casual the meal or comfortable the company, you never serve guests out of the pot and a well set table can make even the most basic meal elegant.

4) To be proud of your youth and unashamed of the choices you have made. To remember the hard years fondly and the easy years longingly. 

5) That there is no shame in crying for the ones you have loved and lost.  The tears that fall when you remember the way your friend wore her hair or the way your husband greeted you at the door every day for 48 years honors their life as much as it mourns their death.


5 Responses to “92 Years of Experience”

  1. Jennie Says:

    Wow. She is one amazing woman. Happy birthday to her!

    I love that you mentioned not serving guests out of the pot. I love serving dishes. The only problem is figuring out where to store them!

  2. Molly Says:

    She sounds amazing. I hope that one day I can offer such great advice too.

  3. Erin Says:

    Awww… Sara. What an absolutely lovely birthday tribute.

  4. Mike Says:

    This is one amazing lady. good lessons for all of us.

  5. she truly sounds like an amazing woman. Happy Birthday to her, and you’re lucky to have her as your grandma, maybe that’s why you turned out to be so fabulosa!!!!

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