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When asked to join the hop, I said sure what not? I love Elle as a person and her books. But then I had to come with a favorite birthday memory. Wow! At 46, birthdays have a new meaning anymore but I would like to share my most poignant birthday memory.
As a child you are not supposed to have a favorite set of grandparents, but I did. My dad’s parents were like a second set of parents for me. I was the first-born grandchild and the only granddaughter for 13 years. I had stinkin’ boy cousins until three of my aunts had all girls without months of each other. I was spoiled to no end but not to the point of me being a brat.
Well, my beloved Grandy (grandfather) was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1982. I, along with everyone else, was devastated. He hadn’t smoked in 20 years but he still had the disease. Fast forward to January 27, 1983. That evening, Grandy was stepping out of his bath tub and a brain aneurism got him. Died in my grandmother’s arms. He was 67 years old and working a full 8 hours at the office that day. I knew that he loved me and I still miss intensely all these years later. 10 days later, I was to celebrate my sweet 16th birthday.
Unknown to me, my parents had planned a surprise sweet 16th birthday party for me. My mom had gotten together with all of my friends, boyfriend and planned everything perfectly. My parents wanted to cancel the party due to my grandfather’s passing but my friends and other relatives wouldn’t let them. Imagine my complete shock when I walked in on my own party with all of my out-of-town relatives (that I thought had left after the funeral), friends and the entire high school soccer team (swoon, at the time) in my parent’s house.
Please don’t cry for me or feel sorry for me. It was the best birthday ever and I will never forget my friends and family came together for me for that birthday. Yes, it was sad because Grandy wasn’t there to celebrate with me but I knew he was there in spirit. Of course, my birthday was pink. Its my signature color! LOL! Again, I will never forget having my 3 year old cousins hanging on every word that my friends talked about and the way that my friends treated my younger cousins with respect and honesty.
I’ve had the big 21st, 30th, 40th and my Colt 45th (as my husband called it) and now I’m 46 and sliding into 50. I still remember my 16th birthday like it was yesterday and my heart still swells.