Gratitude

Centenarian

Centenarian

My grandmother turns 100 next week.  I’ve had the privilege to know her a quarter of her life.  When I was born, I had an apgar score of 1 (10 is a perfectly healthy baby and 0 is a dead one).   Needless to say, my parents were stressed.  My grandmother and the rest of the family drove down from Kentucky to see the first grandchild and to support my parents.  From what my mom tells me, my parents were still in shock and were extremely cautious and careful with me.  As the oldest of 9 and the mother of 4, the matriarch of our family scooped me up in her arms, held me tight, and lifted me in the air, “You’re going to be my miracle baby!”   My mom said I smiled.

Growing up, I knew my grandmother was special.  As fond as I am of words and languages, no word can do her justice.  If you saw her smile or tasted one of her chocolate chip cookies, you would immediately know that “Mary T” is different.  Her blue eyes still light up with curiosity when she hears about my students in China or about my time in San Francisco.  She’s always laughing and eats ice cream almost every day, except for during Advent and Lent.  Even as she turns 100, I’ve never thought of her as old.    When someone asks her, “What was your favorite age?”  She chuckles and responds, “The age I’m at!”

Grandmother and me (photo taken by my father)

She has the strongest faith in God of anyone I’ve ever met and says her rosary daily, praying for every member of our family and friends with their specific needs at that time.  She also is the most grateful and humble person I know.   Every time I call, she mentions how grateful she is to have a loving family, how grateful she is to have a warm home, how grateful she is that you called.  She briefly mentions the arthritis in her hands but quickly adds, “I thank God every day for my good health.” She ends every call with several “I love you’s” and a “sweet kiss.”

My grandmother’s also human.  She has had more than her share of hard times and has plenty she could dwell on, but she chooses to love and let go, which next to patience, is my greatest life lesson.  My grandmother earns less than $1,000 from social security a month, but if you asked her what she wanted for her birthday, I know she would answer “my family.”

Grandmother: I love and respect you more than words could ever express, and I strive to be half the woman you are.

**Note: Thank you to everyone for your thoughtful and kind comments.  My grandmother has since passed, but her memory lives within all the lives she touched. You can meet her in the 6th episode when I interviewed her in 2006.**

Jacqueline
Jacqueline has always been an explorer at heart. Whether it was as a little girl climbing the tallest trees in the forest behind her house or as a 20-something living in rural China, Jacqueline loves adventure and the unknown. Read more about her and "6 Months to Live" in the site's "About" section. Thanks for reading!

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    Karen Boone » 10. Nov, 2010

    She really is an incredible woman. She’s taught me far more than how to bake a pie. She’s never treated me any different than her own daughter. She’s taught me to be a better person by her example. We’ve all experienced some difficult times in our lives and she was there praying for us all along. She was especially there by my side 24 years ago when I needed someone to just hold my hand and listen to me. I, also, love her more than words could ever express.

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    Jacqueline » 10. Nov, 2010

    She truly is amazing!! Can’t wait to see her and you next week, Aunt Karen!!

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    mmgoodsongs » 10. Nov, 2010

    Sometimes God leaves His angels on earth so we can no what heaven must be like. I think He plans it that way so that we always strive to get there (eventually) I have known many and you and your Grandmother sound like the type. Your ability to be grateful for the gift that she is in your life really says that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Thank you so much for sharing these lovely thoughts. That picture is a treasure as well.

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    The Simple Life of a Country Man's Wife » 10. Nov, 2010

    I agree. You have a treasure here on earth!

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    Jacqueline » 10. Nov, 2010

    I do! Thanks for reading!

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    Jacqueline » 10. Nov, 2010

    Thank you, mmgoodsongs, for your kind and thoughtful words. I really appreciate them. I can’t wait to show my grandmother all the positive feedback that’s come from this article. I know it will mean so much to her!

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    runtobefit » 10. Nov, 2010

    That was a beautiful story. I would love to meet her…she sounds wonderful. I can’t believe she is going to be 100!! Wow…very impressed. God be with her always!!

    http://www.runtobefit.wordpress.com

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    Jacqueline » 10. Nov, 2010

    Thank you, runtobefit! I love running too!

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    Alicia » 10. Nov, 2010

    Wow. This is so sweet!! I feel the same way about my grandma.

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    Jacqueline » 10. Nov, 2010

    Thank you!

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    tryityoumightlikeit » 10. Nov, 2010

    What a lovely tribute to your grandmother! We need more people like her.

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    Jacqueline » 10. Nov, 2010

    Thank you! I agree.

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    Katie Moore » 10. Nov, 2010

    Wah… you make me miss my own grandma. She was something else. My favorite quote from her? “If you never accept a child’s dandelions, you will never get their roses.” Thanks for this post!

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    Jacqueline » 10. Nov, 2010

    Great quote!!

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    Jacqueline » 10. Nov, 2010

    Thanks so much for sharing this on your site!

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    Sarah M-K » 10. Nov, 2010

    I think we sometimes take grandparents for granted, I only have one left and I realized about 2 years ago I better make use of this time, ask questions and hear stories…these people are your lifeline and wont be here for ever. Good story Jackie!

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    Jacqueline » 10. Nov, 2010

    Thanks Sarah!!

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    Evie Garone » 10. Nov, 2010

    You are very lucky and your Grandma sound super. God Bless all of your family! I’m glad you seem to have thrived!

    evelyngarone.com

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    Jacqueline » 10. Nov, 2010

    Thanks Evie!

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    gazingatnavels » 10. Nov, 2010

    Beautifully written. My Grandmother has passed on but my heart breaks, still, with gratitude whenever I think of how she loved.

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    Jacqueline » 10. Nov, 2010

    Thank you!! I’m glad to hear that you had such a profound experience with your grandmother too! Great blog name by the way!

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    Andrea Mueller » 10. Nov, 2010

    Beautiful

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    Jacqueline » 10. Nov, 2010

    Thanks Andrea! And our conversation was the inspiration to write it!

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    elenasc » 10. Nov, 2010

    Thank you for this post! I really wish I had more time to spend with my grandmother!

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    Jacqueline » 10. Nov, 2010

    Thanks for reading, elenasc! It sounds like you had a wonderful experience with your grandmother too. I’m very grateful to have her in my life!

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    Marianne » 10. Nov, 2010

    Beautiful! I love the blog idea and grateful to find it. Thank you for sharing.

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    Jacqueline » 10. Nov, 2010

    Thank you Marianne!

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    siouxfairy » 10. Nov, 2010

    nice story..happy birthday for your grandmother :)
    i wish i could know my grandmother, lucky you still have her :)

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    Jacqueline » 10. Nov, 2010

    Thank you! I know that feeling too. I never knew either of my grandfathers and would love to have heard about all their experiences.

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    hamsterdreams » 10. Nov, 2010

    Where does the 6 months to live comment come in? Are you or your grandmother expected to pass away in 6 months, or is it just a philosophical question, what would you do if you knew you had 6 months to live?

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    Jacqueline » 10. Nov, 2010

    It’s more of a philisophical question. :) I hope to live as long as my grandmother! I write more about the background of the blog in the “about” section. Thanks for reading!

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    dearexgirlfriend » 10. Nov, 2010

    thanks for putting my life in perspective, and in an incredibly well-written way. congrats on being freshly pressed too!
    http://dearexgirlfriend.com/

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    Jacqueline » 10. Nov, 2010

    Thanks so much!

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    Beverly » 10. Nov, 2010

    Thank you for sharing. Beautiful story.

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    Jacqueline » 10. Nov, 2010

    Thanks for reading, Beverly!

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    Lenore Diane » 10. Nov, 2010

    Happy 100th birthday to your grandmother. Seems we could all learn a thing (or 100) from her. Being an ice cream addict, I love that she enjoys the frozen dairy treat every day. She’s my kind of person! Thank you for sharing this with us.

    Regards,
    Lenore

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    Jacqueline » 10. Nov, 2010

    Thanks so much, Lenore! I love ice cream too!

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    sophielumen » 10. Nov, 2010

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful Grandmother with us. By the example of her love and prayers she keeps the faith shining and present for the rest of us. Please tell her this… and send along Happy Birthday Wishes!

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    Jacqueline » 10. Nov, 2010

    I will be sure to pass that on, Sophie! Thank you!

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    tonirand » 10. Nov, 2010

    Thank you for sharing :)

    Happy Birthday to your grandma. (I’m liking the fact that she still likes ice-cream. That’s a cool Grandma if ever there was one!) :-)

    Blessings
    ann

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    Jacqueline » 10. Nov, 2010

    Thanks Ann! She’s a pretty cool lady!

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    Allison » 10. Nov, 2010

    Congratulations for being pick up by wordpress. How was Nepal? Details…details.

    Your grandmother is inspiring,keep on writing :)

    go out and play,
    Allie

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    Jacqueline » 10. Nov, 2010

    Thanks for reading, Allie! The Nepal trip got canceled… :( So instead, I went to Goa for a few days and enjoyed the beach. I will be sure to get to Nepal in the near future though! When you get a chance, be sure to update me on how your travels are treating you!

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    Lee Ann Rubsam » 10. Nov, 2010

    This is a beautiful post! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful grandma with the rest of us.

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    Jacqueline » 10. Nov, 2010

    Thank you, Lee Ann! I really appreciate your comment.

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    Jessica » 10. Nov, 2010

    Awesome. Beautifully written. Nice shoes, Jackie.

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    Jacqueline » 10. Nov, 2010

    Thanks girl! Jane would be proud!

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    Sister Earth Organics » 10. Nov, 2010

    So glad that your post was picked to be FP’d so we can all share in your grandmother’s birthday. I ‘m sure she is getting a kick out of all this!

    What a sweet picture!

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    Jacqueline » 10. Nov, 2010

    Thanks! Really liked your site!

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    bookjunkie » 10. Nov, 2010

    this brought a tear to my eye. I could feel your immense love for your grandma and she sounds like an amazing woman that we could all learn from. thank you so much for sharing :)

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    bookjunkie » 10. Nov, 2010

    I am been yearning to be more spiritual and also be more grateful for what I have and your post is what I needed for a boost. your grandma sounds like your true heroine :)

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    Jacqueline » 10. Nov, 2010

    Thank you!!

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    Jumping in Mud Puddles » 10. Nov, 2010

    Well, that brought a tear to my eye. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful story, and a wonderful grandmother. Sounds like the grand-daughter is pretty special too. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

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    Jacqueline » 10. Nov, 2010

    Thank you, jumping in mud puddles! I love jumping in puddles too. :)

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    So Blue » 10. Nov, 2010

    I love her response to the question “What was your favorite age?” So many people are stuck in the past and forget to enjoy the present. She seems like a wonderful woman and a great example on how to live.

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    Jacqueline » 10. Nov, 2010

    I agree!

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    stephanie » 10. Nov, 2010

    Beautiful photo of you two! It’s amazing the moments we capture, that will last our lifetime, and those to come.

    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

    http://www.babycross.wordpress.com

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    Jacqueline » 10. Nov, 2010

    Thank you! My dad took it!

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    wonderwall97 » 10. Nov, 2010

    Aww. This is sweet. I suddenly remember my grandmother. She was to me what your grandmother is to you. .After 11 years I still misses her :(

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    Jacqueline » 10. Nov, 2010

    It sounds like she lives on in your heart.

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    wonderwall97 » 11. Nov, 2010

    Yes. She will always be. :) Thanks for posting by the way :)

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    Currie Rose » 10. Nov, 2010

    Wow! That is lovely! Sounds like she is a very wise and loving woman. :) I keep a gratitude journal each day…. my joy is often contagious and that is how I experienced what you wrote about your grandma. Have fun celebrating her birthday!

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    Jacqueline » 10. Nov, 2010

    A gratitude journal—that’s a great idea! I think I’ll start one of those. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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    Samantha Mawdsley » 10. Nov, 2010

    Your grandmother will be eligible to join the 100+ Club, a completely free social club exclusively for people aged 100 or more!

    For more information, check us out on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/100plusclub or Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/100plusclub or on the web: http://www.qccn.org.au

    ~Samantha~
    100+ Club co-ordinator

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    Jacqueline » 11. Nov, 2010

    Interesting! I’ll let her know.

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    rtcrita » 10. Nov, 2010

    What a beautiful tribute with words of praise for your grandmother. You made my heart feel something and my eyes tear at the corners for the sheer love you express for her. It’s wonderful that you have such an exceptional role model in your grandmother. She sounds like the kind of grandmother I would like to be someday!

    My daughter was born 3 months early and weighed 2 lbs. 8 1/2 ozs. and was given a 50/50 chance to live. She spent 54 days in the hospital before I could take her home with me. Now, she is in her second year of college on an academic scholarship and is healthy as can be at the age of 19. She is my “miracle baby.”

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    Jacqueline » 11. Nov, 2010

    That’s a wonderful story! Your daughter was able to achieve so much in part because she had loving support from her family. I’m sure that you will be a wonderful grandmother too!

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    Booksphotographsandartwork » 10. Nov, 2010

    That is beautiful. I have similar memories of my grandmother. The best gift she gave me was her strong faith in God. She passed away when she was 92.

    Last night as I was going through some old crafting supplies I found a piece of an old postcard from my other grandmother that the one I spoke of above had then used as a pattern piece for a quilt. It was such a treasure to find. I blogged about it here.

    http://skirtingit.wordpress.com/

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    Jacqueline » 11. Nov, 2010

    Thanks for sharing! Liked your blog! :)

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    Shanna Van Norman Consulting & Coaching » 10. Nov, 2010

    love it! beautiful story

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    Jacqueline » 11. Nov, 2010

    Thank you, Shanna!

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    The Ramblings Of A Demented Mind » 10. Nov, 2010

    This reminds me of my grandmother who is 95! :-) Lovely post! Both of you have fun celebrating the b’day. And congratulations on being freshly pressed!

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    Jacqueline » 11. Nov, 2010

    Thank you! 95! That’s great. It sounds like you’re enjoying your time with her too!

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    huffygirl » 10. Nov, 2010

    Hope your 6 months goes well. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

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    Jacqueline » 11. Nov, 2010

    Thanks, huffygirl!

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    Club Dine In! » 10. Nov, 2010

    Thank you for sharing. I miss my grandmother so much…

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    Jacqueline » 11. Nov, 2010

    Thanks for reading and commenting. Grandmothers are special people, and it sounds like yours was very special too.

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    Dianne » 10. Nov, 2010

    What a lovely tribute to your grandmother. Your mother has spoken so often about her and what a wonderful woman she is – and now to read how special she is to you too! Beautiful!!
    Wishing her the BEST BIRTHDAY EVER! Have fun at the party.

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    Jacqueline » 11. Nov, 2010

    Thanks for reading, Dianne! She truly is amazing and has transformed all our lives! I can’t wait to go home!

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    notesfromrumbleycottage » 10. Nov, 2010

    Such a wonderful post. Thanks for sharing.

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    Jacqueline » 11. Nov, 2010

    Thank you! I really appreciate that!

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    Shihabvm » 10. Nov, 2010

    nice post,,ur are rockkking

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    Jacqueline » 11. Nov, 2010

    Thank you, Shihabvm!

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    wongmuntilan » 10. Nov, 2010

    Please send her my birthday wishes (wish her a long, happy life, surrounded by family and friends she loves), along with hugs and kisses… from Indonesia ^^

    You’re so lucky to have her, and I believe she’s lucky to have you ^^

    God bless your family ^^

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    Jacqueline » 11. Nov, 2010

    Wow! Greetings all the way from Indonesia! I know she’ll appreciate that. Thank you!

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    thedesertdreamer » 10. Nov, 2010

    My Nana died just two months ago at far too young an age…and I was closer to her than anyone else in my life. It’s been awful…but it was so wonderful to have known her…and I’m so glad I don’t regret not spending time with her enough…we spent sooo much time together. I think it’s great you appreciate and love your grandmother. Enjoy being with each other! Memories last forever.

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    Jacqueline » 11. Nov, 2010

    Thank you for sharing this, thedesertdreamer. I’m glad that you got to spend so much time with your grandmother and that you have memories that remain in your heart now and always.

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    thedesertdreamer » 13. Nov, 2010

    Thanks for replying to my comment. I love that you take the time to do that for everyone who comments. I’ll keep an eye on your blog. It’s great.

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    amentiviolet » 10. Nov, 2010

    Awww, this is so sweet. There are no too many people like her these days. May God Bless her and you too :).

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    Jacqueline » 11. Nov, 2010

    Thank you! Blessings to you too!

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    jaswrites » 11. Nov, 2010

    An excellent post, Ma’am! Your grandmother’s qualities are a true representation of how life should be lived.

    I read your post and wrote this in about 2 minutes [How accurate of an interpretation this is, I do not know.]:

    “Eclectic thoughts swing and heavens run around,
    With the joy of life, existence is abound,
    Age has gone on and on, yet nay have it I seen,
    The child in my inner spirits jumps, active and keen.”

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    Jacqueline » 11. Nov, 2010

    That’s pretty cool—especially for 2 minutes! Thanks for sharing!

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    jkcarillo » 11. Nov, 2010

    I love your post. It makes me miss my grandmothers. Both of them are always joyful and fun to be around with.

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    Jacqueline » 11. Nov, 2010

    Thanks jkcarillo! It’s amazing how much the generations before us can teach us and how those memories and lessons stay with us our entire life.

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    anna » 11. Nov, 2010

    this is oh so touching! you almost made me cry.
    happy birthday to your grandma!

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    Jacqueline » 11. Nov, 2010

    Thank you, Anna! I really appreciate you reading and commenting.

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    John » 11. Nov, 2010

    Wow i love your blog its awesome nice colors you must have did hard work on your blog. Keep up the good work. Thanks
    toolplace.wordpress.com

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    Jacqueline » 11. Nov, 2010

    Thanks John!

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    fashionelle » 11. Nov, 2010

    this is a really touching post. my grandmother’s coming today too, but i’m definitely not happy about that. she’s so stuck up and snobby and can never take a joke. she had 100 plastic surgeries and can even blink her eyes. this is probably torture in one way or another.

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    Jacqueline » 11. Nov, 2010

    Thanks for reading, fashionelle! It sounds like your grandmother is very sensitive and insecure. I hope that she finds peace and self-acceptance.

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    amaranthinestudent » 11. Nov, 2010

    Oh my she sounds just like my Grammy. She passed last year at 94, but she never lost her mind. She had 20 grand children and treated us all special. She kept us all updated on the rest of the family. She too was a devout catholic, but not dogmatic or judgemental of others faith.

    She taught me the key to happiness which is gratitude. She was grateful of every thing she had and never dwelled on whatever pain and suffering she was going through at the time. She chose to look for the good in every moment and she was the happiest, most joyful, compassionate, loving and content person I have ever encountered

    Thank you for writing about your grandma and reminding me of mine. WIth her passing last year sometimes I need to be reminded of the lessons of her life.

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    Jacqueline » 11. Nov, 2010

    Your grandmother sounds like an amazing woman! I’m so glad to hear that you learned many of the same lessons. It all seems to come down to gratitude and appreciation of those around us. I’m still learning to keep an eye on the big picture, but it helps to have people like my grandmother to remind me of a bigger purpose!

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    tashination » 11. Nov, 2010

    I hope she has a really happy birthday :)
    I liked this post – I’m completely stressing and freaking out about the bar exams I am taking tomorrow and it kind of made me stop and see the bigger picture again.

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    Jacqueline » 11. Nov, 2010

    Thanks for commenting! Good luck on your exams!

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    wineguider » 11. Nov, 2010

    A beautiful tribute, and I bet she is proud of you. Especially for your 6-months approach to life. I did the same thing: quit a job as a securities lawyer to play piano in bars. And write reviews of wines. Thanks for your inspiring words,
    -Wineguider, http://wineguider.wordpress.com

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    Jacqueline » 11. Nov, 2010

    Thank you, wineguider! Sounds like you’re living an incredible life!

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    Sudhir Krishnan » 11. Nov, 2010

    In India we usually say “You’ll live for 100 years”.I want to congratulate your grandmother on turning 100 years.They say that those who are happy and healthy live for 100 years,though this might turn out to be a myth that some people tend to break.I can only give your grandmother lots of love and best wishes.

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    Jacqueline » 11. Nov, 2010

    Thank you Sudhir! I’m always interested to hear about other cultures and their views.

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    socsodo » 11. Nov, 2010

    I never got to know either of my grandmothers as they passed away while I was just a baby, so although this post has made me a little sad it is a lovely read nonetheless. The accompanying photo is beautiful.

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    Jacqueline » 11. Nov, 2010

    Thank you socsodo! My dad took it.

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    jrobertdubois » 11. Nov, 2010

    Jacqueline,

    Thank you for this moving tribute to your beloved grandmother. What really struck me is your wish to one day become half the woman she is; when I delivered my grandfather’s eulogy, I wished to become half the man he was…because then I would be ten times the man I am today!

    Grandpa Jack and my father Bob have taught me everything I ever managed to learn about being a strong and gentle man. That led to my own blog on practical peacemaking. I hope you’ll visit:

    PowerfulPeace.NET

    – Rob

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    Jacqueline » 11. Nov, 2010

    Very cool, Rob! I will definitely check it out. I like what you said about being a strong and gentle man. So glad that the men in your family inspired you!

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    sonalisangle » 11. Nov, 2010

    You are really lucky to have such a lovely grandma. I wish you find each other in all of your lives. This is a beautiful read. Thank you.

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    Jacqueline » 11. Nov, 2010

    Thank you, Sonalisangle!

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    Benjamin Franklin » 11. Nov, 2010

    Very beautiful story… Thanks for sharing

    http://autospirit.wordpress.com/

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    Jacqueline » 11. Nov, 2010

    Thank you, Benjamin Franklin!

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    stuckinmypedals » 11. Nov, 2010

    I was lucky enough to have had a grandmother much like yours. She passed away last spring and I miss her like crazy. I hope you have a wonderful time celebrating her life so far. Thanks for sharing.

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    Jacqueline » 12. Nov, 2010

    Thank you, stuckinmypedals! I’m glad that we both had the experience of being around such amazing women.

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    Spicy Pepper » 11. Nov, 2010

    It was really nice to read your post. It reminded me of the days I spent with my grandparents during school vacations.
    Even to this day my grandmother is full of energy and always puts others’ needs ahead of hers. It is really good to have her in my life.

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    Jacqueline » 12. Nov, 2010

    Thank you! I’m sure she appreciates all your gratitude.

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    kluckmeister » 11. Nov, 2010

    Grandma’s are awesome.

    Sounds like you are blessed. It’s amazing how much we can learn from our elders. You are lucky to be able to grow old enough to learn from yours. Most people don’t have this realization until it’s too late.

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    Jacqueline » 12. Nov, 2010

    Grandmas are awesome! I agree. I actually think we can learn the most from our elders and from children. Children have a fresh perspective on the world and don’t take things too seriously. Elders are societies’ wisdom keepers. You might enjoy an article I wrote about from my other blog: http://peachinchina.blogspot.com/2009/09/respected-people.html about ageism in American society. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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    Joyce Buky » 12. Nov, 2010

    It is an honor to know Mrs. Boone. She is an exceptionally wonderful woman! God bless her.

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    Jacqueline » 12. Nov, 2010

    Thank you, Joyce! Amen!

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    sayitinasong » 12. Nov, 2010

    What a beautiful photo of you and your grandmother. You are truly blessed to have such a wise gentle woman as your guide.

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    Jacqueline » 12. Nov, 2010

    Thank you, Sayitinasong!

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    mypurplehoneyjar » 13. Nov, 2010

    What a beautiful post! By the time I was christened all 4 my grandparents had died. And I have always been envious of children who enjoyed such rich experiences.
    Your photo is also so sweet and pretty!

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    Jacqueline » 14. Nov, 2010

    Thank you! What a cool name for a blog. I look forward to checking it out. My dad was always big on taking photos as kids. This one is a treasure!

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    Aligaeta » 13. Nov, 2010

    To you and all the special grandmothers out there;

    A special thanks for all your love, for your beliefs passed to us, and for the inspiration you have been to all us granddaughters who will spend our lives remembering all the ways your love has comforted and strenghtened us. Know each experience that life brings to us you will forever be there in our hearts. As I baked an apple cake today I felt my Baba with me, this is why we call those dishes and deserts comfort foods. Happy birthday!

    Best Regards, Eileen Maguire

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    Jacqueline » 14. Nov, 2010

    How beautiful, Ellen! Thanks for posting your ode to grandmothers!

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    Iverson » 04. May, 2011

    What a harmonious photo it was and how cute u were….
    I am sure that you must had a wonderful party with your grandmother,your family and friends.
    It’s a pity to hear that your failed to go to Nepal the last fall.
    I will pay some time to read your rest postes.It’s all right with me.

    Best wishes,

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    Jacqueline » 04. May, 2011

    Thank you, Iverson! Yes, it was a pity that I could not go to Nepal, but I will go to Peru next month, so it all worked out! Hope everything is going well for you! When will you graduate? This year?

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    shshs » 24. Apr, 2012

    This blog has inspired me to start working on my own blog

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    Jacqueline » 27. Apr, 2012

    That’s so wonderful to hear! What’s your blog about?

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