After we got back from Illinois, I mentioned spending time with some of Christopher’s family, but I decided that Mommo needed her very own post. Mommo is Christopher’s grandmother and she is such a spunky, independent lady.
On my side of the family, we all try to get together frequently for holidays and birthdays and just to see each other. Christopher’s family doesn’t really do that as much so to see Mommo we try to make a trip up to Illinois at least once a year.
We’ve missed two years out of the six we’ve been married, but it’s better than not seeing her at all! She is a special lady and we don’t know how many years we’ll have left with her. Though… Mommo is so fit that I wouldn’t be surprised if she outlives us all! She walks a couple of miles every day! And she finally just retired from the “old folks home” where she worked (you know, where many of the inhabitants were younger than she was, ha!).
I had one great-grandmother who lived until I was 13 (my namesake: Rachel, in fact!). But other than her, I don’t remember any of my other great-grandparents. In an effort to let our future children know Mommo just a little bit, we filmed her giving them a little bit of advice. I know this may seem morbid, but it’s not like we think we’ll never see her again. It’s just something we wanted to do while we were thinking about it. We want to give our kids the chance to see and hear their great-grandmother. And her little speech turned out to be SO true to who she is when she goes off track that I felt like it was a great way for our kids to get to know her a little. And since I think it’s hilarious, I want to share it with you guys as well!
So I actually couldn’t see what I was filming at the time because of the sun which is why this is missing part of her head some of the time, ha! But the video is still so true to Mommo – right down to the bugging-us-to-have-kids-but-then-taking-it-back thing. 😉
Did you grow up knowing any of your great-grandparents?