Posted by: Calmseas (Mike) | March 7, 2013

It’s A Wonderful Life!

GrandmaThe year was 1913. On March 4, William Howard Taft left office as President of the United States, and Woodrow Wilson was sworn in as the 28th President. Three days later—100 years ago today—my grandmother was born.

Grandma passed away at the age of 98, a mere 16 months away from reaching the century milestone. For years, we had thought that she had a good chance at getting there. To her last breath, she was physically active and mentally as sharp as a tack! The last day of her life, she made her way alone to the Meijer mega-store near her apartment—she still lived alone, without assistance—and then stopped at Burger King for coffee. And then, sometime in the late afternoon, God called her home. She was alone at her death, which is one of the saddest things in life that I can think of. But she lived her life as she wanted, on her own terms, and independent right up to the end; that is one of the most fortunate things in life that I can think of, and something that we all hope will be our lot as we near the end of our days.

Since her death in November of 2011, I have missed my grandmother every day. But I have the hope of a great reunion with her someday. Until then, she will live on in wonderful and precious memories that I will hold for the rest of my days. But I also see her legacy all around me every day. I see her in all of those family members who were touched by her in so many ways, particularly my own children and grandchildren. What a remarkable thing that she got to know a couple of her great-great grandchildren during her lifetime. And not just nominally, but she really got to know them, for they were already 9 and 7 years old at the time of her death. During their formative years, these children were privileged to sit on her lap and listen to her talk about how things were long ago and how things are today; they had opportunities to sit with her at a table on a New Year’s Day or an Easter afternoon and play board games; they were able to share birthday cake and ice cream with her at numerous birthday parties. Her great-great grandchildren where able to engage her in so many ways and on so many occasions, enjoying the company of their great-great grandmother to the fullest over many years. What a special gift this was for these children, my grandchildren. And what a special gift this was for me to see and to be a part of these special years.

So my hat is off to my grandmother on this day, what would have been her 100th birthday. She lived well, and she loved well. And she was loved in return, and will be forever remembered. You can’t ask more from life than that.



  1. That was beautiful !


  2. That was very nice.

  3. Very nice. Now I’ll share it. Should have posted a picture of her.

  4. Beautiful and so very true.

  5. Beautiful.

  6. Very nice Mike 🙂

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