My grandmother passed away on Saturday very suddenly. My family is still in shock that our healthy grandmother who just went to Zumba class and stayed up late to watch the Yankees game on Friday is no longer with us. With all of the family that has been coming and going through my parent's house as we greive, it feels so strange that she is not here. I keep expecting her to drive up in her Buick and give me a big hug to cheer me up.
I keep thinking about the conversation I recorded with her on her 80th birthday which was just this October. While I'm at home with family in New Jersey, I thought I'd post it because it's really inspirational and sweet.
Although you might not have known my grandmother, I think everyone will enjoy this interview and I encourage you to listen. (Please ignore me laughing too much). Mama talks about her very first job babysitting for a rich family for the summer on the Jersey shore, her father moving to the United States from Poland and getting involved with bootlegging, having acute appendicitis on the day of her sister's wedding, how she met my grandfather, and she even tells a joke that she was not allowed to hear as a child (because she was the youngest) but secretly listened to anyway and never forgot.
When I asked if she had any advice for her grandchildren this is what she said:
You have to know yourself. Be yourself, be honest. If you try to not tell it the way it’s supposed to be told, it always hits you. You can’t get away with that. Say the truth, you don’t have to worry what you said, you’re telling the truth. I believe in that.
I love you Mama.