Proud Grandmom of Laura Jean 1981

??????????????In just about five days my first grand-daughter will celebrate her thirty-third birthday.  I am thinking back to that incredible day when she came into this world and it was magical to hold her in the nursery.  As I gazed at this baby girl, I thought OM goodness this makes me a grandmother at 45 years.  Her Mom’s mom was already called grandma and so I took the liberty of adopting the name “Nana” as grandmother sounded too old to me way back when I was so young..

As Laura grew over the years she decided that her Nana was not like other Nana’s with her fun ways and decided to call me teenage Nana.  This name has stuck all through the years  with a couple of additions added to it.  When her younger sister was born in 1989 I was living out-of-state and didn’t get to meet her until she was almost two.  At that time I told Désirée that I was her Nana and with her big eyes looked at me quizzically. ” I repeated Nana like Nana Banana” and she smiled the biggest cutest smile and toddled out of the room.  A few hours later she came back with an ice cream wooden stick that she had pasted a Chiquita banana sticker on.  Hence my new name became Nana Banana, but Laura insisted that teenage precede Nana banana.  Fast forward to the present and my  first four grandchildren all  still call me Teenage Nana Banana .  There were times when we were all together and onlookers would just chuckle hearing it.  I still laugh when I think of it!  It keeps me happy and feeling silly, too!

My gosh it sure doesn’t seem like so much time has passed but again I am so thankful to have these cherished memories.  Laura I wish you a wonderful birthday and I do love you and my unique name.  And I thank you Des for adding the banana sticker and making my name even more adorable.

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Time Flying By

This awesome photo taken back in 2008 when Terry had just turned 50 young years of age.  It didn’t seem real that my first-born son (1958) had reached this milestone in his life going through many of life’s challenges and surviving it all.  He is a guy with a sarcastic tone to his soft voice and really true to his sign (Leo) that states their roar is louder than their bite.  Because he truly has a big heart and loves baseball.  I have always wished that he could play just once for the New York Yankees (as that has been a dream of his), since he was a boy.  And, if I ever win the Lottery I will find a way to fund his dream.

Terry and Peggy have four children all grown up now.  They are also grandparents to two fantastic children and I marvel at where the time has gone.  I recall “my mom saying in a blink of an eye, they are all grown up” and how very this is.  Just maneuvering the unknown roads of raising your children is scary in itself as we have no rule or guide books and I know there were many a night I cried and thought I can’t get through this or will I live to see him grow up?  But strength love and devotion kicks in and we muddle through each challenge and before we know it, they are grown up!

And amazingly I survived and it is so wonderful to have not only one son but three fantastic sons to complete my life.  Just wish that time might slow down a little now in my later years so I can smell the roses – breathe the fresh air and enjoy all the love.

My Son Terry and I
My Son Terry and I

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Looking Back is Fun

Trying to relax after some stressing family news and I came across my fun-cruise for New Years back in 2008 on the Princess Ruby. It was a fabulous cruise and I did some ballroom dancing with a few professionals that I just adored. Now when I watch Dancing with the Stars I can relate to the training but my attire was classy compared to the show. I guess if I were younger by a few years I might have been a little risque, but my split was enough!my-dancing-cruise pic6 pic5 pic4 pic3

New Years cruise 2008
New Years cruise 2008

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Hi there Daddy-It is anniversary time in a few days and I thought I would bring you up to date.  You are now the proud loving great grand-father to Marissa who will be 13 in May and Anthony whose birthday is June 13 and he will be 10.  These two sweethearts are Terry’s grand-children and Terry is my first-born son who remembers you showing him your cigars and the box they came in.  He also recalls the rubber band ball you showed him how to make and I laughed when you handed me the paper ring around the cigar that read the name of the brand.  I always wore these on my fingers until they ripped.  What wonderful memories Daddy!

Joe my middle son who was born in January 1964 is now 50 years of age with an adorable son named after him and he will be turning fifteen on June 18.  He is very proficient in Math (geometry) and I think he inherited your scholastic skills as he loves learning and being number one although he claims he doesn’t like school.  But I think all children really like learning just not the formal classroom five days a week along with the homework.

Joe also has a beautiful daughter born on June 13 (the same as Anthony) and her name is Joava.  Daddy you would adore her big dark eyes and cute smile as she is just learning to crawl. Her mom’s name is Chanipa and she is from Thailand.  She too has the curly dark hair along with Joe and so Joava’s hair is almost black with beautiful waves and curls.

Last but not least in any way is my youngest son Darrin who will be 45 in April and his wife’s name is Maria. Her two children Sam 9 and Meg 7 are adorable and smart.  Their sister Mia is your other great grand-daughter which brings the count to nine grand children for me and two-great grand children.  The three of them make a colorful photo shot with Sam sporting blond hair, Meg a fiery red and Mia a medium brown with red highlights.  Daddy with today’s technology we have computers that can connect online and allows us to see our family via a program called Skype.  It is a magical moment when I can see my son and my grandchildren on my computer screen.  We can talk and it is almost like that they are right in the room with me visiting.  Being we live out-of-state (I live in the sunshine state named Florida) and they are still in N.Y. it helps fill the void.  I think you would have loved the challenge of learning the computer age, daddy.

It makes me so proud to know I have raised three awesome sons that you would have loved too.  Most especially that they are all Yankee fans and N.Y. Giants football fans ,too.   The Yankees have a brand new stadium that they tell me is awesome. Daddy, you would have had wonderful conversations with each of them and in turn they would glean so much information from you along with your wonderful love and way.

It will be fifty-one years on March 11 since I last saw you Daddy as you lied in the hospital bed in a coma.  I told you quietly (as I held your hand ) just how much you meant to me and how very much I loved you and to please get well and not leave me.  But it was not to be and you passed at 6:00 that evening.  I have never for a moment forgotten you nor have I ever stopped missing you.  I do smile through my tears and I am strong (even when I feel weak), just like you taught me.  Time will never erase the wonderful memories of you my Daddy……..I sure hope you are resting in peace knowing you have a family  that is learning all about my wonderful Dad…………Your loving baby girl………….Millie

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Will the tradition continue?

Sunday night will be the look forward to show of the year for my sisters and brother and of course my self.  This will be the fashion and hairdo’s plus our check sheet in hand for our best pick of actress-actor-music scores and other categories finally concluding with the best picture of the year.  This is the Oscars and I don’t believe I have missed a show since 1952.  Staying up to midnight some years  was difficult when I had to be up early the next day for school and then later on for work but I managed to get through the day and crash earlier on Monday night.  It has always been a tradition in my family but unfortunately not for my children.  Going to the movies was the event of the week when I was a child and Saturday afternoon was movie time.  We could walk to the movies and buy children’s tickets and be seated by the matron in the children’s section.  We knew better than to misbehave as she carried a flashlight and a mean look on her face and she would escort you out of your seat  if you did.  Plus we would be punished once we got home so we always thought of this first.

I should explain that growing up in New York City (in the borough called the Bronx) everything was in walking distance and children walked to school rain or shine sleet or snow.  We didn’t have the luxury of snow days or parents driving us as most of us didn’t own an automobile.  We had the subway and buses and for a few years I recall even the trolley car when I was much younger.  It was kind of neat having that independence and no fear of someone hurting us.  We were taught right from wrong and what the rewards and repercussions were.

Anyway back to the movies on Saturday, we started off with cartoons and then the News reel  followed by the coming attractions.  This was at least a half hour and then we had two full length movies with one always being a western and the other a comedy.  John Wayne, Randolph Scott, Gary Cooper, Hedy Lamar, Lana Turner, Cornell Wilde were some of the earlier stars and we had lots of pirate movies.   The cost was maybe $.15 graduating to a quarter in later years.    So the love of movies started at early age.  We always tried to see the best ones first.  This way if they were nominated for an Oscar, we could vote among ourselves.   Also,” let me tell you that we knew what was fantasy (make-believe) and real so that movies like Frankenstein and the Mummy scared us but we knew it wasn’t real with the same rationale with the cowboys and Indians killing each other with guns and arrows.”

When all the fear began I don’t know but then again when we lost self-respect for others, maybe this was the beginning of the end of the “good old days”.  But the Oscars lived on through it all and I am so happy to be the age I am along with my two sisters and brother that will be tuned in tomorrow night for the traditional show.  I have to admit I have not seen all the movies up for the award but it will be enjoyable nonetheless.

I am hoping the tradition continues!!!

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