Do you see this beautiful woman with the twinkle in her eye?
She gave birth to and raised 8 children - one of those being my own mother.
That beautiful woman, is my sweet Granny Shanks.
As a young girl, I sat next to my granny in church and looked up at her with a twisted face at her tone deaf singing and asked, "Are you trying to sing the alto line?!" Back then, I didn't appreciate the fact that her gentle off-key singing to her children each night before bedtime was what sparked the love of music in my mother - and ultimately a lifetime of loving music in myself.CAPTCHAs are not her forte. . .) Though despite her lack of internet expertise, she still manages to retain the position as my number one blog fan. Her only regular critique comes to me as a question of why I do not post more often.
without praise for her exceptionally large family.
You know, on a frequent basis I take the liberty of informing my gran that, "It's me! Your favorite grand-daughter calling!" She always lovingly responds, "Yes! You are one of my favorite granddaughters!" I know I'm not the only one who pulls the "favorite" grand-daughter trick, because she has confused me with more than a handful of my other cousins/sister when I call and refuse to give her my name - only the title! This speaks to me of the great love she shares with all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren (Lincoln being #16). We all feel like her favorite.
Whether you ever get around to admitting I'm your favorite, I have a little something to tell you Granny - YOU are MY favorite Octogenarian!! :) Happy 80th Birthday Granny!!! You are beautiful and I love you. Now I'm going to tie up this happy birthday post with a little video from Julian Smith. Granny - I feel the same way about you as Julian does about his gran - You are awesome!